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September 30, 2012

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September 30, 2012

I'm a mama to 3 boys. I was raised in a harsh authoritarian way and I don't want to replicate this. Hand in hand parenting gives invaluable advice and support to folk like me who don't have the knowledge to parent lovingly and gently, as it wasn't our experience. It gives reminders to be attached and loving even when we feel like screaming - or worse - at children, reminding us gently and firmly that its often our own stuff thats getting in the way of attachment. lots of great articles and posts on facebook too.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 1, 2011

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July 1, 2011

I was first introduced to Hand in Hand though my mother who is a board member. She had been touting their great work for years, but like every kid who wants to be the complete opposite of her mother, I ignored her praises. Finally, a flip switched and I hopped on board, and am I glad I did!

The Hand in Hand office is full of love, compassion and joy. Everyone here works as a wonderful and complimentary (and complementary) team, and is quick to help one another out. I think we're lucky that our specialty is communication, because it allows the team to communicate in a really seamless way. Which makes working here such a joy!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I now practice the Tools with my boyfriend and our relationship has gotten stronger. Knowing how to listen has created space for the two of us to open up in ways we haven't before, and then we finish with a hearty round of Special Time--usually pillow fighting and wrestling to get us full of belly laughs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put the tools in the lap of every parent, world wide!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've learned so many new communication skills and oodles and boodles about parenting. I feel prepared to have a kid, even though I'm years and years away from wanting one myself! It has given me a lot of compassion for parents I know and see dealing with a tantruming child, and a technique for dealing with friends in a more compassionate, warm and open way. I'm glad I know about these tools, because I'm able to see that conflict isn't always about me directly, and has taught me a great way to step in and lead us out of it in a soft, yet productive way. Get all the booklets--they'll change your life, and your relationship, not just with your children, but with anyone you choose to apply them to!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Valued, respected, needed, loved, welcome.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 8, 2011

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June 8, 2011

Hand in Hand has helped me build a stronger, healthier, closer relationship with my children. Through good times and bad, I have the tools to connect and support my children and other parents. They teach the only parenting method I've run across that helps really connect with children as the unique individuals they are rather than being sidetracked with classifying their behavior or using carrot/stick approaches that don't really work and just sublimate issues and problems.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

profound ways that have changed my life and my children's lives.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Spread its message louder and wider...

June 8, 2011

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June 8, 2011

As a Board Member for a number of years, I find myself getting more and more excited about the work Hand in Hand Parenting is doing. We continue to hear stories from our customers about the life changing effects of the Parenting by Connection approach.

Many parents of young children find
that they feel more patient after learning our approach, and they can set limits without being angry or upset when their children cry and protest. They calmly hold the limit.

Our Certification classes are growing and the word seems to be spreading to more and more communities around the world.

In addition to being on the board, I also teach classes in Parenting by Connection and Building Emotional Understanding. I am currently providing support to a group of Spanish speaking grandmothers who have custody of their grandchildren, and one of the most valuable aspects of our program for these women is the listening time they receive in a focused, respectful and confidential setting. They feel like someone knows the challenges they face, and they feel more connected to each other because the structure allows each person an equal amount of time and attention.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The basic listening tools taught in the Parenting by Connection approach, have made it much easier for me to help people in my family understand some ways to rebuild connection with a child who is "off -track" and showing signs of tension and frustration. "Special Time" and "Playlistening" are two of my favorite tools and I use them frequently when playing with children, and sometime in my work settings.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would get some researchers to help us show evidence about the effectiveness of the tools we teach. We have so many stories, from people in many different settings, circumstances and we think research will show what a profound difference this approach makes in the lives of families. Brain science about what helps children learn and how important it is for them to be able to offload emotional tension is very compatible with our approach.

June 6, 2011

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June 6, 2011

Hand In Hand Parenting offers a wonderful set of parenting tools that break away from the traditional methods in which I was raised (blame, shame, guilt, non-connection). Instead, it offers parents a way in which to connect whole-heartedly with their children through a child's best and not-so-best times. Hand in Hand Parenting helps parents to truly understand that when children act out/misbehave/don't listen/etc. it's because of a loss of connection....a need of the child that is not being met. It is our duty as a parent to maintain, re-establish and foster those connections. Hand in Hand Parenting has made me a better parent that sees my children for who they are.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through the various tools, I have deepened my connection with my son, who at times can be aggressive. In fostering our connection, I have seen some of his aggressive behaviors diminish.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing!

April 22, 2011

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April 22, 2011

My family is so much happier and more relaxed because of Hand in Hand. The tools they offer to help build close connections between parents and children really work. I am so grateful for their work and can't imagine how I'd be coping as a mum without them!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping my son deal with the ups and downs of life and helping me build a close connected relationship with him.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have the organsiation get more funding so they could help more parents with their tools.

April 22, 2011

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April 22, 2011

Hand In Hand supports parents and children. They offer information and support that make you feel connected. My relationship with my children is amazing and partially because of what I have learned through Hand In Hand. I am thankful for finding them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my relationship with my children. I have learned patience and how to listen among other tools that are so valuable.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing.

April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

I discovered Hand in Hand Parenting about 20 years ago when my youngest child was 6. My children date my parenting by pre and post contact with this organization! I learned how to set limits while being kind. and i learned the importance of allowing my children emotional release.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in my family and with the other families I've been able to assist.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make it big enough to influence parenting everywhere. I believe that when children can be treated in the way recommended by this organization, the world will change dramatically in a generation.

March 19, 2009

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March 19, 2009

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in child and family mental health and I am also a mom of two young girls (4&7). I was introduced to Hand in Hand (HiH) by another professional and friend two years ago and I can easily say it has been a hugely important part of my parenting and clinical work since then. HiH and the Parenting by Connection (PBC) philosphy speaks to the kind of parent I strive to be: loving, patient, playful, emotionally connected and regulated! I started out reading the wonderful articles on the website and the great newletter and was able to begin putting the PBC tools into practice. Next I attended a 6 week Building Emotional Understanding course and was totally hooked. Subsequently, I joined their HiH Instructor Certification program and spent the last year learning in depth about PBC and HiH. I want everyone to know about and be able to use Parenting by Connection because I believe it works, it is in line with current brain research, and it supports the family in a way that is strength based. It has helped me be a better parent because I know how to get support for myself, I am able to tolerate and even welcome my children's upsets as a healthy part of their emotional expression, I am more effective at setting limits, and I have learned how to play and have FUN with my girls!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my girls, my increased confidence as a parent, and friends that I have introduced to HiH.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope I had the forsight to grow the organization how Patty is doing it now - with attention to detail and growing a strong base of support.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

finally feeling validated and understood as a parent and meeting people who feel as I do about the valuable work of parenting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so kind and supportive. Also intelligent, funny and inspiring!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring its message to so many more people and help legions of parents and children feel supported and heard accross the country and around the world. It could change more lives!

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything! Really!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the ongoing funding needed to bring its services to more people.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm so glad I found out about Hand in Hand and I'm sure others will be too!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 15, 2008

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August 15, 2008

Hand in Hand is simply wonderful at helping parents be better parents and there is little that is more important than that. Better parents raise emotionally healthy children into emotionally healthy adults and that helps all of us! I get frequent inspiration for dealing with my son and other children from reading their email list and their articles. All parents and children can benefit from the wisdom of Hand in Hand Parenting.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My day to day life with my child.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

never be able to do what Patty Wipfler can do!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How much it helps the relationship between my child and myself.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful, caring, kind, and committed people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open up lots more offices so more people could have access to training without travel. Donate their books and brochures to libraries so more people could have access to them.

Ways to make it better...

They were local to me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting their information out to more parents.

One thing I'd also say is that...

My life, my child's life, and many other people's lives are better because of the work of Hand in Hand. There's a trickle down effect that touches many more lives than just the people who actually get to do their classes.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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