Waldorf School Hosts an Evening of Parent Coaching with Community Leaders and Parenting Experts John and Colette Hoff

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Three Cedars Waldorf School in Bellevue hosts guest presenters, John L. Hoff, ThD, and Mary Colette Hoff, MEd on simple approaches to parenting that can make big differences both in the family, and in the larger community.

Three Cedars Waldorf School in Bellevue is delighted to host John and Colette Hoff Tuesday evening March 16 at 6:30 pm. This event is open to the public. In a talk entitled “Parent Coaching,” John and Colette will describe how the practice of co-parenting—that is, working out parenting approaches from a community perspective—can be an excellent support not just for parents and children, but for the community in which they live.

Drawing on decades of work with couples and families, the Hoffs encourage parents to focus on the relationship that they are developing with each child, while also acknowledging relationship development among children. They encourage participants to see their family as a system, and to recognize the influences that this system has on each member of the family, including the parent. The Hoffs will also offer ways to support parents in listening to their children and learning how to observe each child in light of knowledge about developmental stages.

As experienced marriage and family counselors, educators, parents, and grandparents John and Colette understand that parenting is a challenge for the human mind and heart. John and Colette are founding members of the Goodenough Community in Seattle and the Kitsap Peninsula, and are practicing counselors and coaches with Quest Counseling and Healing Center.

“We need to know how to build relationship and how to use that field of force as an energy to nurture and guide us - it is our primary resource for human evolution and individual spiritual development. Relationship is an effective agent of change. It is in relationships that we collaborate with each other to create a better world."
–John Hoff, ThD

Please join us for this exceptional event. The talk will be followed by a period for parents and community members to share in discussion with the Hoffs.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release (or for links to information regarding other events and parent resources), visit http://www.threeceadrs.org.

About Three Cedars Waldorf School
Three Cedars Waldorf School is one of over 1,000 Waldorf / Rudolf Steiner Schools offering elementary grades 1-8, kindergarten, preschool, parent-tot playgroups, and parent education in support of our students and families on the "Eastside" of the Seattle area. Waldorf/Steiner schools emphasize the development of the whole human being, including social-emotional development and interpersonal skills, and child-rearing in the context of a co-parenting community. Students are challenged to develop clear thinking, deep feeling, and intrinsic motivation and to enter into their adult lives as effective participants in inclusive group work and society as a whole. All of the adults in Waldorf school communities are asked to model worthy behaviors and capacities for the entire student body, including listening and objective observation. Age-appropriate curriculum, at each step of a child’s development, nutrition, adequate sleep, ample time spent out of doors, and protections from electronic media and commercialism are key.

Three Cedars is an independent, nonprofit Waldorf school serving students from Bellevue, Bothell, Duvall, Edmonds, Fall City, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Newcastle, North Bend, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seattle, Snohomish, Tukwila, and Woodinville. Three Cedars is a candidate member of the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools - PNAIS, Associational of Waldorf Schools of North America - AWSNA, and the Washington Federation of Independent Schools - WFIS.

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