Hand in Hand Tools for Covid-19 Parenting

Please join me for a discussion about using Hand in Hand Parenting’s tools for supporting your children right now. This workshop will take place on Zoom, on June 6, 2-3:15 PM, CDT. We’ll discuss the Parenting by Connection tool to build safety for your child, another tool to help you manage your own stress. I’ll provide resources help you get started using these tools in your family. This is a judgement-free and empowering approach, all are welcome.

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Learn how to use Special Time to build up safety and closeness, just by giving your loving attention.

Please Join Me for Hand in Hand Parenting Starter Class, beginning April 2

The Starter Class covers the full set of tools from Hand In Hand Parenting to develop, maintain and repair a strong connection between you and your child or children. These tools will also help you dissolve power struggles, help your child with separation and sleep difficulties, go beyond aggression, release fears and heal from hurts. Most importantly the group will support you with being a parent and give you a tool to off load your own stress so that you can be the parent you want to be. It’s a 6 week class, and you’ll work through the Hand in Hand material on your own, with access to a set of videos. Each week, we’ll meet in a video call group, to discuss and get support. This group becomes a safe haven in the sea of parenting. I’d love to have you in the class.

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Short Video for Parents About Separation Anxiety

This is the season of beginnings for many: whether it is a new classroom, new schedule, new teacher. Remember that for our littlest ones, any separation feels like a dangerous situation. This is developmentally appropriate: our species has survived because of this response!

In this video, Grace Fleming and I discuss some of the ways to make a separation less challenging.

Separation Anxiety Tools for Parents



Laura Minnigerode: Teaching Portfolio

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Some examples of student project work, book + cooking club:

Top row: Learning about the concept of smorgasbord, in connection with the book Snow Treasure. Bottom left and center: Breakfast dishes featuring mangoes and avocado, at a book club meeting for the book Hello, Universe. Bottom right: Homemade Thousand Island dressing, created as a unit study of foods from the 1930s. (Book was Mr. Popper’s Penguins).

Please visit gingerpiecooking.com for more cooking projects.

Student outdoor learning:

Left: Loose parts at Toybrary, Right: Stringing popcorn and cranberries and decorating trees, winter camp at the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

Presenting my research poster session at Games, Learning and Society Conference, Madison, WI. IMG_0939

Podcast on tickling

It might sound odd at first to suggest re-thinking the practice of tickling. Kids laugh when you tickle, right, so they must like it? Not necessarily. There is an element of losing control over your response in tickling that we don’t consider; possibly because it is such a tradition. I wholeheartedly advocate for examining the tradition of tickling (and the feelings that come up in response to questioning it!). This podcast is a great way to start. Podcast on tickling

Listening Tools for Parents Workshop, June 16

Please join me for a listening partnership workshop.

A listening partnership is a tool for creating safety and support for yourself as a parent and person. This simple tool provides a path to more self-compassion.

Imagine a completely safe space where you can process your frustrations, pent up anger or tears and other uncomfortable feelings that come with parenting, free of judgement. A listening partnership provides that for you, and allows you to return to your parenting with fresh insight and energy.

Your patience for your children grows, and your ability to connect with your children deepens.

In this workshop, you will learn how to create a listening partnership. We’ll cover:

  • Why you can’t help but lose it with your kids sometimes, and how you can get yourself back on track.

  • How emotional hurts get passed down in families and how you can help yourself and other parents finally change family patterns.

  • Detailed guidance on how you can offload tension caused by grief, anger, guilt, frustration, fear, exhaustion, and much more.

Please join us, Saturday, June 16, at 3 PM. $40 per person.

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Fellowship Hall of St Luke United Methodist Church, 1306 West Lynn Street, Austin, TX 78703

Please contact Laura Minnigerode with questions- I’d love to talk with you about the workshop or any topics related : 512-350-2815


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