Live Online Parenting Course: “Enough As We Are” with Rachel Simmons
Enough As We Are is a transformative online parenting course for anyone parenting while still untangling the knots of their own childhood.
Over 8 weeks of live, interactive virtual workshops, parents examine how memories and unresolved issues from childhood work the controls of their parenting. Then, we’ll learn the skills we need to raise children who are resilient, emotionally intelligent and confident—by becoming the role models they deserve.
In other words, once we’ve done our own homework—turning inward to learn, reflect and deepen our self-understanding—we’ll learn the hands-on strategies to use directly with our children. We’ll learn to do better by our children, giving them what we didn’t have.
NOTE: Enough As We Are is not currently in session, but will re-open again later this year. Want to get a sneak peek of what the course will cover (and be first to know when registration opens)? Click here to download our Pre-Course Reflection Handout.
What You’ll Learn In This Transformational Online Parenting Course:
Join Enough As We Are and learn how to…
- Model and teach your child skills to take risks, express their feelings, and stop second-guessing themselves.
- Practice self-compassion in the face of self-criticism or failure—and show your child how to do the same.
- Smash the tyranny of Perfect Parent pressure, and learn how it’s hurting your child.
- Separate their stuff from your stuff—and stop reliving your childhood when they have a problem.
- Take control of your emotions when they trigger you, so you can learn to regulate your feelings and handle their challenges as your best self.
- Say no and set limits around social media use—and learn the latest research about why it matters so much.
- Be fluent in the messed-up messages your child hears from the culture about their appearance—and be able to talk about them without judging them.
- Dispense sound friendship advice with a minimum of reactivity or judgment.
- Use empathic, active listening to comfort them — and help them open up about their feelings.
- Be vulnerable with other parents who understand your experience and share theirs with you.
What Parents Are Saying About Enough As We Are, 8 Weeks Of Online Parenting Classes:
“I was surprised at how helpful this course was for me and how much I looked forward to the live sessions even though I was exhausted from an already long day. I have two high school age boys and oversee a department that works with high school age girls. Every session had a least one moment of pure bliss as I connected with and then worked to change something I hadn’t previously realized. If you ever wonder if some of your own experiences or fears are getting in the way of your relationships with your kids, you must take this class.” – Dina
“Enough As We Are is an honest and raw look into how your own upbringing and early childhood experiences relate to how you parent and react to your daughter’s social interactions. The topics are well defined and Rachel’s expertise infuse the course with clear methods for working to recognize and temper trigger reactions we all face when parenting. I really valued Rachel’s bravery in sharing her own childhood and parenting experiences throughout the class. I also gained from the authentic recognition that this is hard work which will take time and practice, but in the end will be so rewarding for those we love the most. Thank you for an amazing class experience!” – Katie M.
The Five Guiding Principles of Rachel Simmons’ Parenting Course Enough As We Are:
- We have to believe we’re enough if we want our kids to believe this, too. We owe it to our children to do this work first on ourselves. Put your own oxygen mask on first.
- Good parenting is a mix of trusting your gut and being a lifelong learner. It’s having faith in your own authority, yet being willing to be curious and do things differently. Failure is a feature, not a bug, of learning, and we should embrace it along the way.
- This space is for real people. We’re not faking or judging here. We’re all in this parenting thing together. We all get triggered, lose our tempers, get tired and overwhelmed. We all say and do things we’re not proud of. Parenting is humbling. No one is perfect. We are each others’ colleagues and teachers. When we see another parent struggling, instead of saying, “Glad that’s not me,” we say, “That could be me.” Compassion, not judgment, is our jam.
- You can’t learn to shoot a foul shot by me telling you how to do it. You have to get on the foul line and put a ball in your hands. I’m not here to lecture. Get ready to be interactive and throw yourself in the game. Plus, by sharing your experience, you help others learn.
- Taking a deep dive into our earliest years means focusing on the moments, early on, when we were pressured not to show our true selves: when we learned to silence our voices, avoid vulnerability, or push down feelings. The moments we tried to please everyone and do everything right, or cover our vulnerability with steel. The times when our voices were not yet strong enough to say what we are ready to verbalize today. We are not here to belittle or revise our youth. But many of us can remember two phases of childhood: who we were before we were flooded with society’s pressure to give up our true selves, and the young adults many of us became after hearing those messages, when we worried about pleasing others over ourselves, stopped listening to our inner voices, feared conflict, or got scared of failing. Getting to know our own childhoods will help us guide our kids through theirs.