You are such an awesome Mama and force for good. It would be extraordinary for you to create a Hand in Hand community in your area.
I think the first thing for you to do, Brooke is to take this to your Listening Partner. That would be a great place to address the fear and overwhelm. What would it be like to step out in your neighborhood or at your child’s school and say, ‘hey, I’ve found this great way of parenting”. Want to explore it with me?’ Explore your feelings around organizing something. When you’ve organized things before, how did it feel? How did it go? How did your parents feel about organizing events and/or stepping out into the spotlight? That’s the place to start. If you get to some feelings around being a LEADER, then you can start to think clearly about what you want to create and what would support you.
Your description of an on-line discussion group, where you go off-line for LPs, sounds very much like the Starter Class. Have you ever taken a Starter Class or considered taking one? The other parents would most likely not be local, but it is a small group of parents (4-6) who meet weekly with an Instructor via phone/skype to focus on practicing one tool each week and getting listening time with an experienced listener. Perhaps this would give you the regular support you want. Check this out: http://shop.handinhandparenting.org/products/parenting-by-connection-starter-online#oid=15_9
The Study Group manual is almost exactly like the Starter Class. You get a small group of parents together. You each buy the Listening to Children booklets. Each week you practice a different tool and then come together to share your experience and do listening time. The difference between a Starter Class and a Study Group is that 1) In a Starter Class, you get an Instructor and you pay for it. 2) A Study Group has an organizer but no ‘leader’. It’s more of a discussion group. You divide the time between discussion and listening time.
The LISTEN book club discussion group is really just like a Study Group. You just use the book LISTEN, rather than the “Listening to Children” booklets.
I hope those distinctions help. Brooke, once your thinking is clear, you can create this anyway you want.
– You could put together a Study Group where you meet in person.
You would be the organizer, but not the “teacher.”
– You could put together a Study Group and use a free conference line or skype to meet on-line
– If you put together an on-line Study group, you could hire an Instructor to meet with you every week or
perhaps just at the beginning and the end of your time together. The Instructor would get you going
and help you stay on track
– You could put together an in-person Study group and hire an Instructor to come to Las Vegas
for a weekend or one-day in-person workshop. There are Instructors in CA not too far from you.
You really can create this any way that looks and feels good to you. I have worked with groups where they met in person and I skyped into their meeting. Just about anything, these days, is possible!
Those are my thoughts. I hope I have answered yours. I am unclear as to what you mean by ‘modification’. So, please fire back with any questions and let us know how we can support you and be of service.
Peace & Smiles,
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