Mindful Monday Parenting Conversations

Creating Positive Conversation and Purposeful Parenting 
with parent coach and educator Julie Hannan

What are Mindful Mondays?

Mindful Monday Parenting Conversations were developed for families to begin mindful, positive conversations around common parenting experiences. This year’s talks are a collection of topics focusing on purposeful thinking about parenting issues related to school and learning. Join us in the Sparkle Spot Learning Loft for an evening of ideas, collective inspiration, and parenting connection.

Mindful Mondays will generally be the fourth Monday of the month.

Past Parenting Conversations

September 25, 2017- New Teacher, New Year: Navigating Transitions

Summer is over; school has started; new routines are falling into place. September brings newness that can be both exciting and uncomfortable for parents and kids. Sometimes the new school year presents unexpected challenges in communicating with teachers and school, figuring out new classroom structures, getting back into homework routines, and reconnecting with school friends and classmates. This talk offers a real look at common September challenges along with practical ideas and strategies for how we, as parents, can do our part to smoothly navigate this annual period of transition.

October 23, 2017- The “Right” School: Family Values and Choices

As parents, we are responsible for the care and development of our children. We have known our child since birth and have a keen sense of his or her development and how he or she thinks and learns. Parenting in our current culture allows us a plethora of information which can both inform us and confuse us. October’s parenting conversation is an opportunity to think about personal values, your own child’s needs, and your hopes for the future. Come reflect and discuss your current thinking and choices.

December 4, 2017- Beyond Academics: The “Soft Skills” and Social Emotional Health

December’s parenting conversation is an opportunity to think about how your child’s “soft skills” impact school, friendships, home life, and mental health. Executive functioning has become a new buzz word in education. During our evening together, we will discuss how these “soft skills” are related to executive functioning, and why those skills, often not measured in school, are so important to learning and living our culture. Get take home strategies to help build your child’s skills at home, every day.

January 22, 2018- The “Homework” Blues: Connecting School and Home

Parenting in our current culture allows us a plethora of information, often providing us answers and more questions at the same time. Beginning in elementary school, some schools assign children reading, school work, or projects to complete at home. The task of completing academic work (or even chores) can cause families stress and conflict at home. During January’s parenting conversation, we will discuss ways to navigate the unpleasant or difficult tasks that cause meltdowns, anxiety, or power struggles.

February 26, 2018- Navigating the Social World of School: Friends

As parents, we are responsible for the care and development of our children. From the moment a child is born, he or she begins learning how to be social. As schools have become more academic, there tends to be increasing less time (in most schools) to focus on supporting social thinking. Although SEL (Social Emotional Learning) is back in favor as a curricular framework, the real work and drama of problem solving friendship issues is left mainly to families. During February’s parenting conversation, we will discuss ways to navigate the social pressures of school “friendships”. Come discuss a new way of looking at school social interactions and learn some strategies to help your child develop healthy social relationships at school.

March 26, 2018- Rude, Mean or Bullying?  Perspectives

There has been an increased amount of attention given to the prevalence of bullying among children. As parents, many of us are aware of our children’s social and emotional discomfort at school and other social settings. It is our job to protect our children, while at the same time provide them with guidance and support when they struggle. At this month’s parenting conversation, we will discuss the differences between rude, mean, and bullying behavior and what we can and should do to support our children’s social lives. This topic is helpful for all parents, as sometimes we find ourselves parenting a child accused of being rude, mean, or a participant in bullying behavior.

April 23, 2018- Screens: Parenting in the Digital Age

Join me for a discussion on young people’s use of technology and screens. We will discuss cultural norms, research, and family values that impact our choices regarding technology. What are our responsibilities as parents? When and how much should kids be allowed to use different forms of technology? As the first generation of parents raising digital natives, there are not yet clear guidelines to help us make decisions for our families. During our evening together, we will discuss some of the things experts are saying about children and technology as well as how screens are impacting our family dynamics and parenting practices.


The Details…

Time and Place:

  • Doors open at 6:45 for conversation and connection
  • A facilitated conversation begins at 7:00 
  • Sparkle Spot Learning Loft 
  • 5509 30th Ave NE, Seattle 98105

Come join us for this free evening of thinking and connection!

About the Facilitator

Julie Hannan is a Teacher and Parent Coach specializing in working with children and parents around social, emotional, and academic challenges. She founded Sparkle Spot Learning, a teaching model that celebrates individual strengths, while building needed skills for “success” in our current culture. As a parent coach, Julie helps parents find the things that are working to build a positive plan enabling positive change in relationships and the dynamics of a family.

All of The Mindful Monday Parenting Conversations will be held at

Sparkle Spot Learning Loft

5509 30th Ave NE, Seattle, 98105