Healthy relationship skills are one of the most important gifts you can impart to your children. Both for today ...

And for the future!

But sometimes it seems like we've told our kids the same things over and over ...

  • Stop taking your sister's things without permission!
  • We don't handle disagreements with physical violence!
  • You are responsible for the way you respond to someone else's behavior!
  • Jesus says we have to love our neighbors!

Here's the truth: growing in relationship skills isn't just a matter of getting new information. Even when we give our kids good instruction, it still takes time and maturity for them to consistently put those ideas into practice. And sometimes? We get so weary of having the same conversations over and over again!

Let someone else take a turn with relationship talks!

Give yourself a break and give your kids a chance to ...

  • Get a fresh perspective on healthy relationship skills from another adult
  • Hear what the Bible says about loving our neighbor
  • Understand relationship ideas through engaging and funny illustrations
  • Follow-up Activities to practice relationship strategies on their own

Live Classes: 30 Minutes a Week for 6 Weeks

  • Pick a time that works with your schedule
  • Join live or watch the replay (immediately available)
  • Opportunities for follow-up activity during the week
  • Online community available only to registered parents and/or students
relationship lab workshops
for kids (9-12)
 

$

29.99

  • Six 30-Minute Workshops
  • Meets Live Once/Week
  • Interactive and discussion-based
  • Recordings Available Immediately
  • Interacting with other tweens ages 9-12
  • Age-relevant examples, illustrations, and anecdotes 
  • Parent-led follow-up activities
  • Parent account in course community
relationship lab workshops
for teens (13-18)
 

$

29.99

  • Six 30-Minute Workshops
  • Meets Live Once/Week
  • Interactive and discussion-based
  • Recordings Available Immediately
  • Interacting with other teens ages 13-18
  • Age-relevant examples, illustrations, and anecdotes 
  • Independent follow-up activities
  • Parent OR Teen account in course community

Outline of Topics

Week 1

Understanding Yourself

  • Appreciating the way God made you
  • Listening to and managing emotions
  • King David's Runaway Truck strategy!

Week 2

Understanding Others

  • What happens when you act like a giant
  • The importance of empathy
  • How others are the same and different

Week 3

Healthy Relationships

  • Knowing what's your job - and what isn't
  • Relationship pressure, air pressure, and balloons
  • Making informed relationship decisions using the bulls-eye method

Week 4

Addressing Conflict

  • How feathers and cats help us discuss conflict
  • Four Ds that hurt and four As that help in response to criticism
  • When you hurt someone accidentally

Week 5

Resolving Conflict

  • How to construct a helpful apology
  • What forgiveness is - and isn't!
  • Making it right afterwards

Week 6

Getting Help with Relationships

  • Including a mediator
  • How to know if you're tattling
  • Dealing with bullies
  • And more!
relationship lab workshops
for kids (9-12)
 

$

29.99

  • Six 30-Minute Workshops
  • Meets Live Once/Week
  • Interactive and discussion-based
  • Recordings Available Immediately
  • Interacting with other tweens ages 9-12
  • Age-relevant examples, illustrations, and anecdotes 
  • Parent-led follow-up activities
  • Parent account in course community
relationship lab workshops
for teens (13-18)
 

$

29.99

  • Six 30-Minute Workshops
  • Meets Live Once/Week
  • Interactive and discussion-based
  • Recordings Available Immediately
  • Interacting with other teens ages 13-18
  • Age-relevant examples, illustrations, and anecdotes 
  • Independent follow-up activities
  • Parent OR Teen account in course community

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the live meetings take place?

The meetings will take place at the same time every week for six weeks. Each workshop will last for 30 minutes. We try to offer a variety of times so that you can choose something that works with your schedule. If the current time slots are not a good fit for you, you're welcome to join our waiting list to be notified of future workshop schedules.

What is the difference between the Kids workshops and the Teens workshops?

Although both workshops cover the same basic syllabus, the two versions are adapted to be age-relevant and oriented towards the types of relationship challenges faced in that period of life.

Each week, parents will receive follow-up activities they can do with students in the Kids class.

Each week, parents or teens will receive activities the teens can do independently in response to discussion in the Teen class.

Are these workshops faith-based?

Yes. At this time, we've had far more interest in faith-based relationship workshops than faith-neutral workshops. We may offer faith-neutral workshops in the future, but at this time, our workshops are all Christian, gospel-centered, and based on Scripture.

Do I need to pay separately for each child?

This is up to your personal discretion. Once you pay the tuition, you may decide the best way to make use of the course resources for your family.

The main goal of this course is to create a space where kids can discuss relationship challenges and concerns and learn about healthy ways to deal with conflict. If you feel that having siblings present in the same class will hinder your child's ability to ask questions and express concerns about relationships - such as sibling relationships - you may wish to sign him up individually.

However, once you pay tuition for this course, you may use the class meetings and resources as you see fit. Even if only one child attends the live class, you may show the recording to other children in the family as long as you've discussed that possibility ahead of time with the child attending live.

Or, you may wish to allow different siblings to attend different sessions of the course so that they can each interact with the material on their own.

One tuition payment will give you access to one login to the course community and live events.

If having multiple siblings present in the same class becomes a concern or a disruption to the class, we will reach out to you to discuss an alternative solution so that you can take advantage of the course material without hindering healthy discussion during the live meetings.

Note: For the teen class, we strongly recommend allowing each teen to attend on his or her own in order to facilitate open discussion about relationship concerns. If you are considering allowing two or more teen siblings to take the course together, make sure to talk with them ahead of time to be sure they are comfortable with this arrangement.

If your children are in different age-ranges (for example, an 11 yo and a 14 yo) you will need to register them individually so that they can each participate in a workshop series geared towards their age range.

Where will the live sessions take place?

We will be using a platform called Pensil for the course. Live video meetings will happen inside a Pencil group created specifically for your course and only members of that course session will be able to view the live meetings, the recordings, and the discussion in the group. Our community can be accessed via web browser or by downloading the Pensil app on Android or iOS.

Do we need any special equipment to take this course?

As long as you have a desktop or mobile device with a web camera and microphone, you likely have all that you need to take the course. If you need your child to wear headphones to enable her to listen to the workshops without interrupting others, you might consider a headset like this (with a USB connection) or this (with a 3.5 mm audio jack connection). No other special equipment or software is necessary.

Who will have access to the course group ?

When a parent purchases access to a Relationship Lab Workshop for Kids (for students ages 9-12), the parent will create an account in the community and control that account, logging the student in for live meetings and to comment in the course group.

When a parent purchases access to a Relationship Lab Workshop for Teens (for students ages 13-18), the parent may choose to allow the student to create his or her own account in the community (using a personal email address) or to create a parent account, logging the student in for live meetings and to comment in the course group.

You may only create one community account per course tuition payment. If multiple siblings want to participate, they will need to pay individually, or share one log-in. If a parent allows a teen to create an account in her own name, the parent will not be able to create an account in the group as well.

Each Pensil account will require a unique email address, so if you wish to sign up siblings individually, be aware that you will need a separate email address for each individual participant.

Students in both Kids and Teens workshops should be aware that parents will or may have access to see recordings and comments in the course group.

What online safety policies are in place to protect students?

Pensil is a secure community. Only students who have paid for a course will have access to the private group for that course. Group members have to be individually approved my a moderator, so no unauthorized participants will have access. Recordings of course meetings will be available only inside the course group, accessible only by members of that specific course session.

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