Emotion Education for Parents

Unlock the benefits of understanding your emotions.

You want to enjoy your family and make the most of your time together, but sometimes big emotions get in the way, therefore you need to learn how to use your emotions to benefit your life.

This workshop will help you break out of negative patterns you have built over your lifetime and help you embrace an openhearted state more easily. Learn how to approach your emotions in a new way so you can stay grounded and connected to your best self more of the time. 

This course is based on the award-winning book It's Not Always Depression, by Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW. 

In this 8-session workshop you will learn to understand your emotions (not change them)  using a tool called the Change Triangle.


This tool has improved the life of so many people! It is a really simple way to understand the behaviors that don't serve you and help you be more nimble in the emotional moments of life.

With Emotion Education for Parents, you will discover:​

  • How to form a more positive relationship to strong emotions.
  • All of the things about emotions you didn't even know to ask about.
  • An understanding of how your emotional brain works.
  • Mindfulness techniques to cope with discomfort and stress.
  • What the compassionate use of validation looks like, and how to use it for yourself and others to move into the openhearted state.
  • How you can face your uncomfortable emotions head-on and not get bogged down with the defensive behaviors that harm your relationships.

Upcoming Dates:

8-month series

  • April 12, 2022 Last session November 8th.

8:15pm to 9:30pm PST.

Class will meet on the second Tuesday of each month for 8 months. A recap and a recording will be available for viewing by browser or app.

4-week series | Online

  • August 11, 2022 Last session September 1, 2022

Class meets once a week on Thursdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm PST. *this class will not be recorded

Your class will be mentored by:

Where: Class will meet live via Zoom.

Cost: $350 Take alone or with your parenting partner. Scholarships available, email amity@thresholds.info 

Who: Anyone who is parenting a child under the age of 10. We welcome and include all families, including but not limited to single parents who wish to take class alone or with a friend; queer + poly families; and families of color.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this class therapy?

Nope. This class is education and exercises to help people learn about emotions. 

What is the difference between the 8-month series or the 4-week series?
The 8-month series is set up so that you can really practice the exercises and reflect on the learning. You will also have more time to do the optional homework. Parents are busy. This option is a nice way to have longer period of time between sessions.
The 4-week class is for folks who want more information quickly to enact rapid change. Each weekly session covers two topics vs. just one per meeting. 
When should I take the class?

This class is set at a time for people who are on leave from work after welcoming a baby. But it is not limited to anyone. If you are a parent and want to gain insight into your emotions, this class is for you. 

How do I request a scholarship?

Thresholds does our best to make sure that every family who wishes to take our classes is able. If finances are the only reason you don't sign up, please email about scholarship and payment plan options.  > Learn more...

Who will lead my class?

Amity Kramer will be leading this class. 

Good parenting starts with healing yourself.

At the heart of almost every parent child meltdown is a parent who is struggling with something unrelated to the child. You know what I mean? You are upset about something else, are running late, overworked, mad at your partner, and boom next thing you are acting grouchy to your kids.

If you want to improve your parenting. Improve yourself first.

Any parenting advice or strategy will fall short if it doesn’t first address the underlying emotional conflicts within the parent.

I say address the conflict because it’s not necessary to solve your problems, that would be impossible. You do need to know what is going on within yourself, so that your history and emotional life is not overflowing negatively to everyone else in your family.

I ask a question in workshops.

“Who wishes they had a better handle on their emotions and could deal with strong emotions more smoothly?”

Almost everyone agrees that this would be helpful.

Don’t you?

I have helped parents individually over the years become more compassionate to their inner self. I’ve seen the trauma reactions reduce and connections fill up the space. On some level anxiety, shame, fear, sadness all can be nurtured into connection.

I LOVE facilitation. It’s my comfort zone. Working with energy and honesty and not hiding from the parts that are hard within a group is powerful medicine.

I also love inner-generational healing.

Over the pandemic I wasn’t teaching as much and needed an outlet from my school aged kids. So, I naturally invested in tons of training!

This learning opened my eyes further and confirmed what I already knew.

Good parenting is about healing yourself.

The wounded parts of us come up when we need them least. Our children should not receive the wrath of our past traumas.

In all of my learning I have gained so much for my personal growth and that in turn impacts my work, but there was nothing too sticky I could pass on to others when it came to personal accountability.

Then early in the pandemic I started following the work of Hillary Jacobs Hendel, and learning about The Change Triangle.

THIS WAS STICKY! Soooooo sticky. For me personally. For my clients. The douals I have trained.

It just makes sense and it is easy to use.

So, when there was an opportunity to learn about teaching The Change Triangle in group workshops, I took it! I signed up for the training within 5 minutes of receiving the email.

I am SO excited to bring you this new workshop. There are two formats. One an 8-month evening option, the other an accelerated 4-week day time workshop.

This work weaves perfectly into my experience with the transition to parenthood. It is the missing link of personal healing and responsibility that has been missing in the offerings at Thresholds.

Birthing From Within prevents birth trauma and sets a foundation for parenting.

Bringing Baby Home supports healing in the relationship and establishes best practices.

But there was not anything that covered the internal journey that happens within a person as they enter parenting.

I know that if you take this workshop alone or with your partner that it will improve all of your relationships. It will help you get away from critical and defensive behaviors once and for all, but it can't happen unless you take action, therefore you can sign up today to make sure there is room for you in the class that starts next.

If you are not interested in the workshop, check out the Change Triangle. It takes a bunch of complex things and packs them into a simple framework. I want everyone parenting to know about it.


Also offered:

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Bringing Baby Home

This two-day relationship workshop for expecting and parenting families. Dive deep into the research that will enable your relationship to embrace the joys and challenges of parenting life. 

These workshops offer a foundation in Gottman bases techniques to support your relationship from the very start of your parenting journey.

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Relationship Coaching

Personalized coaching sessions to jumpstart connection in your relationship. Life's too short to get bogged down with squabbles and negativity. Coaching can help shift differences between you and your partner into caring conversations.

Each session is a blend of motivational questioning to uncover your goals, education where needed, problem solving, validation of your efforts, and celebration of your success.


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