Connect & Create for Mothers & Daughters

Growing Closeness and Communication by Creating Together

Mother-daughter relationships are complex, beautiful, and yes, sometimes challenging. And while the time just before and during adolescence can be a tumultuous period of a girl's life, it also offers incredible opportunities for girls to discover their strengths, to establish healthy emotional boundaries, and embrace all of who they are.

My goal is to help girls create a general sense of wellbeing – a sense of wholeness. Exploring her creativity and expressing herself feeds a girl's experience of wholeness. And mothers play a very special role in our daughters' sense of wholeness. That's why I'm especially dedicated to improving mother-daughter connection and communication through creativity.

I'm offering this course online in partnership with New Moon Girls. It's the first time I've adapted an in-person workshop to make it available virtually. It's very rewarding to be able to reach more moms and girls with these powerful tools.

“Since beginning this program, my daughter is more confident, able to deal with anxiety so much better. She’s able to calm herself down with the tools Megan has given her. We have always been close, but with the last few months our relationship has blossomed. I love the person she is turning into. We LOVE and look forward to our weekly meetings. You have made my daughter a stronger and more confident young lady - thank you!”

— Jennifer

Your Instructor

Megan Armstrong
Megan Armstrong
Megan has over 25 years of experience in education. She has a B.A. from the University of Vermont with a major in Art Education, and an Ed.M. degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Megan began her teaching career in art, working with K- 4th grade girls. She left the classroom to study adolescent identity development and the psychology of girls and women at Harvard, and while she was there, laid the foundation for her San Francisco based non-profit, Bay Area Girls Center (now known as GirlVentures). When her daughter was born and it was hard to leave her to spend weeks camping in the woods as an instructor, Megan decided to stay closer to home and opened Mountain Yoga, a neighborhood studio in Oakland. While she absolutely loved teaching yoga to people of all ages, Megan missed working with girls, so she sold her yoga studio after 8 years, and went back to teaching. She now divides her time between leading her self-designed creativity workshops for mothers and daughters, and teaching workshops with Girls Leadership. When she’s not working with girls and parents, Megan moonlights as a vocalist in a local Rock and Roll band, and works in her vegetable garden. Megan lives with her 17 year old daughter and her husband on the edge of Redwood Regional Park in Oakland.

“The best part for me as a mother was taking my hands off this very huge responsibility of raising a successful girl. I stress too much and don’t enjoy enough, and this was one thing in my life that I didn’t have to do, just show up and be. Also, the connection with the other mothers was great. I learned that we all struggle to be the best moms we can be. The best part for my daughter was she got a chance to be herself and be seen. It was a place to be together as a mom-daughter pair and have a little fun. You provided a path for relationship building that allowed me to trust a vague process of development for my daughter. You made each girl feel like they were seen, and you helped me to see my daughter through someone else’s eyes.”

— Pam

Frequently Asked Questions

What age girls is this course for?
Girls who are starting 4th or 5th grade in summer/fall 2018. In 2019, after this pilot program, we will offer it to older girls and their moms, too.
When does the course start and finish?
The group calls will be Sunday afternoons from 3 - 3.30 pm pacific time. Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21 & 28, Nov 4, 11 & 18. Both mom and daughter will be on 6 of the calls. Two of the calls, Oct. 14 and Nov 4, will be for moms only.
What is the time commitment for the course?
The minimum commitment is 1 hour per week for you and your daughter to work on your handouts and project for the week before the group call and 45 mins a week to join the group calls. Your participation in the Moms private Facebook group is strongly encouraged but not required.
What if we can't make all the group calls?
This is a deal breaker for the pilot program. We really need your and your daughter’s feedback on every part of the program so we can make it the best it can be.
How is this different from other parenting programs?
This is a unique skill-building program where Megan teaches the Connect and Create curriculum she has designed and used with groups for 4 years. It includes tools that she’s created specifically to meet the needs of the participants. This isn’t a repeat of other parenting programs. Megan blends her expertise in girls development with her background as an arts educator, creating simple, fun, and actionable steps to build effective communication skills.
What about dads and daughters?
After this pilot we plan to pilot an online course for fathers & daughters in 2019.
What materials are included?
All the course materials are curated in one easy-to-use password-protected webpage for you to access anytime and anywhere. You’ll also receive a copy of Nancy Gruver’s book, How To Say It to Girls: Communicating With Your Growing Daughter and a copy of New Moon Girls magazine.
I'm not sure we can commit by Sept 16.
Sept 16 at 11pm Pacific time is the final deadline for enrolling in the one-time pilot of the course with 60% savings. Enrollment for this pilot is limited to only 8 mother-daughter pairs, and is first come, first served. Better to enroll now and grab the discount so you don’t miss this opportunity!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if we are unable to complete the course?
Because this is a deeply discounted pilot of the course we offer credit toward a future course if something unexpected and serious comes up that prevents you from completing the full 8-week course.

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