Course Descriptions

Positive Parenting: Supporting Children and Teens

This programme is for parents with children aged 2-16 years old. The course will combine the key messages from Positive Parenting for Changing Families and Family Communications – Parenting Teens. As many parents struggle to get to courses, we are introducing a combined course to support parents to have more options when choosing to register. Both the morning and evening course will offer the same content.

The following key areas will be covered during the 8-week programme:

  • The Good Enough Parent exploring our values and attitudes, reflecting on what parenting means to us.
  • Parenting Styles and impact on the parent-child relationship
  • Children’s emotional responses to unmet needs – introducing boundaries and consequences while supporting children and teens to self-regulate
  • Sibling rivalry comprising of negotiation and conflict resolution while also exploring the levels of conflict and when parents need to step in
  • Supporting children with awkward questions and how as parents we often take a step back rather than a step forward in handling tricky issues and risky behaviours
  • Parenting through stressful times and increasing mindful awareness in the family and finally the facilitators will explore with the group any specific issues arising and try to address them over the 8 week programme.
Family Communications | Parenting When Separated

In this programme parents who are parenting post separation or are planning to separate are supported to firstly understand the impact of separation on children. The programme aims to support parents to have a child centred approach post separation, ensuring children are supported to manage the transition well, achieving positive outcomes.  The 4 steps of clear and direct communication are explored to help parents improve communication resulting in decreased conflict.

Parents are asked to explore and understand the needs of children and parents at the time of separation and how these needs can be met. In the programme parents are encouraged to have pride in the new family form, inviting children to ask questions and being available to answer the awkward questions about family forms as they arise.

We explore what shared parenting is, why it is beneficial to children when done well and how parents can develop a shared parenting plan to support them to move into the business of shared parenting post separation.

Finally the programme asks you to develop new family traditions to support you as move through this transition with your children, while also exploring how you can manage conflict in the future while maintaining a healthy balance of meeting your needs and those of your children.

Positive Parenting | Join the Conversation on Toddlers

This programme aims to support parents parenting alone and sharing parenting of children aged 0-2.8 years. Many of these children will have been born since the pandemic and will be growing up in a time when there have been fewer opportunities to socialise and fewer opportunities for parents to access supports through family and services. Parents are invited to attend alongside their infant as we know you may be at home together. The course will run on zoom so if things get a bit too noisy for you, you can mute and re-join.

This programme will work through some key elements of positive parenting; exploring what is meant by positive attention and quality time; how to instill good routines and be consistent in doing so, exploring parent styles and self-care.

The programme also intends to address toddler nutrition, care and development; including the toddler food pyramid and portion size, potty training, safe sleeping, language development, facilitating play opportunities at home, an introduction to baby massage and much more. Additionally, experts will also be invited to join these conversations; to share their advice and answer any questions parents may have.

Positive Parenting for Changing Families

Understand Your Child’s Emotional Development & How To Manage Behaviours In Young Children

This programme supports parents of toddlers through to late primary school. The concept of the ‘Good Enough Parent’ supports parents to examine their parenting style and explore how this impacts on the relationship they have with their child.

During the programme parents are asked to become more confident in how they parent, allowing them to be assertive in how they handle the many challenges that young children can present.

Parents will learn the importance of positive attention, routines and consistency, quality time, quiet time and the active listening. We will also examine the difference in discipline versus punishment, helping parents to teach children as they manage childhood behaviours.

Family Communications | Parenting Teens

This programme introduces the concept of the strong family unit, supporting parents to build relationships by ensuring the core ingredients of good communication and assertive parenting are in place within the family.  Parents will learn the 4 step process of clear and direct communication also known as NVC.

With these elements in place parents begin to understand the ‘life of a teenager’. You are supported to explore the many changes and challenges that occur for teens as they move through puberty and how you as a parent can support your teen at this vulnerable time. Parents will have an opportunity to reflect on the many behavioural challenges that teens can present with such as power struggles. As a parent the programme helps you to learn when to step in and when to step back.

Non Violent Resistance | Child to Parent Violence

Many families manage to find ways to resolve conflict without the development of abusive behaviour, but some
parents find themselves in need of help and support from outside the family. 

A child or adolescent’s behaviour is violent and abusive if parents feel controlled, intimidated or threatened by it. If parents feel they must adapt their own behaviour because of threats or use of abuse or violence, then we are talking about child to parent violence.

The NVR Programme aims to empower & support parents/ carers in preventing & responding to the controlling and violent behaviour of children and teenagers.

The core elements of the programme include:

  • Parental Commitment to Non Violent Resistance: parents commit to resisting violence and to avoiding violence when responding to their child.
  • De-escalation Skills: the development of parental self-management and self-calming skills to de-escalate and avoid unnecessary confrontations.
  • Increased Parental Presence: changing the ways in which a parent is present in their child’s life and refocusing interactions away from persistent conflict.
  • The Support Network: the parents’ disclosure about the extent of the problem of violence with a number of significant people who they also invite to be part of a support network, such as grand-parents, aunts and/or uncles, or friends. 
  • Family Announcement: an announcement to the family that violence at home will no longer be tolerated.
  • Acts of Reconciliationspontaneous unearned treats and/ or gestures of encouragement (words/ actions/events) offered by parents to the child.