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Parenting Courses in-depth

Below is a detailed list of all the topics we cover in each of our parenting courses to make sure you pick the one that's right for you.

We tailor and modify each course to suit your needs, so please feel free to merge and mould topics below or contact us with any questions regarding your booking.


Effective Discipline Course

• Causes of behaviour
• Choices & consequences
• Consistency
• Differences between aggression, passiveness & assertiveness
• First ... Then strategy
• Freedom with limits
• Gaining co-operation
• Handling challenging behaviour
• House rules & encouraging responsibility

• Limited choices
• Parenting Styles
• Personality Profiles and how they can affect relationships
• Positive framework & reinforcement
• Regaining control
• Rewards
• Routines
• Setting & maintaining boundaries
• Why physical punishments don't work


healthy thinking for parents

• 10 ways to kick-start and begin improving self esteem
• Being kind to ourselves
• Beliefs and Values
• Developing a positive attitude
• Focus & build on strengths
• Goal Mapping
• Hierarchy of needs
• Improving family relationships
• Keeping sane
• Listening and Talking
• Less guilt; more enjoyment

• Reducing Anxiety
• Regaining control
• Resourcing ourselves
• Spring Clean your family life
• Strategies to feel more comfortable with who we are
• Stress and the effects on the family
• Time Management
• The Importance of 'Me' Time
• The Power of Positive Thinking
• Thoughts; Feelings; Actions
• Who am I?


Managing Anger in the Family

• Analysing Anger

  • ABC process to work out what happened
  • Displaced anger
  • Measuring anger
  • Thoughts; Reactions; Feelings
  • Triggers

• 'Angry' words
• Body Map

• Communication:

  • Listening

  • Speaking

  • Using 'I' messages

• Different ways to respond to angry outbursts
• Family & House Rules
• Keeping an anger diary; recognising patterns
• Logical consequences

• Models:

  • Bottling it Up

  • The Spring Effect

  • Weighing it up

• Personalities & Anger
• Sibling Rivalry

• Successful strategies

  • Reducing angry outbursts
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Safe ways to release pent up feelings
  • Staying calm

• What is anger?

  • Anger is a normal emotion
  • Causes & effects of angerManaging our own anger
  • Messages we carry about anger
  • Recognising signs and symptoms of anger
  • Understanding feelings underneath anger
  • What's damaging / useful about anger?

Effective Communication; Less Shouting

• Active Listening
• Asking good questions
• Assertive communication
• Challenging children's behaviour
• Choice & Responsibility
• Coaching as opposed to nagging or shouting
• Feelings & Needs
• Family Agreements
• Gaining co-operation
• Helpful Discipline

• Involve your child
• 'I' messages
• Natural consequences
• Parenting Styles
• Setting boundaries & Standing Firm
• Staying Calm
• Tantrums - parents & children / teens
• The dangers of labelling
• Tools to challenge children's behaviour effectively
• Understanding behaviour and what lies underneath


Sibling Rivalry

• Acknowledging feelings and needs
• Active Listening
• Assertive communication
• Giving children responsibility
• Hearing & understanding others
• Helping children share
• How does conflict affect us?
• It's Not Fair

• Mediation process
• Moving on
• Mutual understanding and agreement
• Negotiation
• Reducing conflict
• Responding to children's feelings
• Responding to jealousy
• Sorting out arguments
• Staying Calm strategy


Raising Confident Children & building self-esteem

• Be specific
• Building self-esteem
• Responding to children & adults feelings & needs
• Celebrate the ups and cope with the downs
• Communication; Active listening
• Confident parenting
• Describing behaviour not labelling
• Effective praise
• Emotional Bank Account
• Getting alongside our children
• 'I can' attitude
• Keeping safe

• Naming feelings
• Parenting Styles
• Positive self talk
• Protecting young minds
• Resourcing yourself
• Roles of a parent
• Standing firm
• Stress & the effect on parenting
• Wanting the best
• Ways to help children feel good about themselves
• Ways to support children to express & handle their feelings
• What am I good at?


Tweens approaching the teenage years

• A sense of belonging & identity
• Boosting self esteem
• Changing parenting role
• Communication
• Coping with the changes;
• Encouraging responsibility
• It's tough being a tween

• Moving toward independence
• Problem Solving
• Rewards & Sanctions
• Understanding body language
• Ways to handle conflict
• Why do they behave like that?
• Worries about being a teenager


Living with Teenagers

• Angst against authority
• Being a teenager in modern times
• Belonging
• Challenging Years
• Common goals behind behaviour
• Communicating with teenagers
• Dealing with conflict
• Differences between the teenager's & parent's needs
• Getting a more balanced view of our young people
• Hormones
• Learning the art of negotiation

• Our aims for our teenagers
• Parenting Styles - what sort of parent are you?
• Peer pressure
• Pressures & changes for teenagers
• Rebellion & Independence
• Risk Taking and Thrill Seeking - changes to the teenage brain
• Sex sense for teens; drugs, music, alcohol etc
• Society's expectations & assumptions
• Timeline of development
• Whose problem is it?
• With freedom comes responsibility