Parents

At ClearMinds, we understand the demands of parenthood at this time when the economy is poor, financial pressures are increasing and our children are exposed to more negative influences than we would wish all of which can cause additional pressure for all the family during the already difficult child development and adolescent years. With the need to provide financial security for the family, sustaining a healthy life/work balance is proving harder than ever. Guilt, stress, frustration and frayed tempers are all too often the invasive partners in otherwise healthy family relationships.

ClearMinds offers Parent Workshops specifically designed to help you achieve a positive life
balance and to challenge your thinking. Each programme will help you determine what is going
well and what you want to improve in your life to ensure quality of life for you and the best possible
parenting for your children. We also offer Personal Performance and Life Coaching on a 1-1 basis, providing support to parents wishing to explore areas that impact their lives, including the increasing demands of balancing good parenting whilst sustaining full or part-time employment.

Our workshops cover myriad themes and encourage active participation; incorporate thought-
provoking and reflective exercises and offer parents the chance to gain valuable support and guidance with any issues you may encounter in your family lives.


Life Coaching

Life Coaching can be effective in many situations, for example in helping a person's career direction and development, or for personal fulfilment or life change more generally

  • Coaching aims to draws out a person’s full potential
  • Coaching is a reflective, empathic and non-judgemental approach
  • Coaching enables people to feel empowered to make changes
  • Coaching will help you discover how to unlock the many inner resources that lie dormant and unused within you
  • Coaching facilitates the learner to discover answers and new ways of being based on their values, preferences and unique perspective.
  • Personal coaching is a process which is designed and defined in a relationship agreement between a client and a coach. It is based on the client's expressed interests, goals and objectives.

Parenting Workshops

Parenting Workshops are offered through schools, in the corporate sector, through parenting groups and in the local community as one off 2 hour workshops or six week courses with themes that include:

  • Ways to improve work/life balance
  • Top tips for parents
  • Less shouting; better communication
  • Managing anger
  • The impact of technology on the mental health of children
  • The impact of exam stress and expectation for results
  • Peer pressure and how it interferes with self-esteem and making the right choices
  • Raising confident children
  • Stress busting
  • Toddler to teenage tantrums
  • Raising resilient, focused Children
  • Signs and symptoms of mental health concerns

WORKSHOPS (up to one day)

2hr Workshop for parents of under 11s

• Being a good enough parent
• Staying Calm/ Stress Busting
• The importance of parents needs
• Understanding that children are unique and different

Children Spell Love T-I-M-E

• Boosting your relationship
• Empathy
• Enjoy spending time with your children
• How were you parented - what impact has that had?
• Managing different temperament

Stress Busting

• Coping strategies
• Ideas to deal with the pressures of parenting
• The perfect parent myth
• Roles of a parent

Why Does My Child Behave Like That?

• Feelings and needs
• Responding in a way that helps
• Staying Calm
• Understanding what is going on behind your child's behaviour

Transition

• Concerns and anxieties
• How to prepare your child for a move e.g. new class, school, new home etc
• Practical suggestions to support your child through the change process
• Responding in a helpful way
• Starting or changing school


longer courses (optimum 6 weeks)

Please contact us if you'd like to use any of these topics as stand-alone workshops.

6 Week Parenting Course

• Appropriate expectations - ages & stages
• Behaviour

  • Discouraging unwanted behaviour
  • Encouraging acceptable behaviour

• Being a good enough parent
• Communication:

  •  Effective listening skills
  • Asking for what you need
  • Clear Instructions
  • Differences between assertive, aggressive & passive communication
  • The language of blame

• Connection between feelings, needs & behaviour
• Emotional literacy
• Family meetings

 

• Giving feedback
• Have fun
• House Rules
• How to give children positive attention
• Incentives and consequences
• Internal & external pressures
• Parenting challenges and how to overcome them
• Resourcing yourself
• Role Modelling
• Sincere & meaningful praise
• Special / Golden time
• Temperament & personality traits
• Tackling challenging behaviour
• Understanding behaviour
• What children really need
• 10 ways to show children love

We also run specialised 6 week courses covering a wide range of topics specific to parenting, including:

  • Effective Discipline

  • Healthy Thinking for Parents

  • Managing Anger in the Family

  • Effective Communication; Less Shouting

  • Sibling Rivalry

  • Raising Confident Children/building children's self-esteem

  • Tweens approaching the teenage years

  • Living with Teenagers

To see an in-depth breakdown of all our 6 week courses, please click below:


flexi-topics

These topics can be run as a workshop or a longer course.

• Bullying
• Change & Loss including divorce, separation & bereavement
• Children with Special Needs
• Dads
• Food & fitness
• Goal Mapping

• Parenting alone
• Sex & sexuality
• Step Families
• The impact of technology on young minds
• Why does my child behave like that? - understanding their behaviour

We can plan and deliver any other parenting topics that parents want to cover.


Handouts

We produce many hand-outs to support the parent's learning within the groups.

• 10 ways to show love
• Boundaries
• Choices & consequences
• DOs rather than DON'Ts
• Feedback Model

• Feelings Faces
• Listening
• 'Me' time is important too
• Staying Calm
• The link between