Foundations of Great Parenting
How to be a great, (but not perfect!) parent
Each parent is different as is every child. But there are some core things that your child needs from you. Get these basic things right and you’re off to a great start to being great parents. On this program you’ll have the opportunity to explore the six core principles of great parenting in detail and discover how to apply them to you and your family. Learn what to do and what not to do, and how to tailor it to your own style.
Preparing for Parenthood
Start talking and thinking about how you are going to be great parents!
This program is for people who are about to embark on the grand journey of parenthood. You’ll hear about the good, the bad and the amazingly joyful! Parenting isn’t rocket science, but you will discover that the more thinking you’ve done, talking with your partner and getting some basic ideas in place and how you’re going to work as a team, the easier it will be.
What generally happens is that there is a lot of discussion about giving birth etc, but not a lot about what to when you bring this brand new wee thing home and you’re all by yourself!
Divorcing with Grace and Style
Separation and divorce without screwing up your kids—It’s possible!
Having ‘been there and done that’, it is possible to divorce with a level of grace and style—at least from the perspective of your kids!
You don’t have to like your ex, you don’t even have to come to the same program as they do (book yourselves in a week apart) but you do need to learn what your kids need and how to manage your feelings towards your ex and your previous relationship. This means you can focus on working as a parenting team for the sake of your kids.
Effective co-parenting for separated parents
This follows on from the Divorcing with Grace and Style program.
On this program we go into more detail on what to do, what your kids need and how to manage it, all within busy lives juggling numerous different things. It’s practical, non-preachy and gives you tips and ideas on how to co-parent even when separated and you really can’t stand your ex.
Designing Consequences and providing Discipline That Works
Providing Clear Rules and Discipline that Actually Work
So often punishing our kids just doesn’t work. It doesn’t change the behaviour and we often feel like we have to become a monster in order to get our message across. Kids need appropriate consequences and discipline; this is a critical part of their learning and development. On this program you’ll learn how to design consequences that make an impact, change behaviour, and preserve the relationship between you and your kids.
Setting Boundaries and Rules while loving them to bits
How to set and enforce effective rules and boundaries
This follows on from the Designing Consequences Program. Kids need boundaries and sometimes these need to be almost as solid as brick walls. Setting them at times can be hard and kids are often good at getting around them.
This program offers ideas on how to provide clear messages and boundaries for your kids. Once you implement these boundaries in your home, you will be amazed to watch your kids relax and become so much nicer!
Building Resilient Kids
This is what we want all our kids to be
Kids build genuine resilience and self-esteem not from being told they are fantastic all the time, but from learning, experiencing and succeeding in the real world.
Kids are not stupid, they know when they are being patronised and when we’re just trying to be ‘nice’. So, within boundaries, kids need to be pushed to try new things, allowed to not get something right and when they do succeed, the joy and learning is worth all the hard work and sweat.
The Art of Herding Cats
I like teenagers. I’ve worked with them for years, and while they can be a complete pain in the neck, they’re mostly pretty wonderful. They are looking at the world through completely new eyes; it is an amazing time.
However it can be tough parenting teenagers; they challenge you, push your buttons and can create mayhem. This program will help you learn when and where to make a stand, when to let go, when to level with them and how to love them to bits even when they are being a complete pain.
Parenting Bright Children
“the curse of the bright child”
Bright kids are fantastic but they can be a challenge, precisely because they are so smart
If you are blessed with a particularly bright child, it is a wonderful thing, but you do need to parent them carefully. Bright kids, are just that, very bright; so their intellectual horsepower is so much more advanced than their emotional development. They can often out-think us and get us caught up in all sorts of arguments—it can make our head spin. Even more than other kids, bright kids need very clear limits and boundaries to make them feel safe and secure. The challenge is how to do this and this is what we cover in this program.
Dealing with Stroppy Teenagers
Teenagers! Sick of dumb parents?—leave home now while you still know everything!
An extension course for people whose teenagers are really pushing boundaries and you’ve got to the point where you really don’t know what to do. It is not easy and it can be distressing. This program explores how to get your kid back on track, maintain the relationship and provide your teenager with what they need in order to get back on track.