Parenting Skills

Happy parents, resilient, thriving children

Parenting young children and teenagers is one of the most demanding jobs a person can do. New, and often sleep deprived parents must quickly master a range of skills, and the requirement for new parenting skills continually evolves as your child grows and develops through into adolesence – physically, cognitively and emotionally.

Parenting can be stressful, and unrealistic expectations can add to this stress. Many parents wonder if they are doing the right thing, or whether they are being too easy or too hard on their children. Learning new strategies to cope with difficult or challenging behaviour can increase your confidence in your parenting skills, and reduce your stress.

Parents seek help for many reasons. Couples may have different parenting styles, or disagree about which values are important. Children can have a range of emotional, cognitive or behavioural issues which can have an impact on the family and the relationships within the family unit, or significant events may impact these relationships.

Individual counselling and group parenting courses may provide opportunities for parents to:

  • learn effective strategies and routines to enhance parenting
  • build confidence in their own parenting skills
  • develop and consolidate skills in listening to children and disciplining them
  • discover that parenting can be enjoyable.

We support parents, families and other carers and can offer a combination of tailored individual sessions and group programs. These include:

  • Creating workable routines
  • Developing positive parenting skills
  • Managing sleep problems in children
  • Managing challenging behaviour
  • Coping with tantrums, hitting and biting
  • Building resilience
  • Managing anxiety
  • Overcoming school refusal
  • Assessment of ADHD or other difficulties
  • Education about child development
  • Learning how to build relationships and help your child
  • Strategies to enhance your child’s task motivation
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Adjusting to family changes such as separation and divorce

1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parent Training

Tired of yelling or nagging?

1-2-3 Magic® & Emotion Coaching is a popular and effective 3-week course for parents of 2-12 year-olds.

Using contemporary thinking in child development, with an emphasis on the differences between adult and children’s cognitive abilities, this course will help you identify the common mistakes of parenting, and give you the tools to use a flexible and mindful approach based on your family values.

This 3 session course teaches parents a modern, easy-to-learn system to manage children’s difficult behaviour.

Learn strategies to:

  • Help your child self-motivate (e.g. getting dressed, start doing homework, doing chores)
  • Stop problem behaviours (e.g. stop tantrums, stop whining, stop hitting)
  • Use less talk and less emotion (stop yelling and nagging!)
  • Encourage your child to self-regulate and manage their own emotional reactions.
  • Encourage your child’s growing independence, and strengthen your relationship with your child
  • Decide what action to take in difficult-to-manage parenting situations, including discipline
  • Know how to encourage and re-enforce desirable behaviours.

For further information, or to book your spot in the next course, call us on 02 8355 3634.

  • The 123 Magic & Emotion Coaching program involves 3 x 2hr weekly sessions for parents only to attend.
  • Both parents are encouraged to attend where possible.
  • Cost includes a comprehensive parent workbook and all refreshments.
  • Medicare or private health fund rebates may apply to eligible clients.

Engaging Adolescents Parent Course

The Engaging Adolescents™ program is a 3-week course that helps parents of 13-18 year-olds

to develop greater confidence in parenting their adolescents.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Understanding adolescence: a time of reconstructions, redeveloping social landscapes, brain snaps and body make-overs
  • Understanding our job as a parent of a teenager – observer, advisor, negotiator, director
  • Asking the question, Is it serious? What’s worth reacting to and what’s not…
  • How to hold the difficult conversations more successfully

For further information, or to book your spot in the next course, call us on 02 8355 3634.

  • The Engaging Adolescents program involves 3 x 2hr weekly sessions for parents only to attend.
  • Both parents are encouraged to attend where possible.
  • Cost includes a comprehensive parent workbook and refreshments.
  • Medicare or private health fund rebates may apply to eligible clients.