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Parenting courses for parents and carers

The Parent Practice won’t dictate how you should bring up your children but will help you to understand your child’s temperament, define your own family values and give you tools to bring up your children according to your values. The skills and strategies taught on our courses can be applied to suit any family giving mums, dads and carers a united front from which to work, making life as a parent or carer both easier and more fulfilling.  Our programme content is designed to be as flexible as possible to suit the needs of the parents on a particular course:-

  • The Flagship 10 session Positive Parenting Skills Course will give you a toolbox full of skills and strategies and in-depth training in how best to use them so you can manage the day-to-day challenges of being a parent
  • The Core 5 Session Positive Parenting Skills Course covers Modules 1 - 5 of the 10 week course.  This course runs on specific dates each term
  • The 1 Day Parenting in a Nutshell Course is our condensed positive parenting skills course which covers the essential parenting skills
  • The Courses at Home option means you can gather a group of friends and host a course run by a Parent Practice Facilitator in the comfort of your own home. 

Parenting skills courses have morning or evening classes during school term time (with a break for half term) and are held at several of The Parent Practice venues across London.   You can join the 10 session or 5 session Positive Parenting Skills courses at any time - it doesn't have to be at the start of term.  We also work at other locations outside London and you can even host a course at home. Clients who attend are mums or dads with children up to age 18, couples with children up to age 18, busy working parents, carers, nannies and foster parents, adults who have signification children in their lives such as grandchildren, godchildren, step children, nieces and nephews and parents of children with special needs.

 

Come to a Free Trial at any of our locations before you decide if you want to join a course! 

 

Course Modules for parents and carers

Parenting Skills Course

Here are details of the 10 Modules which make up the 10 session Positive Parenting Skills Course. Modules 1 – 5 make up our Core 5 Session Positive Parenting Skills Course.  Modules 6 - 10 make up our Applied 5 Session Positive Parenting Skills Course. Some parents book Modules 1-10 at the outset, others book Modules 1-5 and then continue to take Modules 6 – 10 when it is convenient.

Module 1 - Descriptive Praise: How to develop your child's motivation, co-operation and confidence using Descriptive Praise.

Module 2 - Emotion Coaching: Improve your emotional bond with your children, encourage communication and good behaviour by understanding and helping children manage their emotions more effectively.

Module 3 - Setting up for Success: How to make home life more harmonious and reduce stressful moments.

Module 4 - Values, Rules and Rewards: How to formulate, communicate and follow through on rules consistently in ways that pass on the values you want for your children and encourage cooperation while preserving a child’s individuality.

Module 5 - Positive Discipline: How to respond constructively to unwanted behaviours in ways that teach children to take responsibility and learn from their mistakes without damaging self-esteem.

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Module 6 - Fostering independence and encouraging good habits: Apply the skills to train your children in those attributes that you think would benefit them as adults. Training children to be more self-reliant boosts their confidence hugely as well as giving them skills for life.

Module 7 - Being in Charge: Explore how to authoritative without being over controlling and how to discipline effectively in positive ways which encourage children to learn, not to fear.

Module 8 - Fostering good relationships between siblings and other children:  Look at ways to foster positive relationships between children, siblings and friends, and ways of resolving conflict constructively.

Module 9 - Keeping Calm: How to structure your life so that you can access your positive parenting skills when faced with provocative behaviour. Assess whether your expectations of your children are realistic by reference to stages of development and temperament.

Module 10 - What to do when your children push your buttons: When our buttons have been pushed our skills go out the window and we respond to our children's behaviour in ineffective ways. Learn how to recognise and defuse your buttons so you can react appropriately in the face of ‘button-pushing’ behaviour.

During the course you will be given tasks so you can take the skills home and practice between sessions, knowing that each week you can come back to get further coaching on how you can use these skills to have a positive impact on your family's life.

 

1 day Parenting Skills Course

The 1 day Parenting in a Nutshell Course comprises two sessions, morning and afternoon, with a break for lunch.  The course covers two crucial aspects of parenting.

Communicating with Children; Encouraging Cooperation and Confidence (morning session)

For parents to forge strong bonds and build trust with children, to encourage cooperation and to build confidence they need really good communication skills. We show parents easy techniques for talking to children in ways that encourage them to listen, cooperate and be motivated. We distinguish ways of acknowledging children’s good behaviour from conventional praise so that what we say is meaningful, credible and actually taken on board by children, so that it is really effective in building strong self-esteem and encouraging good behaviours. We also look at listening skills which encourage children to talk to us and emotion coaching skills which help children learn to identify, understand and manage their emotions. Emotionally literate children form better relationships and achieve better academic outcomes at school and it's much easier to live with someone who knows how to deal well with their feelings.

Positive Discipline (afternoon session)

Building on the morning session we will explore how to set up and uphold effective rules and routines encapsulating our own values and how to respond effectively to unwanted behaviours. This session provides parents with an opportunity to think about their parenting in a mindful and purposeful way and reflect on those values that are important to them and why. It then looks at how to communicate and pass on these values to children. It explores how to set boundaries and to uphold them in a positive way without being over constraining or inhibiting individuality.

Many parents find disciplining their children one of the hardest things to do. They often feel they swing from being too lenient to overly harsh.  We teach parents ways of achieving a balance so that they can be both positive and firm at the same time. We address the reasons for inappropriate behaviour and how to respond effectively when children don't behave well. This session looks at how to teach children how to behave appropriately without fear, humiliation or squashing their spirit.  

Workshops for parents and carers

Workshops for parents and carers

Our topic based parenting workshops focus on particular issues that parents often face. Workshops are a good introduction to The Parent Practice and the way we teach.  After attending our workshops parents say they have many concrete ideas and strategies to take home and use with their families.  Workshops are a helpful addition to parents who have completed one of our Parenting Skills Courses as parents apply the skills taught in the workshop to specific situations. Most workshops last for approx 2.5 hours.  

Our full list of parenting workshops are listed in the Workshops page.  We also have Special Workshops throughout the year, where we invite key speakers to speak on their subject at our centres, please see below.

Some of our popular workshop titles are:-                                                                                      

Bringing out the Best in Boys

How to be a Calmer Parent

Positive Discipline - what to do when your child says no                                                                                                   

The Teenage Years: setting up for success                                                                              

What to do when your Children Push your Buttons                                                              

 

Some of our Special Workshops titles are:-

Nutrition for Children: helping children enjoy food, presented by Recipes for Health

Worlds Apart: bringing up children in the iGeneration, presented by Frances Booth

SLOW Parenting: bringing up children in a fast world, presented by Carl Honoré 

 

Workshops at home

You can gather a group of friends and book a workshop run by a Parent Practice Facilitator in the comfort of your own home. If you would like to host a workshop at home please complete this booking form.

Assisting at workshops

If you have completed one or more of our workshops or courses and would like to volunteer to help the facilitators during courses and workshops, please let us know.

 

Please register for other parenting workshops you would like to attend in future school terms. We will then be in touch with relevant dates.

 



 

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Parenting in a Nutshell - 1 day course CLAPHAM

FRIDAY 2nd Mar 2018, 9:30am-4:30pm.

68 Thurleigh Road, London SW12 8UD

Our one day parenting skills course covering the areas of Communicating with Children, Encouraging Cooperation and Confidence, and Positive Discipline.

£140 per person. £220 (£110 each) for couples or two friends booking together. Prices include VAT, Course Manual and all other course materials.  

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Date: 02/03/2018

Duration: 1 day

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

Venue: 68 Thurleigh Road, London, SW12 8UD

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Training for Trainers PART 2, Modules 6-10 INTENSIVE Course

AVAILABLE TO GRADUATED OF TRAINING COURSE FOR MODULES 1-5

Three day course, Tue 23- Thur 25th Jan 2018, 9:30am-3:30pm


This course allows graduates who have completed the training for Modules 1-5 to cover modules 6-10 thereby covering all the skills in The Parent Practice's 10 week Positive Parenting Course

The skills covered in this course are:
Encouraging independence and other good habits
Being in charge, positively and constructively
Fostering harmony and resolving conflict between children
Keeping calm
What to do when your children push your buttons

£900+VAT per person

This is a certified course, satisfactory completion of which will be by attendance and short written assignments.

If you are interested in this training please send us your details using the 'Apply Now' button below. If you have any queries please send us your question using the quick contact form at the bottom of this page, an email to team@theparentpractice.com or call 020 8673 3444.

Melissa Hood - Trainer

Date: 23/01/2018

Duration: 4 day

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Venue: Clapham

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Training for Trainer INTENSIVE Course

Each day, Monday 15th to Friday 19th Jan 2018, 9:30am-3pm.

Our session training programme trains anyone who wants to further their own parenting skills and/or is interested in adding our skills to their existing professional repertoire. You may already be involved in work with families for which this training would provide a valuable resource. No previous experience of our work is required to take this training although if you have already taken one of our courses this will offer you the opportunity to deepen your understanding and skills. This is a certified course, satisfactory completion of which will be by attendance, short written assignments and an optional practical presentation. 

Trainees will deepen and broaden their understanding of the skills and strategies taught on our Positive Parenting Core Skills Course and will also be trained in facilitation skills. This involves learning about:
•Group dynamics
•Presentation skills
•Managing participants’ expectations
•Managing time
•Facilitating each participant’s learning – being aware of different learning styles and responding to them accordingly. 

£1,500+VAT per person

If you are interested in this training please send us your details using the 'Apply Now' button below. If you have any queries please send us your question using the quick contact form at the bottom of this page, an email to team@theparentpractice.com or call 020 8673 3444.

Melissa Hood -Trainer

Date: 15/01/2018

Duration: 4 day

Time: 9:30-3pm

Venue: Clapham

Cost: £1,500+VAT per person

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10 Week Positive Parenting Course WIMBLEDON

FRIDAYS 10am-12pm

20 Holland Avenue, Wimbledon SW20 0RN

This course runs every Friday morning during term-time with a break over half term each term.

It is a rolling programme so participants can join the course on any Friday after the start of a term and then complete the course in the following term.

£500 per person. 20% discount (£400 each) for couples or two friends booking together. Prices include VAT, Course Manual and all other course materials. 

Christmas Special! Book and start this course either this term (on or before 1st Dec 2017) or next term on Friday 12th Jan 2018 and get 20% (£100) off the per person rate (down from £500 to £400). 

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Victoria Markou-Facilitator

 

Date: 15/09/2017

Duration: 10 week

Time: FRI 10am-12pm, Rolling Programme, Start Anytime

Venue: 20 Holland Avenue, SW20 0RN

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10 Week Positive parenting Course. CHELSEA

THURSDAYS 10am-12pm

32 St Lukes Street, SW3 3RP

 

This course runs every Thursday morning during term-time with a break over half term each term.

It is a rolling programme so participants can join the course on any Thursday after the start of a term and then complete the course in the following term. 

£500 per person. 20% discount (£400 each) for couples or two friends booking together. Prices include VAT, Course Manual and all other course materials.

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Jenny Eastwood-Facilitator


 

 

Date: 14/09/2017

Duration: 10 week

Time: THURS 10am-12pm, Rolling Programme. Start any Thursday

Venue: 32 St Lukes Street, London, SW3 3RP

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10 Week Positive Parenting Course BARNES

THURSDAYS, 10am-12pm.

41a Lonsdale Road, London SW13 9JR

The course runs every Thursday morning during term-time with a break over each half term.

It is a rolling programme so participants can join the course on any Thursday after the start of a term and then complete the course in the following term.

£500 per person. Prices include VAT, Course Manual and all other course materials.

Christmas Special! Book and start this course either this term (before 1st Dec 2017) or next term on Thurs 11th Jan 2018 and get 20% (£100) off the per person rate (down from £500 to £400). 

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Karen Elder-Facilitator


Date: 14/09/2017

Duration: 10 week

Time: THURS 10am-12pm, Rolling Programme, Start any Thursday

Venue: 41a Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9JR

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10 Week Positive Parenting Course CLAPHAM

WEDNESDAYS, 10am-12pm 

68 Thurleigh Road, London SW12 8UD

The course runs every Wednesday morning during term-time with a break over each half term.

It is a rolling programme so participants can join the course on any Wednesday after the start of a term and then complete the course in the following term.

£500 per person. 20% discount (£400 each) for couples or two friends booking together. Prices include VAT, Course Manual and all other course materials.

Christmas Special! Book and start this course either this term (before 1st Dec 2017) or next term on Weds 10th Jan 2018 and get 20% (£100) off the per person rate (down from £500 to £400). 

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Juliet Richards-Facilitator

 

Date: 13/09/2017

Duration: 10 week

Time: WED 10am-12pm. Rolling Programme. Start any Wednesday

Venue: 68 Thurleigh Road, SW12 8UD

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10 week Positive Parenting Course EARLSFIELD

TUESDAYS, 7:30-9:30pm 

Mood Food Cafe, 131 Penwith Road, SW18 4PZ

The course runs every Tuesday evening during term-time with a break over each half term.

It is a rolling programme so participants can join the course on any Tuesday after the start of a term and then complete the course in the following term.

£500 per person. 20% discount (£400 each) for couples or two friends booking together. Prices include VAT, Course Manual and all other course materials. 

Christmas Special! Book and start this course either this term (before 1st Dec 2017) or next term on Tues 9th Jan 2018 and get 20% (£100) off the per person rate (down from £500 to £400). 

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Karen Elder - Facilitator

Date: 12/09/2017

Duration: 10 week

Time: TUES 7:30-9:30pm. Rolling Programme. Start anytime

Venue: Mood Food Cafe, 131 Penwith Road, Earlsfield, SW18 4PZ

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5 week Core Parenting Skills Course

MONDAYS 7:30-9:30pm

Mondays 2nd & 9th Oct - Half term break - 30th Oct and 6 & 13th Nov 2017.

68 Thurleigh Road, London SW12 8UD

The course covers the first five modules of the full ten week course.

£325 per person. 20% discount (£260 each) for couples or two friends booking together. Prices include VAT, Course Manual and all other course materials.  

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Juliet Richards -Facilitator



      

 

Duration: 5 week

Time: MON 7:30-9:30pm.

Venue: 68 Thurleigh Road, London, SW12 8UD

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Hosting a Course or Workshop at Home

You can gather a group of friends and book a course to be run in the comfort of your own home. If the group has children of similar ages it can be specifically tailored to that age group.

Courses around the UK and Internationally

Parenting Skills Courses are offered in other areas around the UK and Internationally by Approved Licensees of The Parent Practice using The Parent Practice methodology:

UK Licensees:

Buckinghamshire

Hampshire

North-West London

Surrey

International Licensees:

Brazil

Dubai

The Parent Practice also has centres in New York and Sydney. 

Duration: 5 week

Time: Varied

Venue: North West London, Surrey, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Brazil & Dubai

Cost: Varied

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Training for Trainers Course

Fridays 15th, 22nd & 29th Sept, 6th & 13th Oct 2017 9:30am-3pm.

Our session training programme trains anyone who wants to further their own parenting skills and/or is interested in adding our skills to their existing professional repertoire. You may already be involved in work with families for which this training would provide a valuable resource. No previous experience of our work is required to take this training although if you have already taken one of our courses this will offer you the opportunity to deepen your understanding and skills. This is a certified course, satisfactory completion of which will be by attendance, short written assignments and an optional practical presentation. 

Trainees will deepen and broaden their understanding of the skills and strategies taught on our Positive Parenting Core Skills Course and will also be trained in facilitation skills. This involves learning about:
•Group dynamics
•Presentation skills
•Managing participants’ expectations
•Managing time
•Facilitating each participant’s learning – being aware of different learning styles and responding to them accordingly. 

£1,500+VAT per person

Read More about the course and licensing

If you are interested in this training please send us your details using the 'Apply Now' button below. If you have any queries please send us your question using the quick contact form at the bottom of this page, an email to team@theparentpractice.com or call 020 8673 3444.

Melissa Hood -Trainer

Duration: Train the trainer

Time: 9:30am-3pm

Venue: Clapham

Cost: £1500 + VAT per person

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Raising Girls - Connecting with your daughter, the power of words.

Duration: Train the trainer

Duration: 2.5hrs

This workshop is about words, the power of words to create and to heal relationships. Words are especially important to girls. They tend to be adept with them and they use them to build relationships more than boys who focus more on activities. Her words are attempts to engage and to be heard, to connect. But sometimes her words can hurt. And then we parents struggle with words too.

Girls are likewise especially vulnerable to the effect of words so parents need to be careful to listen to the real message behind her words and to respond with compassion and understanding.

In this workshop we will look at what girls are trying to communicate and constructive ways to respond which avoid verbal shut downs and conversational dead ends. We will decipher the codes so that we can understand what our daughters are longing for us to know.

We will examine specific situations to see what happened and why, and then what words would be a better alternative.

This workshop draws on research into what girls themselves say about communication between themselves and their parents.

This workshop is best suited to parents of girls from age 8 but anyone with younger girls can undoubtedly benefit too.  

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Raising Boys: Understanding boy world and helping boys thrive in it

Duration: Train the trainer

Duration: 2.5 hours

This workshop addresses what it’s like to be a man today and what kind of men we want our sons to grow up to be. We look at how to encourage those qualities in our boys while they’re growing up. We look at practical ways of talking to our sons to pass on our values and to encourage good behaviour, attitudes and mindsets. We also look at the role of modelling. 

Emotional intelligence is a greater predictor of success in life than any academic achievement. In this workshop we look at skills to grow boys’ emotional maturity. In particular we look at boys’ style of communication. We give parents tools for communicating in ways that suit boys and teach techniques for encouraging boys to talk, both to solve problems and to connect effectively. 

We look at several scenarios where boys often have difficulties and examine ways parents can coach their sons for successful outcomes.

 

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Preparing for the Teenage Years

Duration: Train the trainer

Duration: 2.5hrs

Many parents feel quite anxious about the teenage years. Adolescents experience many changes in brain development and hormones during this period which can impact behaviour dramatically. Parents often report sudden changes in their children and feel they no longer know how to respond to this new person in their midst. They need new strategies to enable them to communicate effectively, to maintain effective boundaries and to support their children through a time of great change to emerge as competent adults.


Parents need to be able to understand teens and communicate effectively if they are to reduce conflict, help improve teenagers’ self-esteem and to minimise the impact of peer pressure. Listening effectively to teens helps improve their ability to solve problems, to develop judgment and to be considerate of others. It also encourages teens to come to their parents if they need help.

In this workshop we teach strategies that help foster a really positive relationship between parent and teen.  It is suitable for parents of children approaching the teenage years as well as parents whose children are already teenagers.

The workshop covers:    

  • Understanding teenagers’ behaviour
  • Boosting teenagers’ self-esteem
  • Engaging with teens so they want to listen to you
  • Motivating teens so they want to willingly cooperate
  • Listening actively to encourage teens to talk
  • Maintaining boundaries that generate respect, foster harmony and instil good values 

 

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Raising Girls & Friendships

Duration: Train the trainer

Duration: 2.5hrs

Relationships are very important to girls. At different stages in their lives they will have different needs from their various relationships and will manage them differently but to be successful in this key area of their lives girls need some crucial social skills.

This workshop examines five different stages in a girl’s life and what she needs from relationships with parents and friends in each stage.

It also examines practical strategies for parents in cultivating good friendship skills in their daughters, helping their daughters choose good friends and be good friends themselves. It looks at what to do when you don’t like your daughter’s friends and what to do when she falls out with her friends or she’s subject to bullying.

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Raising Boys: Channelling physicality, encouraging cooperation and boy discipline.

Duration: Train the trainer

This workshop looks at the many positive qualities of boys and how these qualities can also present challenges to the boys themselves, and also to their parents, and how we can channel them effectively. We look at practical ways to help boys do and be the best they can, whether that’s at school or at home, and in life generally. 

We also look at how we can handle particular issues such as how parents can help boys channel their high energy constructively, and deal with excessive competitiveness, even aggression. We present key skills that help boys develop good habits of co-operation including using structure and routines to help boys. We give parents effective techniques for handling misbehaviour and helping boys understand and work within boundaries. 

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Anxiety: spotting it, understanding it, teaching your child to deal with it

Duration: Train the trainer

Anxieties are very much on the rise in children and young people. 2.2% (about 96,000) children aged 5-10 and 4.4% of 11-16 year olds in the UK have an anxiety disorder. The prevalence is higher in girls. Recent research from Anxiety UK suggests that as many as 1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety condition at some point in their lives.

Children can be fearful of many things, some of them imaginary and many of them irrational. It can be hard for an adult to understand their fears.

Anxiety can be beneficial as it protects us from danger, pushes us to take action and to perform at a higher level. Our nerves keep us alert and ready to respond, but we also need to recognise when we are not at risk.

Many worries are a routine part of growing up but some are frequent and persistent and get in the way of normal life. Parents need to know when a worry is too big and how to help their child. 

This talk covers:  

what makes children anxious

what are the signs of anxiety 

what parents can do to help children deal with their worries

  -How to prevent anxiety

  -How to respond to anxiety        

Goals

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand what anxiety is
  • Understand what anxieties are normal at different ages
  • Distinguish normal worries from problematic anxiousness
  • Identify signs of anxiety
  • Understand where anxiety comes from
  • Use 8 tools to combat anxiety

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New Year - New YOU! Project Me Goal Setting Workshop for Mums

Duration: Train the trainer

GUEST SPEAKER: Author and “Mama Motivator’ Kelly Pietrangeli of Project Me is offering her popular Goal Setting Workshop for clients of The Parent Practice 

In this fun and practical workshop, Kelly will share her effective tools and strategies to help you find your focus for the year new ahead. You’ll break your life into 8 Key Areas, looking closely at the small steps you can do to make life flow better.  

Your goals don’t have to be about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or finishing a marathon – unless those truly are your aspirations! You’ll learn how to set goals that bring you more day-to-day peace and happiness. You’ll leave feeling motivated and inspired to take positive action to make 2018 your best year yet! 

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Never Have to Ask Twice

Duration: Train the trainer

NEW! 90 min format

Does it drive you mad when your children don’t listen to, ignore or defy you? Do you find yourself repeating things over and over again only to wind up shouting at and threatening your children?  Do you sometimes feel as if you are talking to a brick wall?  Do you wonder what happened to respect (and when did you turn into your mother/father)?

Children learn to tune us out when we nag, remind, lecture and criticise. This seminar will cover why children don’t listen and what parents can do to encourage children to listen and to follow instructions. Don’t miss the three stage approach for maximising cooperation.

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Keeping Children Safe Online

Duration: Train the trainer

GUEST PRESENTER: Sylvie Garvey

The internet is a fabulous resource for our families but there are many areas that you want to protect them from. One of our greatest challenges as parents is how to ensure that our children remain as safe as possible online. During this hands on session you will learn about the different layers of protection, how to put changes into practice to best fit your family and actually implement some protection and control. You are encouraged to bring family iPads and iPhones to make changes there and then and, if not, you will go home with instructions for making the changes.

About Sylvie

Sylvie Garvey established Computer Fitness, an IT troubleshooting, support and training company in 2011. She is a self-confessed techno-geek, passionate about getting IT to help, not hinder, our lives. She spent 15 years working for a global IT consultancy and her 3 children and home-run business have provided plenty of experience of typical home and small business user challenges. Sylvie provides one-on-one support and training and runs IT workshops throughout London and the South West. sylvie@computerfitness.net

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Fostering Harmony between Siblings

Duration: Train the trainer

Do your children bicker, argue or fight? Do they come to you complaining about each other or telling tales? Parents can find it very upsetting to witness their child being cruel to his/her sibling and get tired of the endless quibbling and niggling and the noise. This workshop will give you practical skills to help your children be more tolerant and considerate of each other and resolve arguments successfully.

We will show you how much can be done to make it easier for your children to like each other. We will look at the causes of the rivalry and teach you many practical, well-tried solutions to help reduce the fighting and create a more harmonious environment. We will also look at effective ways to intervene without appointing yourself judge and to help the children resolve their own disputes. This seminar covers conflict resolution skills that will equip them for life.

  • Why siblings fight
    How to foster harmony between siblings
    How to respond when they do fight
    How to intervene minimally and effectively to help children resolve disputes fairly

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The Essential Toolkit for Raising Confident and Cooperative Children

Duration: Train the trainer

All parents want to see their children be successful and happy. Many say they also want their children to learn good habits for life, to develop qualities that will serve them well and make them people that we want to be around!

Our children need to have a healthy self-esteem so that they are prepared to try new things, do their best and persevere and so that they can pick themselves up after set-backs with learning, not self-recrimination. We want them to be confident in relationships and around school and other activities. Even with a parenting approach centred on the child’s needs and feelings we also need our kids to cooperate, for the sake of family harmony and for their learning in the longer term.

In this seminar we look at ways of motivating our children to do their best and practical ways of setting things up so that children are likely to get things right. Our language is crucial in motivating and creating connection. We look at how specific words encourage confidence and cooperation and how others can contribute to low self-esteem.

This talk covers:    

  • Effective ways of motivating children to want to do their best
  • How to use words to focus on the positive aspects of your child’s behaviour
  • How to encourage your child to try hard and to persevere
  • Practical ways of setting things up so that children are likely to get things right
  • How to help your child see themselves in a positive light and thereby impact their future behaviour

 

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Nurturing Healthy Friendships and Responding to Upsets and Bullying

Duration: Train the trainer

Friendships can be lovely - affirming, supportive and nurturing; they can bring a child out of themselves and challenge them to try things they wouldn’t on their own; friendship groups can give a sense of belonging; friends can provide emotional support; good friendships provide an opportunity for a child to air their views and work out what they believe in. Being with friends teaches trust and intimacy; negotiating with peers teaches communication skills; learning how to break up and make up is also useful. Friends can help kids through tough times.

Friendships can also be troublesome if they don’t go well. Children fall out with each other, some kids find it hard to make friends and some are bullied. Exclusions, name-calling and aggressive behaviours can be very upsetting for kids.

This workshop explores what makes a good friend, how to nurture those good friend qualities in children and how to train children in essential social skills. It looks at the difference between boys’ and girls’ friendships at different stages and some of the stress points. We examine what parents can do to nurture good relationships and encourage good friendship skills.

We also look at how to support children through upsets in friendships and bullying. While we can’t completely prevent our children from being bullied we can build their self-esteem so they are less likely to be targeted and we can teach them how to respond so it is less likely to recur. We can also teach our children to be active bystanders to make bullying unacceptable in their environments. We look at how to support your child if they have engaged in bullying behaviour.
This workshop draws on research about anti-bullying practices from around the world.

This talk covers:

- What friendships look like for boys and girls at different ages
- What qualities make for a good friend and how to nurture these
- How to train your child in essential social skills, such as conversing, playing games, negotiating and turn-taking, compromising and kindness
- How to help your child deal with upsets in friendships and with bullying

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Raising Girls - Perfectionism and self-esteem

Duration: Train the trainer

Duration: 2.5hrs

Being a girl today is not the same as when their mothers were growing up. They are subject to different and more intense challenges and pressures than the previous generation. From about the age of 10 a girls’ self-esteem goes into decline; the pressure to achieve in the academic, sporting and arts arenas is enormous. While her mother will also have gone through the process of recalibrating her whole identity and working out friendships, what she believes in and how she fits into the world, her mum will have been able to do it in the privacy of her own home without the full glare of the spotlight that is social media to hinder the process.

The stresses in a tween and teen girl’s life are so great now that eating disorders, self-harm and depression are more prevalent than ever before. Girls are growing up much faster. Steve Biddulph in his new book, Raising Girls, talks about our 18 being their 14 and our 14, their 10. They are exposed to far more media and with it relentless messages about how they should look and behave. For girls how they look, and their ‘hotness’, has become a constant obsession. Young girls are behaving in a way they feel they should, rather than in a way they would like.

At the same time girls are growing up in an era of ‘girl power’ where they are encouraged to believe they are capable of anything. Perhaps the two conflicting forces of enormous pressure to perform and to grow up and to look ‘hot’ come together with this talk of empowerment  to create a situation where girls struggle to voice what they need and how they feel. Sometimes girls’ words come out mean. And then we parents struggle with words too.

You may be concerned about preserving your daughter’s innocence in a world which encourages them to grow up so fast. You may worry about the effect of the media, particularly on body image. Strong self-esteem is vital for children to be their best and to cope with the inevitable knocks of life and the highly competitive world of the 21st century. While we want our girls to strive to do their best it is important that girls are not handicapped by unrealistic perfectionist tendencies and that they learn to cope with and learn from failures.

This talk looks at the issues that are especially relevant to girls; how girls are different and how parents can help. We look at techniques parents can use to bring up your daughters to be strong, confident, willing to try new things and with a strong sense of self-worth while encouraging consideration for others. In particular we teach practical and effective strategies for fostering strong self-esteem and a positive body image and for encouraging a ‘growth mindset’ and healthy attitudes to struggle and set-backs.

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Parenting in the Digital Age

Duration: Train the trainer

Duration: 2.5hrs

The opportunities provided for our children by technology; computers, TV, mobile phones and games consoles are amazing. The wealth of information, the opportunities to learn, to socialise, to communicate, to create and to be entertained are immense.  But with this comes dangers of unwelcome content or unwelcome contact, as well as the health and other implications for our children of them spending hours in front of a screen.   

This workshop looks at how we keep our children safe and healthy while making the most of the technological revolution. This is a most pressing question for parents of 21st century children and one we need to address if we are to keep them safe and pass on the values we want them to grow up with. This workshop examines the pitfalls or risks associated with the technologies that children are embracing at an ever younger age including what’s missing in their lives if they spend too much time in front of a screen.  

 This workshop covers:   

  • The need for parents to inform and educate themselves about the digital age
  • What parents can do to protect and educate their children
  • Ways of developing trust between parent and child
  • How to develop effective rules around the use of technologies and having a healthy blend of activities
  • Ways of communicating empathetically when they wish to have more technology – time or gadgets!

 

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Helping Kids be Resilient

Duration: Train the trainer

Duration: 2.5 hrs

Strong self-esteem is vital for children to help them cope with the inevitable knocks of life. This workshop shows you how to really improve your children’s confidence and belief in themselves, build capacity in them and how to encourage them to deal with things constructively when they face challenges. It will also address effective strategies for dealing with and avoiding any bullying children might face.

This workshop covers:   

  • How to foster strong self-belief
  • How to encourage children to share their problems
  • How to encourage resilience, perseverance and coping mechanisms to deal with life’s knocks
  • How to get involved when your child is bullied and teaching children strategies for coping with bullying

 

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Understanding Your Child

Duration: Train the trainer

Parents know their children best. They know what they do, what they like and dislike and how they’re likely to react in given situations. But they don’t always know what their children are thinking and feeling and they don’t always understand why they behave the way they do. Understanding children as unique individuals is essential if parents are to apply their parenting skills in effective, targeted and strategic ways. These insights will affect everything parents do with their children.

In this seminar we look at what makes our children tick and what drives their behaviour. We look at the science of child development and neuroscience to see what behaviours are appropriate for the age and how they fit in the chain of development. We examine temperament in order to understand children more fully as individuals and how our own temperament may interact with theirs. We look at feelings to understand the emotional drivers of behaviour.

When parents really understand their children and their needs they can accommodate these to bring out the best in them. This doesn’t mean just letting unacceptable behaviour go. We look for reasons to explain behaviour and to modify it appropriately, not to excuse it. 

This talk covers:    

  • Understanding children’s stages of development and forming reasonable expectations based on this understanding
  • Looking at individual temperamental traits to understand a child’s default manner of interacting with the world. Understanding that although this is an innate part of the child’s personality how they react can be modified by strategic parental input. Helping the child to see the positive aspects of these traits and managing behaviours
  • Overview of special needs
  • Understanding how emotions underpin all behaviours, positive and negative. How understanding a child’s emotions makes strong connections with a parent, prevents battles and builds strong self-esteem.
  • How to get to know your child better

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How to be an Even Better Dad

Duration: Train the trainer

Duration: 2.5hrs
Today men are finding a voice in parenting which is often different from that expressed by their own fathers and they are redefining their role as Dads. Being a father presents men with many challenges to their patience, time, understanding, financial and emotional resources. This workshop celebrates the vital role fathers play in raising their children and shows you how to make the most of the time you have with your children and be both positive and firm with your children. It also looks at how to be an effective team with the children’s mother.

This talk is for fathers only and will be presented by a male presenter with much experience and great understanding of the male approach to parenting.

The talk covers: 

  • The positive male attributes that men bring to parenting
  • Choosing the style of parenting you want
  • The special relationships that men can have with their sons and the role they have with their daughters
  • Ways of encouraging cooperation and building self esteem in your children
  • How to foster good behaviour and good communication skills in your children
  • Positive and effective methods of discipline that engender respect and teach good values

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What's the Meaning of This....? presented by Bonnie Harris

Duration: Train the trainer

Ever wonder where your child came up with this behaviour or those words?

Do you get exasperated and embarrassed and then react regretfully?

Does it seem like nothing you do stops the behaviour you hate? 

Perhaps you don’t understand what’s going on with your child. What if you had a whole different perspective from He can’t do that, and I have to make sure he learns a lesson? What if instead of reacting to her behaviour, you were able to see that behaviour as your signal that she is having a problem, not being a problem—then you could address what provoked the behaviour in the first place without punishment or blame.

Your child is trying to tell you something but doesn’t know how except with behaviour. When children think that you just don’t get it, their behavior gets louder and more dramatic to get you to pay attention. With no defenses built up to protect themselves from blame and “getting in trouble”, your child will be free to connect and cooperate. 

This workshop will help you make that shift in perspective by: 

  • teaching you the real meaning of behavior; what it is and where it comes from
  • giving you a simple tool to help you with each behaviour that arises
  • understanding Childology so you can respond effectively to irrational behaviour
  • showing you what punishment and arbitrary consequences really do teach your child
  • teaching the skills of Connective Communication and problem solving

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When Your Kids Push your Buttons, presented by Bonnie Harris

Duration: Train the trainer

That certain look or defiant act, a roll of the eyes, an attitude and your child "pushes your buttons". You want to correct the behaviour but instead end up losing control, losing authority and saying all those things you swore you never would. It happens to the best of us. Once those buttons are pushed, no parenting skill can come to your rescue, you react automatically and make threats you later regret—the "road rage" of parenting. To be effective, perspectives need to change in order to see what your child may really be asking for. Learn how in this two part workshop. You will discover what your buttons are, where they come from, why your children push them and how to defuse them so you can regain your authority, your sanity, and your children’s cooperation and respect. 

You will learn:

  • How to identify your buttons and why they are there (hint: your child didn’t do it)
  • Why your reactions have less to do with your child and more to do with your ideas
  • The importance of understanding agendas – both yours and your child’s
  • About the unintentional messages sent across the Gap when a button gets pushed
  • How to understand behaviour and its meaning from a new point of view 

Included is the Buttons Workbook for exercises both during class and at home so you can keep the work going.

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SLOW Parenting: bringing up children in a fast world presented by Carl Honoré

Duration: Train the trainer

Duration: 2.5hrs 

Presented by Carl Honoré 

Children need to strive and struggle and stretch themselves but that does not mean childhood should be a race to perfection. Slow Parenting is about bringing balance back into the family. It means helping children reach their full potential by giving them the time and space to explore the world on their own terms. It also means giving parents the permission to relax and enjoy the ride. This workshop will explore how to find the sweet spot between doing too much and too little for our children.

Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and TED speaker. He is also a globetrotting ambassador for the Slow Movement. The Wall Street Journal called him ‘an in-demand spokesman on slowness.’ After working with street children in Brazil, he covered Europe and South America for publications ranging from the Economist and Observer to the Miami Herald, Time and National Post (Canada).

Carl’s first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. His second book, Under Pressure, explores the good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing - and offers a blueprint for change. It was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.” His latest book, The Slow Fix, explores how to solve problems in every walk of life, from business and politics to health and relationships, without falling for short-term, superficial quick fixes.

Carl recently presented a TV show for ABC 1 in Australia in which he helped frazzled, over-scheduled families slow down. The title: Frantic Family Rescue. He is now working on a TV series to do the same for families around the world, from London and New York to Singapore and Mumbai.

On top of writing, giving media interviews and making TV, radio programmes and podcasts, Carl rushes (slowly, of course) around the world to deliver speeches and workshops. His TED talk has been viewed 1.5 million times and he has been described as:

“Inarguably the world’s leading evangelist for what has become known as the Slow Movement.” The Sunday Edition (CBC)
“The global guru on the Slow Movement.” Globe and Mail
“The unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down.” Huffington Post
“The godfather of the Slow Movement.” ABC TV News
“An international spokesman for the concept of leisure.” Newsweek
Carl lives in South West London with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he plays slow sports like squash and ball hockey.

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Creating Happy Learners: how to reduce stress and increase creativity

Duration: Train the trainer

Duration: 2.5 hrs 

There has been much concern in the UK and abroad about the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that permeates schools and children’s lives across the developed world.  This culture creates unhealthy, stressed-out and unmotivated young people who are unprepared for the realities of working life. There are many stories of young people who have been pushed to the brink.  Educators are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need.  Concerned parents are trying to do what’s best for their kids. 

It is apparent that cheating has become commonplace, students are disengaged, stress-related illness and depression is rampant.  Many young people arrive at university and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. There is a growing movement of psychologists and educators across the world who believe that the systems and methods now in place to raise and educate kids are in fact devastating them. 

Are parents stuck in a culture that we are powerless to change? Or is there something we can do in the way that we raise our children that will redefine the way our children view success and themselves? Can we help our children do well and be motivated and creative rather than just following a script and be happy? At The Parent Practice we are firm believers that there are strategies parents can adopt to help kids view success and failure differently, be motivated and creative learners, and happy and confident people. 

This workshop covers: 

  • Notions of success in our society and how parents can present a different model of success to children
  • Helping children to rise up to rather than be weighed down by educational aspirations, to do their best and work hard but not to define themselves completely by results
  • Important research done by Professor Carol Dweck on creating a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset and a collaborative rather than a competitive approach to learning
  • How parents can encourage healthy attitudes to study, to motivation and effort in all endeavours
  • How to develop resilience and positive ways of responding to set backs
  • How to create a healthy self esteem which is not precariously linked to results

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Raising Girls: Body Confidence,eating disorders and self harm

Duration: Train the trainer

Present by Melissa Hood of The Parent Practice and Holli Ruben.

Body confidence, or the lack of it, is a topic with which parents of every girl, and parents of some boys, are rightly concerned. Girls are obsessed with the thin ideal. They develop anxiety at an early age in their attempts to achieve the unattainable and research tells us that his anxiety impacts on their engagement with life. In this workshop we explore the effect of the media on body image and look at other causes for appearance dissatisfaction. We look at ways that parents can teach their girls that their value has to do with so much more than just their appearance. In this workshop we teach practical and effective strategies for fostering strong self-esteem and a positive body image.

 

Self- harm has always been a very scary topic, one which tended to not be discussed very often. Self-harming is a physical expression of emotional distress.  It is some young people’s way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional difficulties. There are many different ways one can hurt oneself including cutting, drinking to excess and taking drugs, and less obvious ones like overworking and over-exercising. And there are multiple reasons why people self-harm.

 

Unfortunately, self-harming is now becoming headlined more frequently, not because it is any less scary but because it is increasingly common.  It is thought that 10% of young people may try and hurt themselves on purpose.  To support our children we parents need to be aware of  what self-harm is about, what is considered self-harming, how it happens and ultimately why we are seeing more of our teenagers partaking in it.  Mostly we need to know what we can do about it.

 

Eating disorders are a very common form of self –harm. Eating disorders are serious medical problems and not just problems with food. They usually occur in adolescence but can persist into adulthood and tend to affect females more than males although boys are being affected more and more.  In the UK 1.6 million people have an eating disorder.

Body image issues affect us all to a lesser or greater extent but when these are turning into eating disorders we need to know what to do and where to turn for help. 

 

This talk covers:

- what are the concerns around body confidence, self-harming and eating disorders?
- the definition and the indicators of self-harming and eating disorders and distinction between eating disorders and ‘dieting’

- how does disordered thinking around body image arise?
- what parents can do to encourage girls to have a more positive body image and to prevent self-harming and eating disorders arising
- how to support a young person who is suffering themselves or is part of a group who is experiencing self-harm
- when to seek professional help

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Saving our Children from Entitlement, presented by Bonnie Harris

Duration: Train the trainer

We want to raise out children to be respectful, responsible and capable of managing life's blows. But we seem to raise children who are disrepectful, irresponsible and who expect others to handle their blows for them. How did we get here and what can we do to turn it around?

This workshop will explore what we can do to raise resilient children capable of solving their own problems and surviving better than well in this age of over-indulgence

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Surviving the Festive Season: family life skills to cope with conflict and consumerism

Duration: Train the trainer

'Tis the season to be jolly’ but for many families the holiday season can bring with it untold stress and can be a hotbed of resentments waiting to happen. The one decision of where to spend Christmas day can alone be overwhelming and together with ‘Pester Power’ these can often be huge challenges for parents even before the actual day arrives.

Bringing up children in a materialistic world is a key issue today. We want our children to be appreciative and value their possessions; we know they have so much yet it is difficult not to spoil them at times, especially in the face of relentless advertising. Many working parents report that they fall into the ‘working parent guilt trap’ and find themselves over-indulging their kids.

This talk explores some seasonal top tips for ensuring families set up for success. Instead of trouble-shooting and being reactive, a few proactive steps ahead of time will ensure you will weather any festive family snowstorm. Knowing how to communicate effectively with family members is the key skill that will ensure healthy ways of dealing with any conflict.

We also examine how to strike the balance between rewarding your children and not over-indulging them so they are appreciative of their gifts.

This talk covers these questions:

- How can I be proactive and ensure a successful holiday season for the family?
- How do I minimise conflict between family members?
- At what point does buying things for our children become a problem?
- Why are we inclined to do it?
- What values do we want our children to have?

And these solutions:
- Healthy ways for minimising conflict between family members
- How to manage children’s expectations
- How to get them to be more appreciative
- How to reduce and manage the pestering and whingeing

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Private Consultations

An important part of our course programme is the Private Consultations we offer for parents.  Private Consultations are for parents who want to talk to a facilitator in a one-to-one environment rather than or as well as joining a course with other parents.  Some parents come to a private consultation alone and some parents come with their partner.  Private Consultations are often booked by parents who want help with specific ‘hot spot’ areas where an experienced facilitator can immediately assist the parent.   Read more about our facilitators here.

What we do

Our Private Consultations enable you to work through parenting issues with an experienced Parent Practice facilitator who will prepare you to handle the issues in a positive and constructive way.   After the session you will receive a written action plan to tackle the area of concern.  

Where and when

Consultations are available at any of our centres at a time convenient to you.  We often see parents in the mornings and the evenings.

A single consultation may be sufficient to work through the issue.  If a single session is not sufficient, you can book a series of 3 or 6 consultations.  You will receive a discount when you book 3 or 6 sessions. 

Telephone and Skype

For parents who prefer to be supported by telephone and/or Skype or parents who cannot visit one of our centres, please complete the booking form and we will arrange a telephone and/or Skype session with you. 

Booking Private Consultations

To book a private consultation please complete the booking form and we will contact you to make the arrangements.

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Moving on to take a Course

Some parents who have taken a Private Consultation or a series of Private Consultations with the Parent Practice feel they want to then join a course with other parents. Parenting Skills Courses are offered in other areas around the UK and Internationally by approved licensees of The Parent Practice using The Parent Practice methodology.    

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Phone: 0208 673 3444

Email: team@theparentpractice.com