Why do a Practical Parenting Skill course?

Reasons why Parents/Carers do a Practical Parenting Skills:


  • A new baby arrives – the family dynamic changes and they want to manage that in the best way possible.
  • Demands of a growing family alongside the need to work means there is less time and energy for everyone – parents need to be able to identify their needs and how to meet them (so they don’t burn out) and sharper communication skills mean ‘quality time’ rather than ‘quantity time’.
  • Discipline strategies fail, or are too hard to ‘police’ – Practical Parenting Skills relies on the relationship, not reward or punishments.   The case against punishment and reward.   Children can ask you to help them with sticking to targets they have chosen/agreed to; they can also ask you to provide motivators (rewards).  They ask you to help them ‘police’ themselves.  This is self regulation.
  • Toddlers find it difficult to express how they feel, get very frustrated and end up being overwhelmed – when small children experience great developmental changes, active listening will help them explore, manage and regulate their emotions. They will begin to know how to name their feelings, which means you can support them before the emotional flood hits.
  • The competing needs of everyone bring the family to breaking point – Practical Parenting Skills offers a straightforward method, where everyone can participate and find a solution that is win/win. By leading the way, Parents model functional communication skills, which will help their child manage conflict outside the home as well.
  • Pre-teens and teenagers begin their process of detachment – withdrawal and/or constant ‘fighting against’ puts further strain on the relationship, at exactly the time it needs to be strong:
    • Through being able to identify problems, needs and solutions, young people feel less threatened and more resilient. This will mean they are less likely to engage in self-destructive behaviours, bullying and truancy.
    • Self-awareness and social skills help them to find their potential: they will know their own voice. They will be confident about trying new things, more self-assured and able to contribute.
    • Values can be influenced, theirs and their parents. Both can accept each other as having different values, because they are different people; and one of them might decide to change their values, as a result of increased understanding
    • Creative problem solving will improve skills in critical thinking, empathy and tolerance for different world views. Social awareness will encourage them to change for others (because they want to).  They will transition between primary/secondary school and school/further education or work, with increased emotional intelligence competences: perseverance, self-control, skills in getting along with others, flexibility and optimism.
  • Adopted/fostered children – welcoming children will require careful listening and strong boundaries to help them settle into your home and family. This approach, used consistently, will help children feel safe in their new environment.
  • Grandparents wanting to be more involved in family life/stepping into a child-caring role – the values and pressures of life today are very different to those of 50 years ago. The parenting skills that might have worked then may not work now.  To avoid friction and provide a consistency of care in the family, grandparents choose to skill up with us.  The subsequent improvement in the relationship with their grandchildren can be very enriching.
  • Child minders – part of their Continuing Professional Development; and an effective way of communicating to children of all ages in their care.
  • Divorce or separation – Active listening helps children through the aftermath of a divorce or separation. Knowing how to use the win/win conflict resolution method with all the family, makes access arrangements easier, as well as having consistent parenting approach for the children in both homes.
  • Court – doing this course shows the Courts that you are equipping yourself with effective parenting skills.

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