Accredited by Glasgow Kelvin College, Parenting Matters is a 16 hour course (usually delivered over 8 weeks) for those who are in a parenting role.  It aims to build the participants' confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to appreciate and develop their own style of parenting.  It encourages parents to find time to care for themselves so they can better care for others, and to share and identify tools that they could use when parenting.

Download our 3 stage model

PARENTING MATTERS COURSE OUTLINE

SESSION 1      INTRODUCTIONS AND BRINGING THE GROUP TOGETHER

  • Introductions / Expectations of the course
  • Developing self compassion
  • Introduce journal
  • Diversity in families/Celebrating differences
  • Nurturing time

SESSION 2      EMOTIONAL FLOODING, ACKNOWLEDGE PRESSURES AND INTRODUCE PACT

  • Repeat introductions (if necessary for new participants)
  • Emotional flooding and the impact on parenting
  • Pressures on parents/carers
  • Developing self compassion
  • PACT (Parent, Adult, Child, Tools)

SESSION 3      POSITIVE COMMUNICATION & HELPFUL ATTITUDES

  • Revisiting emotional flooding and the impact on our children
  • The power of language
  • Silent listening
  • Revisit PACT

SESSION 4      NEEDS, FEELINGS AND BEHAVIOUR

  • Introduction to the 'Needs Iceberg'
  • Demonstrate understanding of linking feelings, needs and behaviour
  • Connecting PACT model to identifying feelings, needs and behaviour
  • The impact of labels
  • Exploring/acknowledging feelings
  • Active/reflective listening

SESSION 5      IDENTIFY NEEDS AND PROBLEM OWNERSHIP?

  • Exploring needs
  • Whose problem is it?
  • Negotiation Model
  • Developing listening as a skill

SESSION 6      BOUNDARIES & ASSERTIVENESS

  • Highlight the different ages and stages of children
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Parents'/Carers' rights and childrens' rights
  • Explore behaviour types and parenting styles
  • 5 steps to assertive communication

SESSION 7      CREATING POSITIVE CONNECTIONS

  • Emotional intelligence and emotional coaching model
  • Awareness of emotions
  • Emotion coaching – supporting our children with their feelings
  • Coping with stress and staying positive
  • Practice the tools from the course

SESSION 8      LOOKING BACK AND MOVING FORWARD

  • Review and evaluate the course and individual learning
  • Appreciate each parent/carer and their contribution
  • Help parents/carers recognise the importance of ongoing support
  • Celebrate and say goodbye