Parenting Programs

Whilst all parents will tell you that the little people in their lives are the most wondrous things they have ever created, most will also admit that parenting is not the easiest thing to do in the world. The truth is, for all the amazing, wonderful and joyful moments our children bring to our lives, there are also many days that are filled with frustration and desperation as we navigate our way through the highs and lows of parenting smaller individuals.

And whilst there has never been a definitive manual for parenting that we are given on their arrival (oh, how wonderful that would be!), there has been a lot of research and study done on the subject over the years with the results giving way to parenting programs designed to assist with parenting skills. Ultimately, how you parent your child is based on your own upbringing, culture and beliefs, but doing some research into methods and practices that may help curb your child’s behaviour or enable you to understand how their mind works and react to our actions more can sometimes make a huge difference to the environment you create for them.

Below are some of the different parenting programs that are available in Brisbane.

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

The Triple P Positive Parenting Program is an extremely popular program and, under the Queensland Government initiative, some providers offer Triple P free if you live in Queensland.  You can do the course online if time is an issue or can find and attend a session in your local area.

Triple P is an educational program designed to assist parents/ carers to positively respond and manage challenging behaviour in children.

Age Recommendation: Parents/ carers of children aged 0 – 16 years

1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching

1-2-3 Magic is a behaviour management program which aims at teaching parents and guardians simple, precise and effective ways to manage their child or children.  Based on the bestselling book by psychologist Dr. Thomas Phelan, 1-2-3 Magic helps you create a loving, supportive family atmosphere through the following principles:

  • Parents are in charge
  • No arguing
  • No yelling
  • No spanking

The Talk Less Listen More parenting course, based on the 1-2-3 method, is an online parenting course.

Parents/ carers of children aged 2 – 12 years

Bringing Up Great Kids

The Bringing Up Great Kids program has been evaluated and found to be an effective parenting program in supporting the development of mindful and positive relationships between parents/carers and children.  It uses mindfulness strategies to assist parents in examining and improving their communication skills and promote positive interactions with their children.

Parents or carers of children aged 0 – 12 years

Circle of Security

The Circle of Security parenting program is based on decades of research about how to strengthen and support secure parent-child relationships.  The program aims to assist parents to provide their children with the emotional support needed to develop a secure attachment, resilience and enhanced school readiness.

Parents or carers of children aged 0 – 12 years

Parenting Young Babies Group

Information sessions to help new parents to adjust to parenthood, explore sleep strategies, introduce solids, and provide advice on growth and development.

The Benevolent Society: Early Years Centre Cnr Wineglass & Middle Rd Browns Plains. Ph: 3386 9000

Parents/ carers of children aged 0 – 6 months

What Were We Thinking! Parenting Program

What Were We Thinking! (WWWT) is an innovative program for mothers and fathers having their first baby. Many parents will have attended childbirth education classes during pregnancy to help prepare for the birth, however parents also have much to learn after the baby arrives.  This program aims to supports first-time parents by extending their knowledge and skills in managing their infant’s needs.

Parents/carers of infants 0 – 6 months

Heart Ties

Designed to build strong connections between adults and children and between parents.

Mercy Community Services: The Family Unit, 15 Helen St Hillcrest Ph: 07 2101 2668

Families with children aged 0-18yrs

Nurtured Heart Approach

An effective approach to parenting intense or challenging children/teens.

Kyabra Community Association: Kyabra St Runcorn. Ph: 3373 9499

Parents/carers of children aged 0 – 18yrs

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