The Family Resource Centre (FRC) concluded its series of sessions surrounding the education of Triple P Parenting workshops with positive feedback from those in attendance. The sessions were held at the Sturgis Community Complex over the months of October and November with Stephanie Lockhart from Society for Involvement of Good Neighbours (SIGN) as the facilitator.
The Triple P (Parenting) Discussion Group Series includes parent discussion groups on commonly encountered problems such as disobedience, fighting and aggression, and managing situations such as shopping with children and bedtime. The discussion groups are designed to provide an overview of the positive parenting principles for any interested parent. Parents are actively involved throughout the two-hour small group format discussions and cover dealing with disobedience,developing good bedtime routines, managing fighting and aggression and hassle-free shopping with children.
Parents or caregivers may have a specific concern about their child’s behaviour. They are most likely to benefit when their concerns are around a relatively discreet, mild to moderate behavioural issue and when parents can independently implement parenting plans that are generated during each session. They are also encouraged to apply new parenting skills to other problems that may arise.
"We had a good turnout of parents that attended each session," said Karolyn Kosheluk, FRC coordinator. " There was lots of good discussion in the group. Everyone enjoyed listening to the ideas presented and were looking forward to implementing them at home with their children. We talked about the causes of the misbehaviour and parent traps, which are mistakes we all tend to make. Parents are encouraged to actually track the behaviour to help determine what is causing it and to see how often it is occurring. Triple P uses a quiet time option before going to a time out, and many parents thought that was worth trying," she concluded.