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Friday, December 9, 2016
Westminster course helps parents enjoy their children
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¬†Sam is an energetic three year old whose mother used to describe him as being very naughty and rude. As a way of trying to cope, she attended a parenting course near to her home. She said, "It changed my life. I now know that it's not actually my son being naughty ≠ it has more to do with how I respond to him that fuels his bad behaviour". Having successfully completed the course she has been able to use the strategies and develop a much closer relationship with her son. St Margaret's Family Centre of the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster) has been successfully running the Webster Stratton Parenting Course for the past two years, in conjunction with other agencies and demand is increasing. Janice Thompson, Centre Co-ordinator and Facilitator of the course explains that "with the high pressures of life, more parents are feeling overwhelmed with the role of bringing up children. The Incredible Years Parenting Course takes on board this and gives parents the strategies and support to develop their parenting skills and enjoy their children." The sessions follow a curriculum and involve participants in role plays, watching video clips and discussions on key topics. This includes actively putting in to practice what is covered in the sessions ≠ there is also homework. A book accompanies the course and has relevant readings for parents to cover in line with the sessions. Janice said: "We know how important these sessions are to our participants so ensuring the quality of the course is vital. All sessions are videoed to make sure facilitators are delivering programmes properly and that participants are in tune with what is being said." This course is in high demand and further courses are being considered. For more information visit the St Margaret's pages on the Catholic Children's Society website: http://www.cathchild.org.uk
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