We can only improve when we are aware of and acknowledge that something needs attention. That something might be to enhance our life positively by making changes to our psychological and/or physical habits. Making any sort of changes to what we have always done is bound to take time, effort and a lot of practice. This is where a supportive environment can be helpful. And knowing that there are others going through similar experiences can be empowering for families.
“A great ‘family’ course. Doing it together puts us all on the same page as to how to ‘do’ and we learnt together. We have a lot of work ahead of us but I feel we have learnt good strategies to model as parents and support each other to be resilient. Not always easy as lots of changes to make and a life long journey but we have skills to help us all.”
Family of 3, Palmyra
Addressing common childhood challenges
We get that parenting can be stressful at times so we support mums, dads and caregivers by delivering a Parenting Strategies Workshop. Two parents or caregivers are invited to attend the Parenting Strategies Workshop to support their child attending Fun FRIENDS or FRIENDS for Life.
Parents and caregivers gain a lot from the Parenting Strategies Workshop which focusing on many common and often stressful childhood challenges. The workshop is ‘adults only’, allowing parents and caregivers to relax and not be distracted by children. If a second parent or caregiver cannot attend due to work or unchangeable commitments, we welcome the presence of another caregiver directly related to the child. For instance, this could be a grandparent, aunt or uncle. Please contact us if you require additional seats for more than two parents or caregivers.
Ask questions and receive feedback
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to ask any questions and clarify and particular issues of concern. Sometimes this is easier done without your child present. Parents and caregivers will be given comprehensive information about the strategies and skills being learnt by the children in order to gain a better understanding of the content of Fun FRIENDS and FRIENDS for Life.
Learn to build resilience in the family
In addition to the strategies and skills taught to your child in Fun FRIENDS or FRIENDS for Life, parents and caregivers can learn how to build resilience in the family. We cover topics including but not limited to:
- Common childhood difficulties and developmental readiness
- Traditional parenting strategies eg. withdrawal of privileges, family time out and planned ignoring
- Preventative strategies for behaviour management eg. modelling positive behaviours and descriptive praise
- Mindfulness and awareness
- Self-care, relaxation and quiet time
- Routines, cohesion and consistency
- Risk and protective factors for healthy emotional development
- Parental happiness, health and wellbeing
The FRIENDS Resilience Programs are a set of Programs which aim to prevent anxiety and depression across the lifespan. The FRIENDS Resilience Programs for children are delivered by psychologists trained by Resilience Kit when run in parallel with the Parenting Strategies and Adult Resilience Program for parents and caregivers.
Fun FRIENDS | Ages 4 – 7
FRIENDS for Life | Ages 8 – 11
My FRIENDS Youth | Ages 12 – 15