Family and Parenting Support This Summer

RMBC Early Help

Summer 2019 Parenting Programme

Discussion Groups

Who is it for?

Parents or caregivers with 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 2-hour group discussion.


What is covered in sessions with parents?

0 – 12 Discussion Groups:

 Dealing with disobedience. This discussion topic provides examples of common forms of disobedience and some reasons why children have difficulty learning to follow instructions. A number of positive parenting strategies are then introduced to help parents develop a personal plan to prevent disobedience, teach their child limits, and also to manage disobedience when necessary.


Hassle-free shopping/outings with children. This discussion topic uses shopping trips as an example of one of the most common times parents have to deal with difficult behaviour in public. Positive parenting strategies are discussed as step-by-step suggestions for preventing problems and teaching children how to behave on trips.  Parents develop individualised plans to manage problem behaviour during their own outings and are encouraged to transfer new parenting strategies to other potentially difficult community situations.


Teen Discussion Groups:

Building Teenagers’ Survival Skills. This discussion topic explores why teenagers sometimes make risky decisions and how they can learn to keep themselves safe while gradually developing independence. Parents are introduced to positive parenting strategies to help their teen plan for a situation which may potentially put their health or wellbeing at risk.


Reducing Family Conflict. During this discussion, parents share some of their experiences of conflict with their teenager and discuss why sometimes this occurs in families. Several positive parenting strategies are introduced to help parents teach their teens how to get along with other family members and resolve problems. Ways to manage times when conflict affects the whole family are also discussed.