We are looking forward to meeting more parents in 2016 at our workshops and individual coaching sessions. Take a look at our webpage or drop us an email to find out how we can help you with everyday parenting conundrums or specific problems.
Sarah & Sheena
The Parent Project
How family consultancy or coaching might help you.
When individuals and parents are dealing with difficult experiences, such as relationship breakdown or divorce, it is often hard to take stock and to know how best to help your children – and yourself. Family consultancy or coaching is a way in which you can take time to consider what is happening for you, how the situation might be from your child’s point of view and think about how best to manage a major transition that not only affects each of you and, if you are parents, may profoundly affect your child or children.
Family consultants can help you individually or together with the personal, emotional and practical issues surrounding a separation or divorce (such as gathering information to complete financial disclosure or practical issues relating to accommodation) or when issues arise regarding children and parenting separately. They can also provide links to a range of other professionals who can provide more specific advice and longer term support should you need it.
Family consultants work with you (individually or together) in a range of practical ways to help you and your children manage a difficult family transition. Many parents feel worried or guilty about the effect their own situation is having on their child. These and other emotions common to adults dealing with relationship breakdown or similar situations can prevent you from being able to parent effectively. Forming a new parenting relationship that is enduring and provides continuing security for your child is difficult to do and may feel impossible without some support. It can be reassuring to have some help in tackling how to build that new relationship and to reassure your child that you remain their parent even though family life will be arranged differently.
Having information that helps you to know what may help your child most, how to handle the situation you are dealing with and ways to be able to deal with what needs to happen practically and financially may help you all feel more confident with your situation. The faster you can re-build your confidence, the quicker you will be able to build your new family relationship in a way that will benefit each and both or you, your child or children.
Family Consultants work with individuals, former partners or parents and with other professionals – including solicitors, and sometimes directly with children. Most often, the information and support they provide for parents’ means that parents can deal with the situation directly, helping the children to understand that, despite what is happening between their parents, family life remains a priority- and that they can rely on their parents to make decisions about, for and with them – just as they have always done.
Family consultancy provides short-term guidance and support through a family transition. Family consultants can provide face-to-face support, support over the phone – or in a combination of ways that can be tailored to individual, joint or family needs.
Sarah de Marcos and Sheena West – Family Consultants (Accredited by Resolution) www.resolution.org.uk
WHO’S IN CHARGE? Well as parents’ we are of course….but are we?
For parents of children aged 2 – 8 years approx.
During this morning workshop you will meet other parents in a safe and relaxing environment. We will be looking at how to encourage appropriate behaviour and how to cope with tantrums, bedtime & homework battles and lots more!
“I have learnt strategies that are simple to use, but have made a big difference to our family – far fewer arguments”
Next date to be confirmed.
- Meet other parents in a safe and welcoming envioronment and have fun!
- Identify factors that may be influencing your child’s behaviour
- Set goals for change in your child’s behaviour
- How to encourage desirable behaviour and set realistic boundaries
- Learn strategies for teaching your child new skills
THE TROUBLE WITH WORRY: How to support children who struggle with anxiety. For parents of any age child.
Some children find that change, uncertainty or progress makes them feel very worried and anxious.
These anxieties can express themselves in many different ways and can sometime leave parents wondering what to do in order to help them. In addition parents can experience their own strong emotions in reaction to their child’s anxiety.
- Provide information about why children become anxious.
- Give some very practical tips and strategies for reducing your child’s level of anxiety.
“This workshop was really helpful to me and I have left feeling so positive. I have learnt lots about myself and how I respond to my child” Mr S
“It was brilliant meeting with other parents and hearing that I was not alone” Mrs A
New date to be announced
9.30 am – 1pm
The Alton Maltings Centre, Avenue Close, Alton, Hampshire
Our 1:1 telephone consultations take place at a time to suit you and provide bespoke support to help you feel empowered and inspired in your parenting.
Telephone coaching enables you to confidentially discuss specific problems with an experienced parent coach, in the comfort of your own home.
We will agree a time to call you, initially we suggest a 1.5 hour session followed by a further 60minute session(s) to allow for specific strategies and goals to be set and monitored.
Our parent coaches will support you throughout the process in a non-judgemental and caring manner. Our aim is to build confidence in parenting and provide reassurance and guidance.
Priced at £60 for 1.5 hour initial consultation.
£45 for further 1 hour consultations.
*Pre-book three sessions for £125
To book or for further information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PARENTS APART: 2 part course for separated parents
New date to be announced
The Community Room, Liphook Infant School, Avenue Close, Liphook GU30 7QE
Cost: £45 for both sessions (includes workbook)
*Concessions for parents attending Liphook, Liss, Greatham, Grayshott & Bordon Schools in East Hampshire.
To book your place or to enquire please contact us at:
This workshop, written by ‘Relate’ will give you information on the divorce/separation process, and how this can affect you and your children. During the course we will look at how you can change things for the better. The workshop is limited to 8 parents which ensures a supportive and welcoming environment. You will receive a copy of the Parents Apart workbook to keep.
- Raise awareness of the effect of separation on the child/children
- Give options and ideas about how to change things for the better by improving communication skills and promoting workable solutions
- Developing strong parent/child relationships after separation
“This workshop has been so helpful in making me aware of how my children may be feeling and how to support them at this difficult time in our lives” Parent
Small group size. There is no requirement to share personal information and you will be assured of a warm welcome and a chance to meet other parents.
THE TWEEN YEARS!
For all parents of pre-teens (suggested from age 8 – 12 years).
Do you have a difficult pre-teen at home? Perhaps you are worried about the years ahead?
We understand that being a parent of a pre-teen can be challenging. It can be a time that they struggle with transitions such as moving schools, wanting to be more independent, not to mention hormones!
Come and meet other parents and learn ways to help you child navigate this time in their lives.
“Meeting with other parents is a fantastic benefit in addition to all the advice on the workshop – thank you”
- Identify factors that play a role in your pre-teens behaviour
- How to improve communication
- Learn how to deal calmly with your pre-teens emotional behaviour
- How to help your pre-teen become independent
You will be assured of a relaxed and welcoming environment, where you won’t be judged and parents are all valued and respected.
We thought we would share some of the great feedback we received from parents that attended yesterday’s workshop, ‘The Trouble with Worry’:
“What helped you most today and what will you try?”
The workshop was really useful with lots of exercises to take way. It helped to normalise anxiety – Thanks!
Some of my Children’s anxieties could be alleviated if I alter my behaviour.
Really useful and some great tools for dealing with little worriers! Thank you
I found the ‘grounding techniques’ and will use them with my son to bring him to the ‘here and now’.
Very interesting morning, thank you! I am aware now of being there but not needing to ‘fix’ things for my child.
I will take away the knowledge that I shouldn’t assume I know what my child is anxious about and sometimes should just listen.
Particularly useful in terms for identifying when anxiety occurs and why..
Such a great morning – really enjoyed meeting other parents and learning new strategies to help both myself and my child. Thank you both
NEXT WORKSHOP DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
For parents of children aged 12 – 16 years
Most parents would agree that the teenage years present challenges for all!
We recognise that parenting a teenager is not only demanding but sometimes isolating.
Come along to this event, meet other parents ‘in the same boat’ and gain some fresh ideas!
Sarah and Sheena will share experience of working with young people throughout their work in schools and own families. You will be assured of a warm and friendly environment without being judged.
- Identify factors that play a role in your teenager’s behaviour
- How to talk to teens so they listen!
- Learn how to remain calm when emotions run high
- How you can help your teenager become more independent
- How to manage risk taking behaviours
Please contact us to register an interest for this workshop – new dates to be published September 2015
Cost: £45 pp – includes tea/coffee
Our new workshop, ‘Big School, Little Steps’ has been written with parents of Year R and Year 1 children in mind.
This two hour workshop gives parents an overview of how to help their child become more independent and understand common behaviours.
During the session we talk about ‘Positive Parenting’ and discuss common ‘Parent Traps’. Parents will have a chance to discuss certain behaviours and become more self-aware. We will give lots of tips and strategies for teaching new skills and behaviours to children and how to manage more problematic behaviours such as tantrums.
If you would like to book this workshop for parents in your school, please contact Sarah & Sheena at: email@example.com