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Mums and dads in Brighton and Hove offered parenting ‘tip sheets’
7:00am Sunday 13th January 2013 in News
Parents are being offered “tip sheets” on how to deal with their difficult children.
The move is part of a project aimed at teaching mums and dads in Brighton and Hove how to be good parents.
Topics can include dealing with temper tantrums and handling rudeness and disrespect.
Help is also given on balancing work and home and raising competent and confident teens.
Around 1,500 parents in the city have already taken part in the Positive Parenting Programme so far, which is now being expanded.
The eight-week course, also known as Triple P, helps families develop their own approach rather than being told how to parent.
Brighton and Hove City Council’s children’s services, housing and schools teams have been working with public health teams to promote the scheme.
A similar approach is in place in Glasgow and in other cities in the US, Holland and Canada.
The move is part of a drive to engage parents and the public in a debate about parenting and finding out in what areas they are confident and where they struggle.
Some parents were referred or encouraged to attend the course by health visitors, GPs, teachers, early years visitors and youth and social workers while others booked themselves a place.
Out of those who have taken part in the scheme so far, 74% saw improved behaviour, 52% said it reduced anxiety and 97% found it eased stress.
A wider range of help is now being offered, including discussion groups and talks to ensure more families can benefit from it.
Sue Shanks, the chairwoman of the children and young people committee, said: “All parents struggle with their children’s behaviour from time to time and having the right support at the right time makes a big difference.
“Triple P means better outcomes for children, fewer children entering the care system, reduced mental health issues in parents and fewer days off sick.”
The council is to host a debate to gather the city’s views on parenting in the community and the support needed.
A campaign will also be run to raise awareness among parents.
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