The school holidays are now over and that means that a free, internationally acclaimed positive parenting programme is back on the curriculum for families throughout Glasgow.
The Triple P Positive Parenting Programme is being offered by both NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council to families with children aged between birth and 16 years.
Now hundreds of parents will be able to attend one of a series of Triple P public seminars being held throughout the city to introduce parents to the five steps that are key to creating a happier home, happier children and happier parents.
The 90-minute seminars kick off at the end of August and continue until December. Each seminar helps parents understand why children behave the way they do and how to bring out the best in kids. They also include simple suggestions for managing problem behaviours and avoiding the traps that can encourage misbehaviour.
This programme of local seminars will tell parents what hundreds throughout the city already know, that Triple P can help with the big and small problems that are part of family life.
One parent who has benefitted from the programme is full-time, single dad Greg Colligan who looks after his two youngest children Bethany (3), Nathan (2) and Anthony (16).
Greg knew he needed some extra help following a Christmas when the youngsters “ran riot.”
He was referred to Triple P after approaching the head of the nursery department near his home in the Gorbals:
“It was really informal. We talked through the problems and were all encouraged to produce individual parenting plans for our own situations.
“It was all really positive and non-judgmental.”
And a few small changes made a big difference at home: “Instead of raising our voices and getting upset I gave them a couple of minutes on their own to think about things,” said Greg.
“Every single time they come back and say ‘I’m sorry’ and we all have a cuddle.”
As well as locally held seminars the programme works with parents through group sessions or on a one-to-one basis.
Health Visitor Lynn Kendall is one of many trained health practitioners who are already sharing Triple P with Glasgow parents.
Lynn said: “It’s like dipping into a tool box for parents. Families are all different and they choose what suits them.
“At the end of it you can see the success. It’s the look on the parents’ faces when it works and it does when parents commit to it.”
According to Dr Linda de Caestecker, Glasgow’s Director of Public Health, Triple P is an investment in the city’s future:
“Over time we hope to see that by reducing the prevalence of behavioural problems in children that they’ll do better at school, and improve their attainment and employability, leading making them to become well-functioning adults in the future.”
Parents can sign up for any of the free Power of Positive Parenting seminars by contacting 0800 027 7264 and details of dates and locations and further information about the programme can be found at www.triplep-staypositive.net.
For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]