November 16, January 25, April 12, June 23
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.
November 30, February 25, April 26
In this session, parents are encouraged to share their experiences of aggressive and destructive behavior from their children and discuss some of the reasons children fight. This group covers the skills that children need to be able to cooperate and get along with others. Parents learn how to teach skills such as sharing, communicating, and being gentle. They also prepare plans to manage times when fighting and aggression do occur.
December 28, March 8, May 24
This discussion topic explores different problems parents commonly face at bedtime and some of the reasons why they happen. The skills children need to get into a good bedtime routine are discussed and parents are introduced to positive parenting strategies to help prevent problems. The approaches to encouraging children to stay in their own bed throughout the night are discussed: the gentle, the gradual, and the direct approach. All approaches are evidence-based and parents choose which approach suits them best.
December 14, February 22, May 10
This discussion topic uses shopping trips as an example of one of the most common times parents have to deal with difficult behavior in public. Positive parenting strategies are discussed as step-by-step suggestions for preventing problems and teaching children how to behave on shopping trips. Parents develop individualized plans to manage problem behavior during their own shopping trips and are encouraged to transfer new parenting strategies to other potentially difficult community situations.
January 11, March 22, June 14
This discussion topic explores things that influence children’s mealtime behavior, setting limits and teaching children good mealtime habits. Parents will look at ways to increase food variety, be introduced to some positive parenting strategies to help manage mealtimes and develop a personal plan for their family’s mealtimes.