“It’s not what you do for your kids that ultimately matters in their lives. It’s what you teach them to do for themselves” – Unknown
Geared at parents with children up to the age of 12.
The Smartkdz workshop consists of 2×3-4 hour sessions. After the first session parents will have all the “tools” needed to implement the programme. At the conclusion of the workshop parents will have a clearer understanding of how to stay empowered while at the same time empowering their child. They will be given practical skills which are easy to implement and which enables the child to own their own problem. Parents are shown how to stay in control and as a result the house calms down, children become more cooperative and more responsible.
The second session takes place not less that 2 weeks after the first. This is a feedback Q & A and reinforcing session.
For parents with teenage children. The SmartTeenz programme includes an extra session for both the teens and their parents.
The workshop for parents with teenagers is virtually the same as that for younger children but here they are given insight into how to parent teenagers. There is also a second session where I mediate between the parents and their teens. During this session rules, structures, chores and pocket money are negotiated. If the teen is not happy with any of the proposals I allow them to give reasons for their unhappiness and am quite happy to hear any counter-proposals. I make it clear to the family that I do not takes sides and that everyone will have a chance to have a say and be heard. Teenagers enjoy this session as they are told that mom and dad will not be nagging and shouting anymore but that they’re going to be given more responsibility as well as the freedom to make more choices. However they are made to understand the consequences of their bad choices.
During the 1st workshop session parents are informed as to the dangers of all the latest technology that is mesmerising and addicting our modern youth. They will be shown how to implement times and boundaries for the use of cell phones, computer games, Play Stations etc.
In the SmartChoice Parenting workshops, parents are shown how to increase positive interactions with their children. Feedback from participants show quite dramatic improvements in their children’s attitude and behaviour, their own parenting skills, as well as an improvement in children’s social skills and school adjustment.
Parenting Decoded is the only parenting programme that has success in eliminating extreme behaviour disorders.
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