Every parent aspires to bring up great kids. This program is here to help you do just that.
The Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) program aims to support parents to review and change their patterns of interacting with their children which promotes more respectful interactions and encourages children’s positive self-identity. BUGK aims to identify and address the sources of unhelpful or hurtful attitudes held by parents. BUGK also works to establish a new relationship context for children and their parents through facilitating opportunities for positive exchanges.
The program centres on building positive relationships and interactions between parents and children. It works from a child-centred perspective and aims to resource parents to:
• Identify and evaluate the source of their parenting approach and philosophy
• Develop an increased understanding of the ‘messages’ that they communicate to their children through their behaviours, acts and attitudes
• Increase their ability to understand and acknowledge the impact of these messages on their child
• Develop skills in identifying and managing their stress associated with parenting.
Key themes of the approach are:
• All behaviour and interactions have meaning attached to it;
• The meaning parents attach to behaviours and interactions is determined by how they have come to see their world;
• These messages are conveyed via their content and manner of delivery; and
• It is critical to both understand what drives the message given as well as what determines the meaning for the message receiver.
The theoretical underpinnings of the ‘messages’ approach derive from a neurobiological child-centred perspective of trauma and attachment, addressed by using narrative and solution-focused therapy.
Registrations are essential as places are limited. This course is held several times a year and is aimed at vulnerable or at-risk families.
Age group: families with children 0-12 years.