New mum Jo Clarke, of Iluka, thinks that all parents couldbenefit from parenting classes.
New mum Jo Clarke, of Iluka, thinks that all parents couldbenefit from parenting classes. CATHY ADAMS

Help on hand to be effective parents

HELP for anyone who has children will be at hand when Southern Cross University’s psychology department runs the second round of the parenting program 1-2-3 Magic.

PhD student Erin Bailey, who ran last year’s course, said the results of the program were so positive they decided to run it again.

The course will be run as part of a study to see how well the program equips parents with the right stuff to parent effectively.

Ms Bailey said parents who attended last year reported positive changes in their children’s behaviour six weeks after doing the course.

This time the university will follow-up parents for longer after completing the course.

“We want to know if the results are still there beyond six weeks,” Ms Bailey said.

The university is looking for 200 parents with children aged between six and 12 years to participate in the course.

1-2-3 Magic will give parents the skills to deal with obnoxious behaviour in children; encourage positive behaviour, and enhance the child-parent relationship, Ms Bailey said.

The techniques are easy to learn.

“We want parents, grandparents and step-parents,” Ms Bailey said.

Participants will need to be available for follow-ups after the two-day course at two, four, six and 12 months.

New mum Jo Clarke, of Iluka, thinks parenting courses should be mandatory for all first-time parents.

“There is so much emphasis on pregnancy and prenatal care, but you are not equipped for parenting the first time,” Ms Clarke said.

She found it frustrating that there was so little support available.

Sessions will be held in Lismore in May.

Anyone interested in receiving information about the program can contact Ms Bailey on 6659 3385.


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