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Supporting parents and caregivers: There's a parenting program for that

Michelle VanCleave
by Michelle VanCleave10/01/2019 3:24 p.m.
Updated: 10/01/2019

It’s a cool fall afternoon. You’re getting ready for a trip to the grocery store. You ask your 5-year-old to put his shoes on. After a few minutes, he’s still on the floor playing with his toys. You’re patient. You ask him, “where are your shoes?” He’s visibly agitated—maybe on the edge of a meltdown. You remind him he needs shoes on his feet to go to the grocery store. You bribe him with candy. When he still refuses, you’re less patient.

If you’re a parent or caregiver, you’ve likely experienced what comes next. But no matter your experiences, you can be positive for your children—and Family Support Partnership wants to help.

Positive relationships

The Positive Parenting Program—or Triple P—is a great way to learn new tips and get advice to build positive relationships with your children. Positive relationships are powerful, protective and healing forces in a child's life. Positive relationships will promote health and wellbeing for the rest of their lives.

Available in home, online, or in support group settings, you can learn positive parenting for children ages 0-12 years. Interested? Submit a referral today to learn practical strategies to help you:

  • Strengthen family relationships.
  • Teach your child better coping skills and encourage positive behavior.
  • Improve how you handle disruptive or challenging behavior.
  • Take care of yourself.

Children with Dad

Leading parenting intervention

With its highly researched evidence-based approach, Triple P is one of the leading parenting interventions in the world, according to the United Nations.

Triple P is part of the Health Department’s overall strategy to help children, families and communities thrive. Assessment results in the 2018 Violence Prevention Report show our work with families leads to improved physical and emotional health:

  • 100% of children assessed met developmental milestones.
  • 96% of graduates from the evidence-based program improved their relationship with their children during services.
  • 92% of parents improved their mental health.

Life-changing results

Through Triple P, families learn parenting skills to make a difference in the lives of their children—now and for years to come. One participant said, "The kids are more confident and trusting, feel more secure, have learned how to express their needs better, and everyone is happier and healthier because of it!"

  1. Updated: 10/02/2019
Michelle VanCleave

by Michelle VanCleave

Michelle shares public health stories about strong families and communities.

 

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