Triple P Discussion Groups include a selection of small group format presentations on specific topics for parents. Topics cover commonly encountered problems outlined below. The discussion groups are designed to provide an overview and introduction to the principles of positive parenting for any interested parent. Parents learn how to use positive parenting to encourage children to learn the skills and competencies they need, and to promote their health, development and well-being. Discussion groups are the least intensive form of parent coaching.
Topic 1: Dealing with disobedience.
This discussion 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.
Topic 2: Managing fighting and aggression.
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.
Topic 3: Developing good bedtime routines.
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.
Topic 4: Hassle-free shopping with children.
This discussion 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.
Teen Discussion Groups
Topic 1: Getting Teenagers to Cooperate.
During this discussion, parents share some of their experiences and ideas about dealing with non-cooperation and discuss reasons why teenagers can be uncooperative. Several positive parenting strategies are introduced to help parents develop a plan to motivate their teenager to be cooperative at home.
Topic 2: Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions.
In this session, parents discuss some of the reasons teenagers have emotional reactions and the skills that teens need to calm themselves down. Several positive parenting strategies are introduced to help parents teach their teen to better manage their emotions.
Topic 3: Building Teenagers’ Survival Skills.
This discussion topic explores why teenagers sometimes make risky decisions and how they can learn to keep themselves safe while gradually developing independence. Parents are introduced to positive parenting strategies to help their teen plan for a situation which may potentially put their health or well being at risk.
Topic 4: Reducing Family Conflict.
During this discussion, parents share some of their experiences of conflict
with their teenager and discuss why sometimes this occurs in families. Several positive parenting strategies are
introduced to help parents teach their teens how to get along with other family members and resolve problems.
Ways to manage times when conflict affects the whole family are also discussed.