The Parenting Children Course

What is The Parenting Children Course?

The Parenting Children Course was developed in 1990 by Nicky and Sila Lee (authors of The Parenting Book) for parents and care-givers looking for practical support to strengthen their family relationships.

There are five sessions, that can be run in 5 weeks or broken into 10 weeks, the course will help you to:

  • Build strong foundations
  • Meet your children's needs
  • Set clear boundaries
  • Teach healthy relationships
  • Consider your long term aim

Who is it for?

The Parenting Children Course is for parents, step-parents, prospective parents or carers of children aged 0-10 years. 

The course is for every type of parenting situation including parenting on your own, step-parenting and parenting as a couple.

The Parenting Children Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background. 

What can I expect?

On The Parenting Children Course, you are seated in small groups based on the age of your oldest child so that you can meet other parents and carers with children of a similar age.

Each session begins with something to eat and/or drink, giving you space to relax and chat to other parents or carers followed by a practical talk and a time for discussion in groups. 

The talk is given live or on DVD and includes street interview, filmed clips of parents and children sharing their own experiences and advice from parenting experts. 

The five sessions

Session 2.

Meeting Our Children's Needs
The five love languages and unconditional love.

Session 1.

Building Strong Foundations
What a family is for

Session 4.

Teaching Healthy Relationships
How to build and model healthy relationships 

Session 3. 

Setting Boundaries
Establishing healthy boundaries, and comparing parenting styles

Session 5.

Our Long-Term Aim
Training for healthy independence

How can I continue to invest in my family?

After the course, parents and carers continue to put into practice what they've learned to help keep their family strong and healthy.  
Here are some of the things we suggest to support continued investment in your relationships:  

Further reading

Learn more about parenting and relationships with Nicky and Sila’s recommended reading:

  • The Parenting Book by Nicky and Sila Lee

  • The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

  • The Sixty Minute Family by Rob Parsons

For more titles and information:

 > Download Reading List [PDF]

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