Positive Parenting trials

Trials have started for a programme training child health and development professionals to support people wanting to improve their parenting skills.

Trials are underway for a programme training child health and development professionals to support parents who want to improve their parenting skills.

Health Minister Tony Ryall says “we’re spending nearly $4 million over three years to trial this programme, which is described as one of the world’s most effective parenting programmes.

Four District Health Boards (DHBs) are trialling the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme: MidCentral, Bay of Plenty, Counties-Manukau and Waitemata.

“Research shows that providing parents with information and support reduces parental distress and social and health problems in children.

“This programme doesn’t tell parents how to parent, it gives them practical advice and skills they can use to help them manage the challenges we all face when we’re raising our children.

“Parents often talk to a range of professionals involved in the care of their children, such as GPs and early childhood teachers, about the stresses of parenting or concerns about their child’s behaviour. Once they have completed the Triple P training, these professionals can now offer support and information to parents.

As part of the programme, parents will be able attend free community workshops to discuss common parenting issues or have one-on-one sessions. If additional support is required, they can also be referred to specialist services.

To date, 56 professionals in MidCentral and Bay of Plenty DHB areas have completed the Triple P training. Training in the two other pilot areas will start soon.

Independent evaluation of the programme in Australia found more than 90 per cent of parents who took part are more confident in their parenting, and six months after parents had been part of the programme children were behaving significantly better.

Like many people who don’t have children I thought I knew all I needed to about raising them until I had my own.

My children soon taught me that parenting is a role few of us are fully prepared or trained for and they showed me there were huge gaps in my parenting skills.

I sought advice from family and friends, read books and best of all attended a positive parenting course run by parents centre.

The strategies taught helped not only with the children but with their father too 🙂

I”m not sure if this is the same course being trialled, but if it’s only half as good it will still be well worth the money spent.

9 Responses to Positive Parenting trials

  1. Andrei says:

    Good God – the Government is very good at spending money on BULLSHIT!!!!!!!

    Of course since people began everybody learnt their parenting skills from their parents but big Government types have all but destroyed the family in their lust to gain power and control over people and Government like a necrotic tumor continues to grow.

  2. homepaddock says:

    Andrei – if these courses are similar to the one I took, they have nothing at all to do with power and control. They simply teach you skills to help parents be better at parenting.

  3. Andrei says:

    It is not the Governments job to “teach” people how to be better parents and if past experience is anything to go by the will get it entirely wrong.

  4. homepaddock says:

    The government isn’t doing the teaching, it’s funding DHB’s to pay professionals to do the teaching.

  5. Andrei says:

    Who’s paying again? It wouldn’t be the Taxpayer would it?.

    And who is sanctifying the course materials and teachers?

  6. Andrei says:

    I’ll tell how this works Ele – an upper middle class, middle aged woman has found an angle to slurp at the taxpayer teat by running positive parenting course. She has got buy in from cronies in the DHB for her scheme and the Minister has signed it off.

    Earnest young middle class couples will attend her courses mostly to socialize with other earnest young middle class couples.

    They will all have a jolly time – meanwhile back in the real world of 21st century New Zealand the dysfunctional will continue to murder and maim their young as ever.

  7. Gravedodger says:

    There is a chasm of ignorance in the knowledge base of many parents who find themselves in possession of a child so an initiative such as this is sorely needed but sadly it probably will not reach those in greatest need of it.
    To expect parental guidance from those inhabiting the ‘chasm is a vain hope as dysfunction is intergenerational.

  8. TraceyS says:

    I’ve seen all sorts of parents at Playcentre and by being a parent with kids going to a low-decile school. In my opinion, some of the worst parents are the “young middle class” ones, although I’m not sure i’d call parents in their mid-late 30’s (and older) “young”. They don’t often harm their kids in a physical way, but there are lots of other ways that parenting can be deficient. There are some great parents who exist at the bottom of the heap. Some of them could teach the so-called middle-class a thing or to, especially about love, independence, friendship, and being yourself. I am forever greateful to my own non-middle-class parents for neglecting me somewhat, but also letting me make my own way even though it was hard and I made some errors. Many middle-class parents are so hell-bent on designing their kids’ perfect lives. It’s just not healthy, and I worry about the long-term impact on them. More than a few of these kids have a very poor sense-of-self. What kind of adults do you think they will grow up to be? Tyrants in the workplace and elsewhere, with little empathy for anyone other than themselves!

    The real answer lies in encouraging parents from perceived social classes to be involved together so they can learn from each other. Playcentre is about the only place I see this happening. The opopsite is happening in many daycares and schools, for example where parents choose a school depending on who else is going there so they can rub shoulders with who they want to be associated with. So they end up choosing their kids’ friends and in doing so also create pockets of social homogeneity. I see this snobbery as harmful – not just to people at the bottom, but to the next generation of middle-class.

  9. homepaddock says:

    Tracy, I agree good and bad parenting isn’t confined to any particular group and that snobbery is harmful. One advantage of country life is that your children almost always go to the local school, at least at primary level, with all the other locals regardless of their backgrounds.

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