For even the most experienced parents raising children can sometimes be a challenge and when parents part it can be hard to know what is affecting a child’s behaviour and how best to help.
The following resources can help you see things from your child’s point of view and be the best parent you can be.
How parents’ arguments can affect their kids: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-43486641
Dealing with relationship break-down: www.sortingoutseparation.org.uk/children-parenting
Parenting after parting: www.resolution.org.uk/divorceandparenting
Listening to your child: www.cafcass.gov.uk/grown-ups/parents-and-carers/divorce-and-separation/childs-voice-separation
Positive parenting tips: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/index.html
For teens and their parents: www.voicesinthemiddle.com/for-parents
“How to Talk so Children Will Listen” by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
“Superpowers for Parents” by Stephen Briers
“What’s My Child Thinking?: Age 2 -7. Practical Child Psychology for Modern Parents” by Tanith Carey
“ What to expect, The first year” by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Muzell
“Whatever! – A Down To Earth Guide To Parenting Teenagers” by Gill Hines & Alison Baverstock
“Get Out of My Life: But First Take Me And Alex Into Town” by Tony Wolf and Suzanne Franks
“Putting Children First: A Handbook for Separated Parents” by Karen & Nick Woodall
“A Parents Guide to Divorce: How to Raise Happy Kids” by Karen Becker
“The Co-Parenting Survival Guide” by Elizabeth Thayer & Jeffrey Zimmerman
“Don’t Alienate the Kids! Raising Resilient Children While Avoiding High Conflict Divorce” by Bill Eddy
“Shielding your Child From Conflict” by Susan Blyth Boyan and Ann Marie Termini
Getting it Right For Children
A free online course to help parents develop communication and negotiation skills: click.clickrelationships.org/content/all-issues/course-getting-it-right-for-children
Kids Come First
Designed by a children’s counsellor this is a short early intervention programme for parents who want to co parent after separation peacefully and effectively.
T: 07789 497275
Separated Parent Information Programme – Designed by CAFCASS
This short group course is free if ordered by the Court however parents can also pay privately to attend. It is designed to help parents see things from their children’s point of view and develop strategies for minimising conflict. Available at various locations nationwide, parents do not attend the same course.
Action for Children
Online resources and children’s and family centres give parenting advice, a safe space for families to play and the chance to learn new skills.
T: 0300 123 2112 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)
Tavistock clinic parent consultation service
A relationship focused approach. The Parenting Service offers an initial consultation, after which parents can progress to weekly sessions.
T: 020 7380 1960
Offer a range of services, activities, information and guidance tailored to meet the requirements of families with children aged five and under, including Dad’s stay and play sessions, child health and development advice.
In Hillingdon: www.hillingdon.gov.uk/childrenscentres
In Harrow: www.harrow.gov.uk/childrenatthecentre
In South Bucks: bucksfamilyinfo.org/kb5/buckinghamshire/fsd/results.page?childrenscentrechannel=0
In South West Herts: www.hertsfamilycentres.org/family-centres.aspx