Top tips for cranky kids
WHAT do you do when your child chucks a tantrum in the middle of the lolly aisle?
The Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre is helping local parents cope with the challenges and unpredictable mood swings of children through a weekly parenting program.
The six-week program started earlier this month for parents and carers keen to share their experiences and enjoy a laugh over the struggles of the parent/child dynamic.
Parents who attend share and listen to different scenarios and learn new approaches to parenting in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.
Program facilitators Jo Deriva and Deb Delaney are working with the parents to provide professional advice on how to handle different “tantrum” situations.
“Each week parents listen to each other scenarios and you can instantly see that it is helping them as they are all smiling and nodding and agreeing with some of the discussions,” Ms Deriva said.
“It’s a big commitment for parents to come to meetings for two hours every week but it allows them to understand why their first response may be frustration and how to cope and respond to children who are showing poor behaviour.”
Local parent Skye Thomson attended the parenting program two years ago when her son Sam was a toddler.
“The program is fabulous,” she said.
“It made me realise that it is all right not to be a perfect parent and give your child a little bit of leeway and let them make their own mistakes.
“It ended up making me a much calmer parent.
“I did the course when my child was a toddler and so it helped me cope with his habit of chucking tantrums and empowering him.
“I think it is important for parents to realise that they shouldn’t feel like less of a parent if their child makes mistakes.”
Anyone interested in signing up for the next parenting program can call the Neighbourhood Centre on 4099 5518 for more information.