Fresh look at persistent pitfall side of parenting
When it comes to parenting, one size does not fit all. A simple statement but one that counsellor and relationship coach Allan Baker and his wife Sue talk about in the series of parenting evenings they are running.
‘‘We want to help parents to understand each other and in turn understand the differences in their kids, equipping them with the skills, values and knowledge to be successful adults,’’ Mr Baker said.
Two Wednesday night sessions have already covered topics like the difference between left-and right-brained people. Tonight covers assertiveness, negotiation skills and restoring trust after it has been broken, and next Wednesday looks at understanding anger, what to do with it and managing the energy it creates.
Mr Baker, who has a client base from Ashburton to North Auckland, said it is not your average parenting course.
‘‘It’s a fresh way of looking at parenting, helping people to understand themselves and their kids better, with a common sense Kiwi-style approach. It’s learning and practising to say no respectfully, negotiating and understanding what kids learn by watching adults.’’
The evenings are held at Matamata Christian School from 7pm to 9pm. Supper is provided. The cost is $10 per couple.