Some days I reckon I'm doing pretty well as a parent - it usually lasts for a few whole minutes. It's not that my children are particularly naughty or difficult, it's just that they are so – normal, apparently. About six million families worldwide have sought the advice of Triple P-Positive Parenting Program at one time or another to try and understand their children's development better. Some have very specific concerns and others would just like to know more about how to be the best parent they can be.
My children are still very young and I have been approached by countless strangers who, whilst one of them has been tantruming like a virtuoso to an audience, have looked at me cheerfully and said, "You think this is bad, it only gets worse, you know." Every day I cross my fingers that they are wrong but just in case, I'll be all ears when renowned parenting expert, Professor Matt Sanders, speaks at Di Farmer MP's fourth parenting forum at Bulimba State School on 11th August.
Di Farmer, MP for Bulimba, who is regularly found at local schools, pre-schools and many a P&F meeting, set up the Parent Forum in direct response to the requests from constituents for further education on parenting skills. She advised that Professor Sanders will speak on "How to help your children achieve their best and grow into well-adjusted adults whilst avoiding those traps we all fall into as parents."
Professor Sanders is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. He is also the founder of the Triple P- Positive Parenting Program which is now available in 20 countries with over 56,000 professionals trained to use the program. He will offer parents advice on positive parenting and equip them with a take-home fact sheet to help them keep on track once they are back on the front line.