Fort Macleod residents will get some advice this month about raising their children.
Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre will host two seminars led by southern Alberta regional Triple P Parenting co-ordinator Denise Fedunec.
“We are so fortunate to have someone with Denise’s professional background and experience come to our community to facilitate these seminars,” Kids First director Susan Simpson said. “She has the skills to help parents see how some very small steps can make a big difference in their family dynamic.”
Fedunec will lead a session titled “The Power of Positive Parenting” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 in the meeting room at Fort Macleod Health Centre.
Fedunec will also lead a session titled “Raising Responsible Teenagers” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 28.
“We are particularly excited to have her provide the Triple P Teen series of seminars here in town as we have recently had many requests for guidance from parents of children 10 years old and up,” Simpson said.
Fedunec joined the Lethbridge Family Centre last year after moving to the city from Saskatchewan, where she was director of a family resource centre similar to Kids First.
“I knew I wanted to work for the Family Centre since their vision of ‘healthy children, healthy families, healthy communities’ resonated with me and the work I had been doing,” Fedunec said.
Fedunec is a strong advocate of the Triple P Parenting Program developed by clinical psychologist Matt Sanders and his colleagues at Australia’s University of Queensland.
Triple P has an established track record of success with thousands of children, so the Alberta government made the program available across the province.
“It is designed to give parents the skills they need to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers and to build stronger family relationships,” Fedunec said. “Practitioners don’t tell people how to parent. Rather, we give parents simple and practical strategies they can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs and needs. Small changes make big differences.”
The Power of Positive Parenting seminar is designed to give people the principles of positive parenting and strategies within those principles to promote healthy relationships within the home.
As an example, Fedunec will talk about creating positive learning environments, using assertive disciple and having realistic expectations.
“Through the research behind the program, we know that when parents use descriptive praise and positive strategies to build their children’s esteem and confidence, children become more co-operative and successful,” Fedunec said. “This in turn lasts into adulthood producing a more healthy community.”
Parenting does not come with an instruction manual, Fedunec said, and everyone needs help from time to time. People who attend the seminar will be given given a tip sheet.
“My hope is that parents will find one or two strategies that they will be able to implement immediately creating a more peaceful home,” Fedunec said.
“The Power of Positive Parenting” is for people raising children aged two to 10 years.
The afternoon seminar on Sept. 28 is titled “Raising Responsible Teenagers,” which is designed for people raising children aged 10 to 15 years.
“We will talk about creating an environment where teenagers are inspired to be respectful, reliable and assertive,” Fedunec said.
Fedunec will talk about strategies to involve teenagers in decision-making around the home, and will provide a tip sheet.
Kids First is hopeful Fort Macleod residents will take advantage of the opportunity.
“We are really encouraging parents, grandparents and other care-givers to register for as many of the seminars as they can because we know this is an opportunity that doesn’t come to our community very often,” Simpson said.
To register call Kids First at 403-553-5354. Free child care will be provided on-site.
Kids First next month will offer the following Triple P Parenting courses: “Raising Confident, Competent Children,” Oct. 26; “Raising Competent Teenagers,” Oct. 26; “Raising Resilient Children,” Nov. 23; “Getting Teenagers Connected,” Nov. 23.