Parenting Together


Parenting Together


This resource has been developed by the Salvation Army as part of the Communities for Children initiative in partnership with a number of organisations working with families. It looks at some of the challenging relationship issues faced by mums and dads in raising healthy children and offers practical strategies to meet these challenges.


whatís been said

"Really liked the focus on dads, seeing dads with their kids and the images represented." - Early Childhood Coordinator

"Liked the flexibility of the way the material is presented to couples depending on their needs and issues." - Parent Educator

"Good to see real people in real situations." - Dads group facilitator

"Particularly liked how the sessions were tailored to the group and the encouraging openness of conversations." - Parent


data from the course

  • 57% of participants admitted to getting angry with their child/ren
  • By the end of course 88% had made the decision that they would try to be less angry with their child/ren
  • 100% of parents who provided feedback 1 month after the course now have some idea on how to control their child/renís behaviour
  • Prior to the course, 32% admitted to being unaware of how to control their child/renís behaviour


Course Content

The structured program includes core sections including:

  • The importance of the early years for brain development as it relates to social and emotional learning and the role of parents in this.
  • A six step process that facilitates good practice in co-parenting including listening, agreeing together, setting boundaries and rules, emotional self-regulation in the process of doing this, choices and consequences.

Elements that can be tailored in depending on the needs of the group include:

  • Trauma informed practice
  • Partner relationship issues
  • A process for resolving conflict through negotiation

Expected Outcomes

  • Improved understanding a childís needs
  • Mindful, respectful, unified and consistent parenting
  • Improved relationship bonds between parents and children
  • Improved understanding how to resolve conflict

The accompanying DVD/USB can be used to promote discussion with groups or individuals.

Topics covered in the structured sessions include:

  • Changes
  • Parenting
  • The first years
  • Relationships
  • Conflict

The Facilitators Guide includes:

  • Background information
  • Illustrations for use in small groups
  • Content for 5 session course


Download Parenting Together Information & Resources


Further info: karl.brettig@aus.salvationarmy.org

A Communities for Children Initiative

Approved by the Australian Institute of Family Studies as a Promising Program


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