In Sheffield, parents and carers can access a range of groups that offer practical advice and support with parenting. We deliver programmes that are evidence based, tried and tested. This means that the content is written by professional psychologists who have years of research into what works to manage behaviours and difficulties that we can all face as parents.  These programmes are delivered across the world and have over 30 years of research behind them.  

Everyone has busy lives and we are all different. There are different types of groups you can access depending on your needs and the time you have to spare. Please read the information below about the types of groups you can access.

To find out what’s on and when in your area see our Sheffield Parenting What’s on in supporting information. Book your place on Eventbrite or by emailing or phoning us. Course dates and details will also be posted as events on our Family Centres Facebook page. 

Triple P seminars

Triple P seminars are for those who are generally coping well but have one or two concerns, or would simply like to gather some tips.

Seminars are large one-off information sessions covering positive parenting techniques for parents and carers who simply want some basic information and advice to take home and try. Seminars run for 90 minutes and cover topics including:

  • Positive parenting for 0–12s
  • Raising confident and competent children (under 12s)
  • Raising resilient children (under 12s)
  • Raising responsible teenagers
  • Raising competent teenagers
  • Getting teenagers connected 

Triple P discussion groups

Triple P discussion groups are for those who are mostly enjoying parenting, but who want to know how to deal with specific problem behaviour.

These are short small group sessions that offer practical advice for tackling a specific problem behaviour.  Groups are two hours, and you can choose from a range of topics. 

0 – 12 Discussion groups:

Topic 1: Dealing with disobedience for under 12s 

This discussion topic provides examples of common forms of disobedience and some reasons why children have difficulty learning to follow instructions. A number of positive parenting strategies are then introduced to help parents develop a personal plan to prevent disobedience, teach their child limits, and also to manage disobedience when necessary.

Topic 2: Managing fighting and aggression for under 12s

In this session, parents are encouraged to share their experiences of aggressive and destructive behaviour from their children and discuss some of the reasons children fight. This group covers the skills that children need to be able to cooperate and get along with others. Parents learn how to teach skills such as sharing, communicating, and being gentle. They also prepare plans to manage times when fighting and aggression do occur.

Topic 3: Developing good bedtime routines for under 12s

This discussion topic explores different problems parents commonly face at bedtime and some of the reasons why they happen. The skills children need to get into a good bedtime routine are discussed and parents are introduced to positive parenting strategies to help prevent problems. The approaches to encouraging children to stay in their own bed throughout the night are discussed: the gentle, the gradual, and the direct approach. All approaches are evidence-based and parents choose which approach suits them best.

Topic 4: Hassle-free outings with children

This discussion topic uses shopping trips as an example of one of the most common times parents have to deal with difficult behaviour in public. Positive parenting strategies are discussed as step-by-step suggestions for preventing problems and teaching children how to behave on shopping trips.  Parents develop individualised plans to manage problem behaviour during their own shopping trips and are encouraged to transfer new parenting strategies to other potentially difficult community situations.

Teen discussion groups

Topic 1: Getting teenagers to cooperate

During this discussion, parents share some of their experiences and ideas about dealing with non-cooperation and discuss reasons why teenagers can be uncooperative. Several positive parenting strategies are introduced to help parents develop a plan to motivate their teenager to be cooperative at home. 

Topic 2: Coping with teenagers’ emotions

In this session parents discuss some of the reasons teenagers have emotional reactions and skills that teens need to calm themselves down. Several positive parenting strategies are introduced to help parents teach their teen to better manage their emotions. 

Topic 3: Building teenagers’ survival skills

This discussion topic explores why teenagers sometimes make risky decisions and how they can learn to keep themselves safe while gradually developing independence. Parents are introduced to positive parenting strategies to help their teen plan for a situation which may potentially put their health or wellbeing at risk. 

Topic 4: Reducing family conflict

During this discussion, parents share some of their experiences of conflict with their teenager and discuss why sometimes this occurs in families. Several positive parenting strategies are introduced to help parents teach their teens how to get along with other family members and resolve problems. Ways to manage times when conflict affects the whole family are also discussed.

Group parenting programmes

Group parenting programmes are for those who are finding being a parent a bit of a challenge and may find that three or more topics from the discussion groups would be helpful. 

Group programmes range from 9 to 15 weeks in duration and cover the full range of parenting strategies with personalised support for people in the group to help you put these into practice back home.  There are different programmes depending on the age of your child/children and their needs:

  • Baby Incredible Years 
  • The Incredible Years programme for parents of 2 – 8s
  • Triple P for parents of 0 – 12s
  • Teen Triple P 

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