Escare hosts parenting workshops ahead of Children's Week

Family support service Escare will host Brad Williams and Dorothy Lenthall from ‘Behaviour Tonics’ as part of their Community Awareness Regional Education project. 

Behaviour Tonics, a Perth based parenting service, offers advice, courses and training to parents, teachers and professionals who work with children and families.

Escare development officer Natalie Symonds said the workshops, funded by the Esperance Goldfields Development Commission, aimed to support youth and community resilience.

“We want to offer workshops that provide tools and skills that will assist in building resilience, building relationships and, of course, in the well being of the families in the community,” she said.

Behaviour Tonics director Brad Williams said the information workshop aimed to support better development for the children, better relationships and more harmony in the home.

“Parents are being more proactive about seeking advice and having a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to parenting children,” he said.

“I don’t think there is that stigma attached anymore to parents putting their hand up and saying ‘hey, I’m going to a parenting workshop’, I think it’s becoming more ‘accepted’ whereas, a while back, it was the opposite.

“That has changed significantly in the last few years.”

The workshops will provide research based content that will look at a range of topics including the need to set limits and have boundaries with children, the relationship between age and self-regulation and the importance of modelling, how parents manage themselves when struggling with their own emotions.

Ms Lenthall, who has a background in teaching and psychology, will present two workshops on 'Bullying - Don't Just Stand There' on  October 18 – 19.

Mr Williams will present two workshops '10 Take Home Parenting Tips, for parents of two to ten year olds, and ‘Parenting Adolescents’, for parents of 11 - 16 year olds on October 25.