Positive Parenting Courses

‘Unlock the heart of the mighty oak you can be’

I, Alison Green, am a Licensed Facilitator with Care for the Family. 

Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and help those who face

family difficulties.  To find out more about Care for the Family please click here to navigate to their website:

I am passionate about family life; 

I have been married for 32 years and have five children.

Nurturing children has been the most awesome and 

one of the best experiences of my life.

Helping my children discover who they are and seeing them now flourish as adults is truly spectacular,

I am so proud of my children.

I know parenting can be like a roller-coaster ride of navigating the ups and downs, the twists and turns:

the joys, the fears, the unknowns,

the struggles, the hopes....

Positive Parenting Courses

Positive Parenting Courses offer support, encouragement and tools 

to help parents as they ride their roller-coaster journey.

The courses provide lots of information and ideas to help you engage with your children and

boost your relationship.  Each week, as you try out new strategies at home, you’ll find your skills

developing and your confidence increasing.  Over the period of the course, you’ll discover

fresh approaches which will help to improve your family life.

There are several courses on offer:

Time Out For Parents - The Early Years is for parents who have children aged 0-4 years

Session 1: Expectations and realities of parenting    Session 2: Children’s needs    Session 3: Play and listening

Session 4: Parenting styles    Session 5: Discipline and safety    Session 6: The wider family

Cost: to cover costs participants are invited to make a voluntary contribution of £30/parent.

Time Out For Parents - The Primary Years is for parents who have children aged 5-11 year

Session 1: What being a parent’s really like!    Session 2: Children’s needs    Session 3: Feelings and listening

Session 4: Boundaries and parenting styles     Session 5: Keeping safe    Session 6: Building strong families

Cost: to cover costs participants are invited to make a voluntary contribution of £30/parent.

Time Out For Parents - The Teen Years is for parents who have children aged 11-16 years

Session 1: Temperament and emotional needs    Session 2: Why it’s tough being a teenager

Session 3: Parenting styles    Session 4: Communication    Session 5: Handling conflict

Session 6: The big issues    Session 7: Keeping our teenagers safe in the digital age

Session 8: Building strong families

Cost: to cover costs participants are invited to make a voluntary contribution of £40/parent.

Time Out For Parents - Handling Anger in the Family 

is for parents who have children aged 4-16 years

The first two sessions will help you understand anger as a natural emotion and

how you can handle this safely using practical strategies and the idea of an anger river. 

The final two sessions look at equipping you to help your child understand how anger affects them, how to recognise when they enter the anger river and practical and tested ways of handling anger safely and healthily.

Cost: to cover costs participants are invited to make a voluntary contribution of £20/parent.

Course Details

Times and venue are the same for all courses outlined below.


Times: 7.45pm - 9.45pm. (Refreshments available from 7.30pm)

Venue: Arborfield Green Community Centre, Sheerlands Road, Arborfield, RG2 9ND.

Cost: to cover costs participants are invited to make a voluntary contribution, the amount is given

above in each of the course details.  Cost includes a copy of the course handbook. 

If making this contribution is a problem there is an option to pay less. 

What to Expect: There may be between 4 to 20 parents on a course.

The facilitator guides each session to enable parents to look at the session topics in a safe environment

where we can learn from one another as experiences, struggles and ideas are shared. 

You will not be asked to share or do anything which you are not comfortable with.

There is also the opportunity to look at some current thinking and best practice in parenting education.

Each session is a blend of upfront presentation, individual activities and small group discussion.

How to Book: please use contact form below. 

2020 Courses

Time Out For Parents - The Primary years

Session Dates: Thursdays 23rd, 30th January, 6th, 13th, 27th February, 5th March 2020. 

Please book by 16th January.

Time Out For Parents - The Teen years - COURSE CANCELLED 

Session Dates: Thursdays 12th, 19th, 26th March, 2nd, 23rd, 30th April, 7th, 14th May 2020. 

Please book by 5th March.

Time Out For Parents - Handling Anger in the Family - COURSE CANCELLED 

Session Dates: Thursdays 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th June 2020. 

Please book by 28th May.

Time Out For Parents - The Early years

Session Dates: Thursdays 17th, 24th, September, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd October 2020

Please book by 10th September.

Time Out For Parents - Handling Anger in the Family

Session Dates: Thursdays 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th November 2020. 

Please book by 29th October.

Find out more or Book places

Please use the contact form below to:

Enquire or ask anything about Positive Parenting Courses.

Book a place/s on any Positive Parenting Course

listed above.

Register your interest for a course:

If you are interested in attending a specific course which is not yet being promoted here, please register your interest . 

Enquire about Individual Coaching or Mentoring for parent/s.


Positive Parenting Courses

are run in partnership with

Church at The Green, Arborfield Green.

To find out more about Church at The Green 

please click here to navigate to their website:

 Positive Parenting details are listed under 'What's On'

Positive Parenting Courses are also 

promoted via other local churches, schools, health centres and community facilities.

Working in partnership to support

local families is important.

 Individual Coaching or Mentoring for Parent/s

Attending any of the above parenting courses can be of immense help and encouragement.

However you may wish to go broader or deeper in engaging with parenting and family life,

or perhaps you have specific issues you wish to tackle,

or perhaps you feel overwhelmed with the huge task of parenting and need to gain insight, focus and direction.

Whatever your reason or need having some individual or couple coaching or mentoring time can be of great worth. If you would like to explore this as an option and find out more, please use the contact form above.

Heart of Oak Mission Statement: 'Helping people flourish to their best.'

Photographs and design by Alison Green. Copyright (c) 2016. All rights reserved.

Please do not copy or use without seeking permission.

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