A Podcast on Parenting

Caroline Penney

Caroline Penny, Author of The Parenting Toolkit talks about the success of her book as part of the podcast series Balance. You can listen to the conversation here.

You don’t have to be a parent to love this book, the skills and tips that Caroline points out are transferable.

It’s about good quality relationships with everybody not just with your children but with with your partner, with your colleagues.

Caroline Penney

Buy The Parenting Toolkit on our website.

Parenting Workshop

This two-day course is for professionals who work individually with parents and their children. It looks at both the theory and practice of parenting education. It includes advanced communication skills, positive discipline strategies, emotional literacy and empathic parenting skills, child led play, descriptive praise and stress management. It also covers social learning theory, systemic family therapy interventions, problems in child development and communication with distressed children.

  • Date: Thursday March 28th and Friday March 29th 2019
  • Time: 9:30 – 4:30             
  • Place: The Lantern Family Centre, 4 Dowlans Road, Great Bookham, Surrey KT23 4LE  
  • Cost: £120 Lunch and refreshments included. Maximum Number 12 participants. Students can gain accreditation with Open College Network London Region.
The Parenting Toolkit - Simple steps to happy and confident children by Caroline Penney

Caroline Penney BSc, SRN, MSc, PGCE pioneered the Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities project at the South London and Maudsley Hospital, London, where she trained parents to run parenting groups. A systemic family therapist she has run parenting education and facilitator training courses in many countries. She is the mother of three children and the grandmother of two. Her great-grandfather was Sigmund Freud and her great-aunt was Anna Freud whose work has inspired her. She has spent thirty years working in parenting education, social services, Parent Network, the Maudsley Hospital and the Lantern Family Centre. She has written several parenting manuals.

Cathy Kearney MA in Children and Families work, first started working with parents in the local community when her own three sons (now in their early twenties) were born. She ran her first parenting course when she was a Deputy Centre Manager of a Family Centre. Cathy subsequently moved to China with her young family for three years, running parenting courses for parents of children with addictions. On her return to the UK, Cathy was a Family Support Worker for offenders and their families. At this point, Cathy joined the Empowering Parents Empowering Communities team initially as an Outreach Worker, then a Hub Manager and finally as a Specialist Trainer.

Parenting Toolkit Workshop

Simple steps for happy and confident children

For parents, grandparents, and people working with families who are interested in exploring:

  1. How to look after yourself
  2. How to acknowledge your child’s feelings and express your own
  3. Ages and stages – what behaviour to expect at different ages
  4. The meaning behind children’s behaviour
  5. How to ‘do’ child-led play
  6. Descriptive praise and key discipline strategies

Caroline Penney is a parenting educator, family therapist, nurse and grandmother. She draws on years of research and experience to show how to be a ‘good enough’ parent, with the skills for raising happy children. She ran the Empowering Parents Empowering Communities programme, as it ‘takes a village to raise a child’. The workshop will be practical, focused on participants questions with brief inputs and exercises.

  • Cost £60, includes a copy of new book The Parenting Toolkit.
  • Bring packed lunch: coffee and tea provided.
  • Booking: contact the museum on 01453 763394
  • 5 free places for those on low income/benefits: enquire at the booking stage.

Saturday 17th November 2018, 10am-4:30pm

Secret Garden, Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud GL5 4AF