Welcome to Thrilling THREEs®
Parenting Now! is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting good parenting skills and positive attitudes toward childrearing for parents of infants and young children.
Our mission is that all children will be raised by nurturing, skilled parents.
The Thrilling THREEs® series helps develop the skills for positive parent/child relationships at an exciting and challenging time in your child’s life. It is a time when concerns about discipline, setting limits, and dealing with tantrums bring up many new issues for concerned parents.
The THREEs® meet every week for 10 two-hour sessions with a Parenting Now! Parent Educator. The THREEs® group includes a playtime for the children, supervised by the Children’s Program staff, while parents discuss topics in a nearby room. During the last 15 minutes, parents and children gather for songs and circle games. The following is a summary of the topics:
1. Who are THREEs anyway? Why do we call them Thrilling? What is it like to be a THREE? What are the developmental tasks, needs, and motivations of THREEs?
2. Who are you as a parent and a family? What are your family goals, values and guidelines? Explore your parenting style and discuss differences between dads and moms.
3. Who is your child? Being on your child’s side as a guide and teacher. How to work with your child’s individual differences and temperamental tendencies. The mixes and matches of temperament in the family. How to respect each other.
4. The importance of language. Building healthy verbal and nonverbal communication in the family. Discover “words that work” and learn how to recover from mistakes in a way that builds your relationship with your child.
5. Basic positive discipline. Using discipline as guidance, and conflict for learning. Firm and fair limit setting, natural and logical consequences. Treats, bribes and other circular routes.
6. Upsets and meltdowns. Effectively handling ups and downs, including strong feelings, upsets, whining, hitting and biting.
7. Bedtime, toileting, and siblings. Creating patterns that work for your family. Effective strategies for enjoying day-to-day life with your 3-year-old.
8. Developing your own set of family principles and problem solving. Establishing family guidelines, rituals and routines to create the family life you want.
9. Moving into the outside world. Outside influences on parents. How to increase positive experiences and vaccinate against negative outside influences. Day care guidelines/safety – guns, alcohol/media – violence, sexuality, commercialism/computers and videos. Empowering our children.
10. Designing your family. Celebrate your family’s special qualities. The meaning and value of play for you individually, for your child, and for your family.
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