PLEASE NOTE: All new clients are booked for a 4-5 session foundational course of 8 -12 hours total. Sessions are usually 2 to 2½ hours long, normally weekly or fortnightly. You pay only for the time used and any sessions not needed are cancelled without charge. This initial set of sessions, includes addressing your current issues. Once you have completed this introductory content, you can, in the future, book a single session any time you need!
Session 1: Gives you a whole new way to look at your children which will radically change your understanding of child behaviour and help you in the years to come. (If you have attended my lectures entitled Roots and Wings (Parts 1 and 2) you will not need this session.)
Session 2: We build a comprehensive picture of the child and family out of the question: who is this child and what does she/he need? Once again this information will help you for many years ahead.
Session 3: Gives you tools for setting the children up for success. 80% of issues can be solved by putting child and parent in the right place, at the right time, in the right condition.
Session 4: Helps you construct positive, successful management of difficult behaviour and turn stuck patterns around.
If there are several children needing help, and deeper or ongoing issues, we may need another session now and then to ‘tweak’ your tool kit. Some parents come back for a top-up a year or 2 later if new issues arrive, or just for a refresher.
Where possible, it is preferable for mentoring to be provided to both parents in a 2-parent household or in separated homes where the parents are wishing to work together. Results are clearly better with both parents on board. However if the other parent cannot attend or does not wish to we can still proceed with just one parent. In solo parent households if there is another adult involved with the child you may include them if you wish.
The sessions are without children present (infants ok). We need full focus. Even with babies present the level of distraction makes it hard to get new ideas across and help you re-structure. Please try to find care-givers out of the home or at very least in another part of the house.
Please do not tell the kids about Mary or Plum Parenting. These sessions are to grow your skills and empower you to safeguard and enrich your children’s lives. It is not helpful or appropriate that the children see you as needing help or that you are being instructed by someone else. We want to strengthen the direct path between you and them.