We all suffer from the bullying of the tiger parent when it comes to homework
Written by Leo Keegan
Thomas Gordon, the founder of the Effectiveness Training Institute, once said that ‘parents are often blamed but seldom trained’.
When a person becomes a parent, usually in their mid to late twenties, the experience is probably the most significant life-altering event of their lives. Many rely on their instincts to guide them in their new role, others harken back to the approach used by their own parents, while others deliberately try to adopt approaches which are the opposite to that used by their own parents. Some oscillate from one approach to another, almost on a daily basis. In the confusion, some turn to reading up on parenting approaches but find these approaches can change as frequently as clothing fashions.
As a P.E.T. Instructor, I offer parents a systematic, evidence based, skills-focused course that has stood the test of time. In my experience, course participants are seeking an opportunity to improve their parenting skills and their relationships with their children and their partner and to learn how to better manage life’s daily pressures.
To help busy parents, I offer the course in a number of different configurations such as weekends and between school drop-off and pick-up times.
My own background is in education where I found the skills most useful in my roles as a teacher, a Guidance Coordinator and a Deputy Principal. The skills were also very useful in my days as an AFL coach and umpire and, most importantly, in raising my own children. The P.E.T. model also informed much of my work when I was lecturing at the University of Fiji and in working with engineers, parliamentary educators, lawyers and indigenous groups here in Australia.
My qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Australia, a Teachers’ Certificate from the Australian Catholic University, a Masters’ Degree in Education from the University of Wollongong, a course in pastoral counselling from the Yarra Theological Union and a Whole Brain Facilitation Certificate from Herrmann International Asia.
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The Effectiveness Training Institute of Australia (ETIA) Ltd is a not-for-profit, community based organisation that is dedicated to making courses in communication and conflict resolution skills available and accessible to all people in Australia.
ETIA’s mission is to provide individuals with effective communication and conflict resolution skills to build connected, harmonious relationships.
Our inspiration and programs come from the late Dr Thomas Gordon who is the author and founder of Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) program and Gordon Training International (GTI).
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