Tag Archives: lifeskills

Parenting and Other Life Skills


Best Beginnings – working to give every baby in the UK the best start in life; supports vulnerable parents.

CANParent -is a network of organisations who provide universal parenting classes and advice that is proven to be effective. A universal parenting class is for all mums, dads and carers of children from birth to 18 years. Organisations that belong to the CANparent network have proven that each of their classes makes a real and positive difference to parents and families.

Care for the Family – a charity which offers support for parents, including parenting classes.

Family Nurse Partnership – a voluntary home visiting programme for first time young mums, aged 19 or under (and dads). A specially trained family nurse visits the young mum regularly, from early in pregnancy until the child is two.

Getting to know your baby – promoting emotional well being before and after birth.

Home Start -helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.

Incredible Years – a parenting programme  for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups.

Jane Evans – trauma parenting specialist and trainer, author of the book ‘How are you feeling today baby bear? Exploring big feelings after living in a stormy home’.

The Knowledge Bank/The Relationships Alliance -The Relationships Alliance consists of OnePlusOne, Relate, TCCR and Marriage Care. Their vision is a future in which strong and stable personal and social relationships are seen as the basis of a thriving society. The Knowledge Bank contains up to date published and relevant grey literature in core subject areas surrounding couple and family relationships.

The National Parenting Initiative – parenting courses for all kinds of parents and carers; enter your postcode to find a course near you.

National Parent Partnership Network -Parent Partnership Services (PPS) offer advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs. They are statutory services which means there has to be one in every local authority.

Mellow Parenting – an international organisation delivering high quality training in its family of evidence based parenting programmes. Training is delivered to local authority and NHS staff as well as voluntary agencies working with the most vulnerable families in society.

Parent Perspectives – the latest news and expert perspectives on the parent/baby relationship – see for e.g. the difference in responding and reacting to stress.

Solihull Approach – The Solihull Approach Understanding your child’s behaviour courses are a well-established and trusted way of understanding more about your child. Parents often say they feel calmer, more confident and have a better relationship with their child after taking part in one of their groups. Offers on line course.

Sue Atkins – parenting guru and author of Parenting Made Easy.

Wildlife trackers – to get children and their parents outside and learning about the world around them. The aim of the site is to give parents, schools and other organisations an easy to access, free tool that makes it easy and fun for them to support children in connecting with nature.


Getting the most out of life

Psych Central – American website looking at various aspects of psychology; useful ‘parenting’ section.

The Asssociation for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice – organisation for family psychotherapists which provides information and resources for all.

Living Life to the Full – offers a life skills course that aims to provide access to high quality, practical and user-friendly training in life skills. The course is  written by a psychiatrist who has many years of experience using a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach and also in helping people use these skills in everyday life.

Lifehack – offers tips about all areas of life to help to help you make the most of it.


Employment and Education

Pinnacle People – a leading provider of employment and skills programmes across all regions of England, helping people find long-term solutions to unemployment, providing them with the skills and confidence to make decisions about their future and get back into work.

The Learning Curve – a market leading provider of high quality training programmes for young people aged 16-18 and adult learners.


Your Home

Baby Proofing and Kids Safety at Home  – a home safety guide which covers a wide variety of childproofing areas and considerations. Follow these tips and suggestions to reduce the hidden dangers in and around your home.

Fly Lady – an online support group, offering people help to sort out their home who are living in CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome).

Quit Smoking Community  – a US site, offering advice and support about quitting smoking

Smoke Free Homes – advice from the US Environmental Agency about risks to children from second hand smoke and how to reduce these.

Unf*** your Habitat is an excellent blog with tips and encouragement about keeping your environment clean and tidy, even when it seems overwhelming at times.