Helping Parents to Help Their Children Thrive

Back in 1986, The Jamaica Test revealed some very interesting findings about the effect of parental attitudes on children’s behaviour.

Researchers divided the families of 129 children into two groups:

One group received weekly hour-long visits from a trained researcher, who encouraged the parents to spend more quality time with their children — reading, playing games and singing songs.

And the other group received nutritional supplements each week, without the parental coaching.

The results?

After two years of intervention, the children whose parents were encouraged to play more showed huge improvements in their behaviour and achievements at school, while the nutritional supplements made no significant difference.

Now this isn’t to say that good nutrition doesn’t play an important role in children’s development…

But the most powerful influence on children’s behaviour is the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of the adults surrounding them.

Other research has found that when parents were coached by a qualified counsellor their children had fewer behavioural problems, higher rates of confidence and trust in adults, and significantly lower stress levels.

And the positive influence was also found to extend to other important life skills.

For example, the ability to understand and follow directions, to concentrate, to interact calmly and productively with others, and to cope with disappointment and frustration.

All of which are vital skills that help reduce the stress of adolescence and adulthood.

And while nurturing your kids and giving them enough attention can be hard work…

(Particularly in our already busy and stressful lives!)

There are many simple and practical steps you can take to help them reach their full potential.

If you would like some extra help with this?

You might like to consider our parent coaching service.

How can we help?

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Why have 2,866* parents chosen us?

(*As of 24th July, 2019.)

  • Private and confidential: We are a private service so you will receive 100% independent and confidential advice.
  • Child and adolescent experts: We only work with school age children, teenagers and parents.
  • Education and school experts: We will help you navigate the school system to get the best possible results for your child.
  • Qualified and experienced: We only employ psychologists with a master degree or higher and experience working in schools.
  • Fast appointments: We don't keep a waiting list and see most new clients within 7 days.
  • Convenient location: We are in Middle Park with easy access from many parts of Melbourne and unrestricted street parking.
  • Trusted methods: We use approaches that are strongly supported by research evidence or clinical experience.
  • Lovely beachside office: You will love our quiet, modern and attractive office, with its beach and ocean-themed rooms.