Father of 2 boysSuch valuable time, thank you so much Annika and Natalie. What could be more important than becoming better parents? It made me so happy, every technique you taught us, tools that we’ll have for life. You can’t put a value on it. Much more useful than renovating a house! I can’t thank you both enough. It was also lovely to do this together as a couple so we can both be more effective and united.
Parents of 3 daughtersNatalie and Annika were brilliant and we were given all the help that we needed. What we liked the most was the dedicated time that we had every week to focus on the job of parenting.
Parents of two boys and a girlWhat an amazing course, it has changed everything in our family. It felt like a gift to be honest. We live now in a much happier household, we are able to communicate with our children the way we wanted to but couldn't seem to find the skills. There is much less shouting and much more laughing. Fantastic, thank you.
Mother of twoI would highly recommend the parenting course at the Parent Space. Both Annika and Natalie were amazing in delivering this course, it's very positive, interactive and fully comprehensive in looking at all areas to build your confidence and having a better relationship with your children.
Parents to three boys (aged 6, 4 and 1.5)Where do we start? This was a wonderful course and we learnt so much from it. We saw a difference with the children immediately and as the course progressed. The household is a calmer place these days. As one of the other testimonials says, it really was like learning a new language to communicate with our children. The combination of small group meetings and the personal touch of a separate pre-group meeting and personal letter after session three is excellent. We have come away with a fantastic set of tools to help us with all issues. Every detail of the course has been well thought through and we can’t praise it highly enough. Thank you both so much.
Mother of twoI honestly feel revitalised from the parenting course. It is important to me to be the best possible parent I can but it can be so difficult to find the time to stop and take stock of what is working and what is not. Doing this with the expert guidance of Natalie and Annika was an absolute joy. The combination of their patient listening each week, the pre-group meeting and the personal letter after session three made me feel utterly understood – a rare pleasure.
It has been several weeks now since the course ended and there are many principles which have really stuck in my mind and I have been putting successfully into practice.
It has been such a nice feeling to handle those challenging situations that come up more calmly and confidently, and when Great Gran Betty (aged 91) thought our children displayed ‘model behaviour’ on a recent visit, little does she know the amount of planning and preparing that went on in the car on the way there!
Parents of two boys, 7 and 4This was a fantastic, educational and often inspirational course which has done wonders to help us deal with the daily challenges we face in bringing up our two boys. We'd heard a bit about positive parenting techniques, but having the chance to work through them with Annika and Natalie week after week gave us a wonderful opportunity to really learn how to put them into practice.
Within the first week, we'd already started to notice dramatic changes in both our boys and in our own confidence in dealing with the more challenging aspects of their behaviour. The pace of the course meant we really got to grips in-depth with some of the key concepts that were being discussed, while Annika and Natalie were so skillful at helping us work with the practical examples we brought them. We cannot recommend this course enough.
Mother of two boys (aged 6 and 4)From the first week of doing this course, we actually saw tangible results in terms of our children’s behaviour. As we learned how to praise them effectively, rather than with vague gushing phrases, they began to respond positively, wanting to earn more. Another key aspect of the course was learning to listen better to our children and my husband and I found ourselves much calmer when we took these lessons on board. While the course doesn’t in any way advocate a lax approach to discipline, it offers excellent models for setting limits and reducing reliance on material rewards and punishments.
We had been at our wits’ end having found our children increasingly impervious to the naughty step, removal of toys and threats of consequences. Yet by the end of the course we found these measures less necessary. It was like learning a new language to communicate with our children.
Natalie and Annika have pooled their enormous experience and expertise to create a course that is an excellent balance between teaching and discussion, covering a lot of useful ground while allowing participants time to raise their specific concerns. I think this course is a game changer in helping parents drastically reduce a lot of the angst of parenting and learn to enjoy being with their children again. Thanks so much to you both!