Positive parenting aid

Lauren Bassman plays with Evie, 1, and William, 3, at Apex Park, Moe. photograph anne simmons

Lauren Bassman plays with Evie, 1, and William, 3, at Apex Park, Moe. photograph anne simmons

Moe mother of two Lauren Bassman has realised "it's not going to be all good days" when it comes to parenting.

"As long as I've raised two kids that are healthy, happy and got their manners, that's about all I'm hoping now," Ms Bassman said.

The 32-year-old mother is hoping to gain some extra parenting tips from a free seminar coming to Morwell.

Based on four decades of research, the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program is offered in 28 countries and 22 languages.

"We're somehow managing it but it's always handy to have little bits of advice that can help deal with the situation," Ms Bassman said.

She is after some ideas to help her not become frustrated when trying to help her son William, 3, learn to share with his sister Evie, 1.

University of Queensland professor of clinical psychology and program founder Matt Sanders said the seminar would introduce parents to the "remarkable influence parenting can have on children's development".

"This is an investment in their children's future by coming along and really thinking deeply in the way in which they wish to raise their kids," Professor Sanders said.

Parents will leave the seminars with a parenting plan after being introduced to five key principals including creating a safe and interesting environment for kids and consistent and assertive discipline.

Professor Sanders said children needed to learn the meaning of the word 'no'.

He said one of the things the program emphasised was everyone made mistakes from time to time – the trick was not recycling them over and over again.

Parents of children aged up to 12 years can attend the free seminar which is part of a broader state government initiative which involves training local maternal and child health nurses.

The seminar will be at Italian Australian Sporting Club, Morwell on Tuesday, July 24 from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

Parents and carers can register by emailing RSVP@triplep.net.

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