Practical Parenting Skills offers parenting classes and ongoing support to Parents/Carers, Schools and Businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Confident, adaptable, resourceful Parenting

It’s as important to know what you do well as a parent; as it is to discover ways you can do better.  This website will help you to do this, in an environment that is safe, supported and judgement free. We respect the values that you bring to your families and we build on them. There is no such thing as a Perfect Parent but there are Parents who are confident, adaptable and resourceful. The Parenting approach we use is not authoritative or submissive. It is assertive, respectful and kind. It is also evidence based.

Parenting Class in Norwich

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Strong, long-term relationships with your children, from toddlers to teenagers

Our Open Progamme Parenting class will teach you how to communicate with your children so that they change their behaviour out of consideration, rather than compliance. Licensed as Parenting Effectiveness Training (PET), this course will help you:
  • Use empathy and respect to strengthen your relationship.
  • Be the strong, guiding voice that influences rather than controls.
  • Encourage self awareness and self regulation through active listening.
  • Introduce methods to resolve conflicts so that everyone gets what they need.
  • Adapt your skills and your children will take you with them, as they grow.
Parenting Class in Norwich

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Ongoing Support, as your children’s needs change

Once you have completed a PET programme, you will get ongoing support through our monthly Parenting Clinics. For those who are unable to attend a PET programme, or who require immediate support, Parent Coaching is available on demand.   You will also have an opportunity to build links with a group of like-minded parents, for friendship and support.

Parenting Class in Norwich

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An experienced Certified Parent Educator (and Mother)

Your group will be facilitated by Andrea Rippon.  She has been running Person Centred People Skills courses for 20 years, through her business Who are you now?  Based in Norwich, Andrea has two teenage children, is a daughter to her elderly parents and owns a rescue dog called Sam.  She writes a regular Parenting Column for the Eastern Daily Press, Family Section.

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