A group of 26 parents and grandparents have successfully completed a seven-week positive parenting workshop aimed at modernising parenting skills.The workshop was presented by The Parent Centre with participants from Mitchell’s Plain, Eagle Park, Southfield, Panorama, Bellville and Eerste River.The participants are recruited from The Parent Centre’s three support groups aimed at assisting parents who are in need of guidance. Further participants are recruited through advertising on social media and local newspapers.The support groups are hosted at Lentegeur Library, Lobelia Hall in Lentegeur and the Thusong Centre in Tafelsig. The workshop started on Thursday 10 October and concluded with a certification ceremony on Thursday 21 November at the Lentegeur Library.Berenice Scott, a parent facilitator and certified life coach, says the group includes mothers, fathers, grandparents and any other caregivers.“The sessions were held every Thursday for seven consecutive Thursdays,” says Scott.“At the support group they learn and unlearn and then relearn child behaviour.”She facilitated the workshop with fellow parent facilitator, Ester Wilson. The sessions covered effective discipline, building children’s self-esteem, listening to children’s feelings, understanding children’s behaviours, assertiveness and engaging cooperation, problem solving, values and family meetings.Parents were also encouraged to employ the “robot” skill, which is red for stop, yellow for think and green for respond.Tasneem Oostendorp, a participant, says as a young mother of three children, the training was invaluable.“My husband sent me the advert via WhatsApp,” she says.“This training has given us insight on dealing with our children. I did not realise there was rules. There are better ways to deal with children. “I also know that building a relationship with your child is of the utmost importance,” she added.Shinaaz Adjiet, another participant that also took part in the temperament training workshop offered by the Parent Centre, says although her children are now older, she has learnt skills that she can pass on to other mothers and implement as a grandmother.“I realised with this training that I have a spirited child and that I myself am spirited and that is why we maybe clashed. “If I had this training when I was raising my children, it may have been different,” Adjiet admits. “I am a grandmother now. It was so interesting – how to deal with and manage different character traits in children.”V For more information on the workshop, call 021 762 0116, email email@example.com or visit www.theparentcentre.org.za.