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Parenting in Windows:

Knowing your parenting style

45 minute workshop - pair with another 45minute workshop.

To book this workshop please contact Bill Hansberry

We parent in a time where it is easy to be utterly bamboozled by the myriad of mixed messages from the media and so-called experts about what makes good parenting. All sorts of questions and guilty thoughts bounce around inside parents' heads.

  • “Am I too strict – do I say ‘no’ too often?”

  • "Should I intervene or let my child handle this situation on their own?"

  • “Do we give our kids the freedom they need to make sensible choices on their own?”

  • "Am I too lenient on issues that really matter?”

  • “Should I do what my parents did – were they right after all?”

When we feel that we’ve struck a good balance with how we work with our kids, life throws us a new and uncharted parenting moment that has us questioning the very core of our parenting (again)!


One way to bring some balance to our thinking about parenting our kids, no matter what their age, is to consider the notion of parenting style. This fun and interactive workshop proposes four modes of being in authority. In our parenting, we tend to use one of these styles:  punitive, permissive, neglectful or authoritative more than the others. In ‘Raising Beaut Kids’ we have explained these styles using a nifty model called the Social Control Window so it’s no wonder that this great model becomes the centrepiece of this workshop.

So what’s your style? Are you up to the challenge to discover which style you lean towards? Come along to this session filled with laughs as we look at Parenting in Windows and do fun some navel gazing about which of these windows gives us the best chance of raising resilient, well-adjusted kids!

We really enjoyed the interactive participation using the social window to help us understand the different styles of parenting and what our default style is when we are under pressure. We could have a laugh and learn. Bill reinforced the idea that consequences were necessary but were not about hurting or punishing children. 


Carol West

Gilles St Primary School

Workshop based on chapters from

'Raising Beaut Kids'

Available to purchase from our Shop

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