Parenting School-Age Children

Parenting School Age Children

When your child turns 5, they start to gain a new level of independence. Between the ages of 5 and 11, they spend more time at school, with friends, and participating in extra-curricular activities. This means they are spending less time with you under your direct supervision and care.

Since you can’t be there to solve all of your child’s problems as they occur, you need skills to teach them to be independent and make positive choices. The Parenting School Age Children workshop offers a way to help you understand how they’re growing up and the type of role you should have with them as they go through the school years.

Who can attend?

  • Any caregiver who is parenting a child between 5 and 11 years old
  • Caregivers interested in establishing positive parenting practices or addressing challenges in school age children

What will you learn?

You will build skills for parenting school-age children by understanding:

  • What to expect as your child grows and develops
  • Your parenting style and how it affects your child
  • Why school-age children behave the way they do
  • How to positively guide behaviours
  • How to better communicate with your child
  • What bonding is and why it’s important
  • Ways to teach your child problem-solving skills
  • The ins and outs of self-esteem
  • Discipline strategies
  • Internet safety
  • Chores – what to expect and when
  • What drives power struggles and how to address them
  • How to care for yourself during this stage

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Addressing misbehaviour or other issues
  • Setting boundaries, limits, and guidelines
  • Communicating with your child
  • Providing a nurturing home environment
  • Minimizing the negative effects of divorce or separation (if applicable), and
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

When and where is the class offered?

  • The class is available as a group workshop or a private class.
  • The group class is offered several times per year. Scroll down for upcoming dates.
  • You can attend this class online or in person at our office at 9912-106 Street, Edmonton.
  • In our group workshops, you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself and your family, hear others’ experiences, and practise new skills. Many people who attend our workshops say they feel better after attending because they realize that they are not alone.
  • In a private class, you will receive the same amount of information as our group workshops, condensed into 3 hours with the facilitator. These are ideal for individuals or couples who want to get started sooner than the next group workshop, can’t attend the group workshops due to work schedules or other personal commitments, or simply prefer a more private setting.

How much does it cost?

Group workshops: $150 per person. Are you attending the class with someone, such as a family member, partner, co-parent, or a friend? Additional participants pay only 50%.

Private session: $325

We are dedicated to supporting families of all income levels. If needed, you can apply for a subsidy by selecting “I require subsidy” in the registration form.

Subsidies are available for group workshops only.

Register for Workshops

There are currently no dates available for this workshop.
You can email us at and we will let you know when this class becomes available.

The Family Centre acknowledges that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

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