Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS POSITIVE PARENTING?

Positive parenting is simply an approach to parenting that gives parents tools and strategies to raise their child in an environment that is safe, loving and predictable. Triple P’s positive parenting allows parents to decide what is important to them. It does not tell parents how to raise their children, but gives them the confidence and skills to build good relationships with their child or teenager, set boundaries and rules, and follow up with consequences that are not harmful. Read more about what Triple P is.

WHAT IS TRIPLE P ONLINE?

With Triple P Online  you will cover all of Triple P’s positive parenting strategies for parents of toddlers to tweens (0-12 years). The eight modules are fun mix of videos, worksheets, tips and activities. They usually take between 30-60 minutes each and you can also sign up for podcasts, emails and text message reminders.

MY CHILD IS A TEENAGER—IS THERE AN ONLINE PROGRAM SUITABLE FOR ME?

Yes! There is Teen Triple P Online for parents of pre-teens and teens (10-16 years). Teen Triple P Online covers all of Teen Triple P’s strategies in six modules. Each module usually take between 30-60 minutes, and includes a fun mix of videos, worksheets, tips and activities. You can even sign up for podcasts, emails and text message reminders.

HOW DO I KNOW IT WILL WORK?

Triple P is one of the few parenting programs in the world with evidence to show it works. There are more than 290 trials and studies to show Triple P works for most families, in many different cultures, and in many different family situations. And the UN also says Triple P’s evidence base is the largest in the world. Triple P Online is also the first online parenting program proven to work.

SHOULDN’T PARENTING JUST COME NATURALLY?

You would never think of getting behind the wheel of a car without a few lessons, yet most of us raise our kids without knowing what works best, choosing bits and pieces we have learnt from our parents and friends, or picked up on Google. But Dr Matt Sanders, the clinical psychologist whose research forms the basis of Triple P, believes parenting is the most important job in the world. After decades working with families around the world, he says parents everywhere have similar goals—they want healthy, happy children, they want a little less stress, and they are relieved when they are given a few tips to make those goals happen more quickly and easily. 

WHERE DOES TRIPLE P COME FROM? 

The research home base of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is in Australia, at the University of Queensland’s Parenting and Family Support Centre. The Director of the center is Dr Matt Sanders, who is now regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on parenting. Today, there are hundreds of researchers in universities and institutions around the globe contributing findings that inform the development of new Triple P programs. Their work means Triple P has the largest evidence base of any parenting program in the world.

I DOn'T WANT TO DO A COURSE. WILL YOU GIVE ME SOME TIPS ANYWAY?

It is really important to us, as a parenting program that has been scientifically proven to work, to give parents the kind of information that will make a real difference to them and their families. Our research shows that parents get the best results when they do a guided program that is either guided by a provider, or is done methodically, through an online program. So, this website does not give quick tips, because that kind of advice is unlikely to work in the long term. What we can offer you is a ‘taste’ of Triple P with our hot parenting topics. When you read about Triple P and understand the thinking that is behind it, we hope you will agree its worth putting the time in to do a course—after all, we think it is important to give every child the very best start in life, and it could make your life happier and less stressed.

DO BOTH PARENTS HAVE TO DO THE COURSE?

It is great if both parents can do the course, although this is not essential. Triple P is also used very successfully by single parents. But families with both parents doing the course will experience many benefits at home working as a team to change their child’s or teen’s behavior. You will probably communicate better about parenting, argue and disagree less, and support each other more. Even if only one parent can attend, Triple P is still of great benefit.

CAN TRIPLE P HELP GRANDPARENTS, FOSTER PARENTS AND OTHER CARERS?

The principles of Triple P apply to anyone who cares for children. Grandparents and other caregivers often attend Triple P programs.

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