The Bringing Up Great Kids program and the BUGK Early Years program is built on the understanding that parents need good support to be the kind of parents they aspire to be. It recognises the significant challenges faced by parents and provides self-care strategies for them. It also helps parents understand that there is no perfect recipe for raising great kids.
The program uses ideas of mindfulness and reflection to support parents to review and enhance their patterns of communication with their children. It promotes respectful interactions and encourages the development of children’s positive self-identity.
BUGK is fun, interactive and guilt-free. The focus is not on acquiring skills to improve children’s behaviour but offers a general overview about parenting. It gives parents practical help to understand the emotional development of their children, develop attentive communication skills with them, and enjoy the two-way learning journey of parenthood.
The program is structured as an unfolding story that centres around six chapters. Each chapter builds upon the previous, helping parents to improve their approach to parenting. It is child-centred, family focussed and strengths based.
By the end of the program parents will:
- Know how to build positive and respectful relationships with their children
- Identify how to respond to their children’s needs
- Understand their parenting styles
- Understand the messages they give and receive
- Be able to source information and support for their parenting roles