For over the last ten years (since 2002 approx) Jane has been leading Positive Parenting courses for both church and the wider community. There are two courses, Time Out for Parents  and Time Out for Teens.   The first is designed for  parents with children of primary school ages, and the second for parents of teenagers. The latter is  also ideal for parents with children approaching their teenage years.

Jane brings her extensive experience to this topic of parenting.  She is not only mother of four, including twins, and grandmother of six, but also a licensed facilitator and presenter of the Positive Parenting courses.  She has enjoyed leading numerous courses, and received extremely encouraging feed back from parents.    She has also been invited  to present taster sessions at schools (for parents) and in churches. She has also led one-off workshop sessions covering some of the key topics in this material.

These courses are promoted by Care for the Family, and we have found them to be extremely popular and very helpful.

The topics covered include the following:

Time Out For Parents (TOFP)

  • Understanding temperament and how to meet emotional needs
  • Building self-esteem
  • Parenting styles
  • Listening skills
  • Behavioural issues and problem solving

Time Out for Teens (TOFT)

  • Temperament and emotional needs
  • Why it’s tough being a teenager
  • Parenting styles
  • Communication
  • Tools for handling conflict and problem solving

There are extra optional sessions covering:

  • TOFP – Teen Zone, Importance of Play, Right Start – Food and fitness, Keeping sane as a parent.
  •  TOFT – What to say about sex and sexuality, and Step parenting.

These courses consist of eight weekly sessions each of an hour and a half, and include a handbook for parents, and numerous hand-outs on relevant parenting issues. Jane is also a facilitator of the one-off session Teen Transition Workshop.


These courses offer a tremendous resource in reaching out to parents throughout communities and especially through schools. We can help by introducing these courses to church leadership teams and running one off taster sessions.

Please do contact us if we can help resource you in this very important ministry.