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Parenting Tips

It is extremely rewarding and enjoyable to be a parent but is not always easy. Being a parent involves caring for, protecting, teaching, and guiding children and young people. However, being a good parent is not something that comes naturally or just happens.

Have realistic and reasonable expectations for your child and yourself.

Create a warm, loving, safe environment for your child

Use positive strategies to encourage your child’s learning.

Have realistic and reasonable expectations for your child and yourself.

Avoid conflict in front of your child, show them how to solve problems calmly

If you are concerned about your child’s behavior or the way you are handling certain situations with your family, look for advice and set yourself some goals for change.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I learn in Triple P parenting?

Triple P Parenting recognizes that parents are the experts about their children. In all Triple P classes, it is YOU, the parent, who will decide the goals you would like to set for your child and yourself, and YOU who will select the parenting strategies to try at home with your child to achieve those goals.

Triple P will introduce you to 17 strategies to help you achieve your parenting goals, improve your relationship with your child, and confidently manage child misbehavior. Some of the specific ways these strategies may be useful to you and your family are by helping you to:

  • Improve your interactions with your child through use of special time and praise
  • Be clear and confident when talking with your child
  • Develop realistic and age-appropriate expectations for your child’s behavior
  • Monitor your child’s behavior and set goals for behaviors that you would like to see more of, as well as those you would like to decrease.
  • Encourage desirable child behaviors through positive reinforcement
  • Manage child misbehavior using effective, non-punitive strategies
  • Control your anger when your child misbehaves or pushes your buttons
  • Manage your stress
  • Prevent child behavior problems at times when your child may be most at risk of misbehaving (for example, at restaurants, in the supermarket, waiting in a waiting room or line)
Who may take Triple P parenting classes?

Triple P parenting classes are intended for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, and teens ages 13 to 17.

The classes are appropriate for almost anyone caring for a child: birth parents, foster parents, guardians, relative caregivers, and babysitters. They are also approved by the Human Services Agency (HSA) for parents needing to fulfill a parent education case plan requirement.

How do I find out when / where Triple P classes are offered?

Click here to find out where and when upcoming Triple P classes are being held.

What languages are Triple P classes offered in?

Triple P classes in San Francisco are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin. 

Is childcare provided at Triple P classes?

Childcare is provided free of charge for in-person parenting classes. 

Is food provided?

Food is provided for in-person parenting classes.

Is transportation assistance provided?

Please reach out to the facilitators if you need assistance with transportation to your parenting classes.

How long are the classes?

Triple P Group + Pathways classes are comprised of 11-13 weekly 2 hour sessions. You will need to complete 75% of the content-focused sessions (e.g., not counting graduation) in order to graduate. 

Is there anything else I should know about Triple P classes?

The PTI is committed to providing San Franciso’s families with parenting supports that are accessible, respectful, and helpful. To ensure that all parents attending Triple P classes are aware of the supports available to them (such as free childcare and transportation), a 1-page PTI Promise to Parents is given to each parent at the first class session. 

About Triple P

For more information about the Triple P program, please see Triple P America’s website here. For information about finding a free Triple P class in San Francisco, please click here

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