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McMaster Childrens Hospital

Community Parent Education Service

McMaster Children's Hospital

COPEing with Toddler Behaviour (CWTB) is an 8-session parenting course designed to enhance parents’ skills in preventing challenging behaviour in toddlers. The course uses parenting styles theory and toddler behaviour guidance as a framework and active adult learning principles. CWTB is appropriate for any parent or caregiver of a toddler 12 to 36 months old, including those at risk social, emotional, behavioural, or developmental difficulties.

Session topics include how to use an authoritative (“backbone”) parenting style and foster a positive parent-child relationship, have appropriate developmental expectations, tailor parenting to child temperament, prevent challenging behaviours by planning ahead, using praise, and giving choices, respond to challenging behaviour by setting limits, redirecting, and ignoring inappropriate behaviour, and modify the environment to limit conflict. In CWTB, large groups of parents (12-40) sit at tables of 4-6 parents each and watch video clips of confederate parents making exaggerated errors in common parent-child interaction situations. They discuss in their small groups (i.e., at their tables) the errors and the impact of the errors, as well as alternatives and the benefits of the alternatives. Large group discussion follows each small group discussion. Parents practice skills in structured home practice assignments and, in the following session, discuss their home practice and get peer support for their efforts. Each of the eight weekly sessions of CWTB is two hours long.

CWTB parenting courses have been conducted in early years centres, child care settings, children’s mental health centres, children’s treatment centres, family resource centres, churches, schools, recreation centres, and hospitals. Two-day facilitator training workshops, a detailed facilitator manual, and videotape/DVD have allowed CWTB courses to be conducted successfully throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.

What Parents Say about CWTB
“Excellent program, lots of helpful information! Good leaders.”

“Lively, informative, and involving.”

“I found that talking to other parents was very helpful. It made me realize that I am not alone and a lot of what I am experiencing is perfectly normal.”

“I thought the program was excellent. I learned a lot of valuable information to help make myself a better parent.”