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Would you and your child benefit from learning helpful ways to teach your child skills in emotional intelligence? Tuning in to Kids™ is a parenting programme that helps tamariki learn to understand and regulate their emotions.

Research has found that parenting styles can influence a child's emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and control your emotions, as well as being able to communicate to others about how you feel.

Tamariki with good emotional intelligence often have better emotional, social, and physical functioning, as well as fewer behavioural difficulties.

How we help

Tuning in to Kids™ is a parenting programme that aims to give you helpful ways of teaching your child the skills of emotional intelligence. The programme teaches you about how you, as a parent, can help your child develop good emotional skills. It teaches parents:

Awareness & regulation of their own emotions

Awareness of their children's emotions

To use children's emotional experiences as an opportunity for closeness and teaching

Skills in assisting children to verbally label and manage their emotions

Skills in assisting children in problem solving

To guide children's behaviour with appropriate limits

Tuning in to Kids™ involves

  • Watching videos
  • Group discussions and exercises
  • Role plays
  • Reading information
  • Home activities where you try out different ways of responding to your child's emotions.

You are encouraged to share experiences and ideas within the group and group leaders may use these as examples to explain and teach the skills of emotion coaching.

Upcoming programmes

This programme has 6 x 2hr sessions held each Monday unless otherwise stated.

Venue: Presbyterian Support, 215 Tancred Street, Ashburton


  • Thursday 1 August - 5 September: 10 am - 12 pm

Where to start

Tuning in to Kids™ courses are run at regular intervals during the year in these locations:

  • Christchurch
  • Mid Canterbury
  • North Canterbury

If you would like more information about the programme, please contact us.

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