The ALPHA Parenting Children Course is for any parents, step-parents, prospective parents or carers of children aged 0 – 10 years.


  • Children do not arrive with an instruction manual

  • No role we undertake is more important than parenting.

  • Family life is under great pressure today and parents face bewildering choices about how to parent effectively.

Discovering we are not alone in the challenges we face and picking up ideas from other parents can make a huge difference. We can all learn how to make even the happiest family better.

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The Parenting Children Course was developed by Nicky and Sila Lee, authors of The Marriage Book and The Parenting Book. They have been married for over thirty years, have four children and three grandchildren, and live in London. They started The Parenting Children Course in 1990, and it continues to spread with many courses now running around the world.


The Parenting Children Course is made up of five weekly sessions lasting 2¼ hours, including time for a meal. Each session may be split into two and run over ten shorter sessions lasting 1½ hours.

Session topics:


  • Building strong foundations

  • Meeting our children’s needs

  • Setting boundaries

  • Teaching healthy relationships

  • Our long term aim

Over seven sessions of the course you will discover practical tools to help you:

  • Understand each other’s needs

  • Communicate more effectively

  • Grow closer through resolving conflict

  • Heal the ways you’ve hurt each other

  • Recognize how your upbringing affects your relationship

  • Improve relationships with parents and in-laws

  • Develop greater sexual intimacy

  • Discover each other’s love languages and much, much more!


•Are you a parent, step-parent or carer of one or more children aged 0 to 10 years?

•Are you expecting your first child?

•Would you like your family life to be the best it can be?


If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, then this course is for you, whether you feel all is going well or you are facing challenges. This course is for every type of parenting situation, including parenting on your own, step-parenting and parenting as a couple.


While The Parenting Children Course is based on Christian principles, it is designed for parents and carers with or without a Christian faith.



Each session includes:


  • A fantastic atmosphere that is welcoming, encouraging and fun.

  • A delicious meal or snack – each session begins with something to eat and drink, giving you space to relax and chat to other parents or carers.

  • Practical talks that are informative and fun.

  • Small groups based on the age of your eldest child so that you can meet other parents and carers who have lots in common with you.

  • Time to discuss the challenges you are facing and how to establish long term strategies for your own family.  However, you will not be required to share anything about your family life that you would prefer not to. Every part of the course is optional, including contributing to the small group discussions.

Whatever your situation, the practical tools you learn can help you to improve and strengthen your family life.

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