Tried & True™ teaches easy-to-learn techniques that address issues of communication, discipline, decision making, skill building, relationships, self-control and school success. Each skill and technique parents learn can be applied in any home environment and can help build and reinforce healthy family relationships. 

The format of our class is easy going, informal, hands-on and interactive, designed to include all learning modalities. Instruction, video, role-play and live examples help parents learn, practice and demonstrate new parenting skills in a neutral setting where our team of authorized trainers provide ongoing consultation and support. 

Classes are geared toward any parent, including those who are caring for foster, adoptive or biological children, grandchildren and/or otherwise. Sessions are designed with the unique needs of a variety of audiences in mind, including churches, non-profits, and social service agencies. 

Parents

If you are like us, your heart is to care deeply and love fully.  Yet sometimes that doesn't feel like enough as a parent.  As the world grows more complex and we find our kids needing to be armed with more tools to grow, thrive and become self-disciplined, let's link arms and do this together.  We will uncover our child's strengths and help them leverage their weaknesses.  Jump into a parenting series with us and learn the beauty of a community after the same goal.  After all, it takes a village!

Churches, non-profits and social service agencies

We love coming alongside faith-based organizations and other social service agencies who believe in a holistic model of developing the whole person.  How we were raised as a child impacts who we are now and how we care for our own kids today. Parenting is a beautiful and challenging calling.  It is a complex and precarious topic.  We want to normalize this call and enter into the family storyline to share loud and clear that it's never too late.  The story isn't over yet.  There is so much more to be shared and lived for all of us...whether grandparent, aunt, uncle, mother, father, daughter, son, sister or brother.  Hope, healing and growth are within reach for the families you support. 

research-Proven methods

Through Common Sense Parenting® techniques, learn the difference between general and Effective Praise to increase positive behaviors and decrease negative behaviors. Use Preventive Teaching to teach some of our 26 social skills, such as "how to accept no for an answer," "how to follow instructions", "how to disagree appropriately" or "how to receive criticism" to prevent problems before they start. Discover how techniques called Corrective Teaching and Teaching Self-Control can empower you to consequence children appropriately and effectively teach the alternative appropriate behavior while remaining calm in escalated moments.

We also incorporate Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) in the work we do with families, especially those with foster and adoptive children and/or children who have suffered trauma.  TBRI® is designed to meet the basic relationship and developmental needs of children and youth from "hard places," as well as the needs of the adults who seek to help them heal, learn and grow.

TBRI® is based on three foundational principles:  

  • Connecting Principles create connections that disarm fear, gain trust and enhance learning.
  • Empowering Principles empower learning and regulation by meeting physical and environmental needs.
  • Correcting Principles shape beliefs and behaviors and are dramatically effective because kids feel safe, connected and empowered!

TBRI® offers practical tools for parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone who works with children, to help those in their care reach their highest potential. Trust Based Relational Intervention® can be used in homes, residential treatment facilities, group homes, schools, court rooms, camps and international orphanages. 


Group Classes

New group classes are always forming. Group classes meet consistently for 6 weeks, and classes run for approximately 2.5 hours. The scheduling is flexible – suggested class frequency is every 1-2 weeks. Groups thrive best with a minimum of 4 families to allow for learning from shared experiences. Parenting handbook, textbook and all other training materials included. Light refreshments also provided. 

Individual Consultations

Specialized, one-on-one focus to meet the unique needs of your family. Each session lasts between 1-2.5 hours. Parent handbook, textbook and all other training materials included.