Parenting: The hardest job in the world! We all want what’s best for our children but we don’t always know what that is. We want you to know that you’re not alone and that help is available!

We provide courses for all stages of the parenting journey to help you learn about your child’s development, provide you with some new tools and support you to build a strong and secure relationship with your child, equipping them for the rest of their lives.

Scroll down to find out more about our courses and find out which ones are coming up soon

Upcoming Courses

We run our courses half-termly. To find out more about or other courses, see the dropdown menu above. If you don’t see the course that you are looking for below, please do send us an email.

A Mind of Their Own Parenting Short Course

3 Sessions

Starts Tuesday 16 April 2024 | 7 -9pm |Acomb Methodist Church, Front St, Acomb, York, Y024 3BX

This video and discussion-based short course addresses the emotional challenges our children face when navigating the complex world of the 21st century.

Tackling subjects like body confidence, self-esteem, dealing with failure and disappointment, and handling strong emotions, this course will help equip you to support your child in developing resilience and a positive mindset. 

Left To Their Own Devices Parenting Workshop

1 Session

Saturday 18 May 2024 | 9:30am – 12noon | Cornerstone, Millfield Lane, York YO10 3AP

This is a single video and discussion based session that addresses the challenges, concerns and benefits of parenting in a digital age.

Our role as parents and carers is to help keep our children safe and healthy….and this includes keeping them safe in the online world!

This session explores parenting concerns about gaming; online risks and safety; and how to set boundaries. It will help equip you with practical strategies and ideas to support your child more confidently in a world where they are ‘digital natives’.


Handling Anger in the Family – NOW FULLY BOOKED

4 Sessions

Starts Thursday 29th February | 7.30 – 9.30pm | St Giles’ Church, Copmanthorpe, York YO23 3SE

Anger can be a real taboo issue in parenting conversations. We want to change this at Family Matters York! Anger is a natural emotion, but a lot of us don’t know where it comes from or what to do with it – and this can have a real, negative impact on family life.

This course seeks to help parents understand their own anger, give tools to help their children understand theirs too, and offer some strategies to support parents & their children to handle anger in a positive way.

Other courses & events

These are the other courses & events that we will be running soon. Click on each one to find out more & register your interest.

Parenting in the early years

Parenting in the primary years

Parenting children with Additional Needs

What to expect from a parenting course

Each of our course descriptions above will tell you how many sessions your course will last for. Most of our courses run for 4 or 5 weeks, and you’ll meet at the same time and place each week. 

Each session will be hosted by two trained course facilitators, who will be ready to greet you as you arrive, and be available to answer any questions as they arise throughout the course. Anywhere between 6 and 12 parents will be attending the course alongside you.

The sessions will comprise a mixture of content; some upfront led, evidence-based idea sharing, group discussions & activities.  You will be encouraged to contribute to the sessions, but only to a level with which you feel comfortable.

If you sign up to an online course, you will be sent a zoom link the week before your first session, and the sessions will last  less than 2 hours, because we all know that zoom fatigue is real!!