What is the Tuning In To Kids program?

Tuning in to Kids™ is a parenting program that helps children learn to understand and regulate their emotions. Previous 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. Children with good emotional intelligence often have better emotional, social, and physical functioning, as well as fewer behavioural difficulties.

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

  • awareness and 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 video material, group discussions and exercises, role plays, reading information, and home activities where you try out different ways of responding to your child’s emotions. Parents 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.

For information about a Tuning in to Kids™ parenting program near you, please contact Ann Harley

Parent Feedback

Parents who have participated in the program have reported that they found it very useful for relating not only to their children, but also to other members of their family, their friends, colleagues, and people they interact with in their lives. At the same time they reported while the concepts in the program were very logical and simple, it was often difficult to put Emotion Coaching skills into practice. The quotes below provide an indication of the range of experiences of program participants.

‘It was easy to understand, but felt very strange doing it at first’

‘The entire family is now more conscious of their own and other’s feelings/emotions.’

‘Thank you for the chance to do the program — it is the best thing I have done to improve my relationship with my kids.’