Short Online Parenting Courses

Sign up for one of these self-paced online courses to solve parenting challenges:

Setting Limits and Building Co-operation

Taming Sibling Rivalry

Helping Children with Aggression

Say Goodbye to Separation Anxiety

Helping Children Sleep

Raising Happier Tweens

Building a Listening Partnership


Two adults delight in children.

“Delight in You”, photo courtesty of Community Transformations.

Take one of these short, online parenting courses to solve common parenting challenges:

  • Kids won’t listen to a thing you say and pushing the limits all the time
  • Constantly squabbling and fighting with each other
  • New sibling arriving soon
  • Your child hitting/biting
  • Sleep issues causing strife in your household
  • Having trouble with transitions and short separations
  • “Tween”/teen troubles

You can get help, immediately, without even leaving home!  I regularly recommend these courses to the parents I work with.  They are packed with useful, practical information, and explain how Hand in Hand Parenting applies to areas of common difficulty for parents.  You will get fresh perspectives and practical tools to solve common parenting challenges, and help get more closeness and fun into your relationship with your children.

What you get:

Each Course consists of

  • Three targeted weeks of video instruction from Hand in Hand Founder, Patty Wipfler, divided into 10-15 minute segments for easy retention;
  • Full 9 e-booklet Listening to Children set, including: Listening Partnerships for Parents, How Children’s Emotions Work, Special Time, Playlistening, Tantrums and Indignation, Reaching for your Angry Child, Crying, Healing Children’s Fears and Setting Limits.

Cost: These Courses are great value for money (most cost $US55).  Each Course explains the Hand in Hand approach, and outline the Listening Tools as they apply to the particular challenge you face – whether it is getting your two year old to sleep, or getting your 12 year old to talk!

Note: if you wish to purchase more than one Short Online Course, please contact Madeleine here.  The links provided when you sign up here are unique to you and can only be used once.

Add in-person support: Get help applying this in your family. Many parents also find it helpful to compliment these courses with a parenting consultation. I can help you develop and implement a plan tailored to the specific circumstances in your family.

Not sure which is best for you? Book a free 20 minute consultation.  If you need a longer time, you can book a one-on-one consultation.

Setting Limits and Building Co-operation

Learn valuable new skills for building co-operation and solving problems in your family. Get a step by step process for making limit setting a positive experience and getting more good times in your family life. Learn why children test limits, how to build and repair connection with them so you can solve problems, and how to defuse power struggles and deal with your own frustrations and exhaustion.  Cost $US55  Register Here

Taming Sibling Rivalry

Are your children constantly bickering?  Does it seem that things are rarely right between them?  Get fresh perspectives about family dynamics and new ways to creatively respond to difficult moments.   There is no instant fix, but over time Hand in Hand’s Listening Tools will dissolve tensions between siblings, reduce your stress levels and build closeness, co-operation, respect and understanding. This is not the typical approach like: “Don’t do that or I’ll send you to your room”. We explain why rewards, punishments and consequences often don’t work that well, and how to focus instead on building your relationship and connection with your children. Children need this connection to be able to function well, learn and get along. Our approach can be challenging to use, but the results over time are deeply rewarding.  Cost $US55 Register Here

Helping Children With Aggression

Learn concrete, effective tools for stopping your child’s aggressive behaviour and strengthen their connection with you. Understand what drives them to hit and lash out, and learn ways of responding which will build your relationship with your child and deal with underlying causes. Get a step by step process for proactively dealing with problems before the punch lands, and cleaning up the mess when you get there too late. Cost $US55 Register Here

Say Goodbye to Separation Anxiety

Discover the roots of your child’s anxiety and develop confidence in addressing their difficulties around transitions – tantrums, aggression or crying.  Learn concrete tools to loosen the hold of anxiety on your child, stop the behavior, and strengthen their relationship with you.  Leaving your child for short times shouldn’t be that hard, and this gives you concrete ways to tackle the feelings that come up – building your child’s confidence and your peace of mind when you have to leave.  Cost $US55 Register Here

Helping Children Sleep

Hand in Hand Parenting offers effective and supportive ways to “put sleep issues to bed” and resolve the emotional tensions which make bedtime difficult and wake children at night. Children experience sleep as separation, and to help them, you will need to build and repair a strong sense of connection with you. Children need your help to get through the difficult emotions which wake them at night, and you will need ways to set loving, firm limits to resolve sleep issues. You will get new understandings of your child’s sleep anxieties, and get 5 concrete “parent-tested” steps you can take to achieve a relaxed sleep for everyone.  Cost $US55 Register Here

Raising Happier Tweens

As you approach the teen years, things begin to change. But you can stay close and connected to your child as they grow older. This course gives you the roadmap and the tools to navigating the “tween” years – the ‘attitude’, the sense that your child is withdrawing, the sudden blowups, and how to set limits so that everyone is kept safe.  Cost $US55 Register Here 

Building a Listening Partnership – Reducing the Stress of Parenting

We parents are doing some of the world’s most complex work. We need places where we can work through our parenting challenges, reflect on our experiences and make plans for our family.  In a confidential environment, we need to “download” the strong feelings we often have about parenting and about our children. When we do this, we are able to respond more flexibly to our children, effectively resolving difficulties and building connection with them.

Listening Partnerships  are the regular exchange of Listening Time between parents.  They provide and way to build ongoing support for yourself as a parent.  They are the foundation of the Hand in Hand approach.  I’ve built a network of supportive and skilled Listening Partners, and used this Listening Tool to resolve many parenting (and other!) challenges  over many years.  I find my Listening Partnerships invaluable.

This self-guided online course provides a step-by-step guide to the process of beginning and developing a Listening Partnership. It covers:

  • why things get hard for parents
  • how parents can help one another recover from emotional hurt
  • guidance on offloading tension caused by grief, anger, guilt, frustration, fear, exhaustion, and much more.

This course costs $US89.  Register Here


What will I get if I take one of these online courses?

  • Access to hours of video material presented by Hand in Hand Parenting founder, Patty Wipfler. These can be watched as many times as you wish, whenever you wish, for several months.
  • Each course is divided into three video “classes” covering the key issues, presented in 10-15 minute segments – so you can work through the course in bite size pieces.
  • Learn about several practical Listening Tools to practise at home with your children. These will help you build, strengthen and repair your relationship with your child, and tackle difficulties.
  • “Listening to Children” e-booklet set and other reading materials.

How do these courses work?

You can start anytime. Once you have registered and paid, you will be sent an email inviting you to join the online classroom. Once you have logged in there, you can start immediately. All you need is high-speed internet access.

How long will the Course take to finish?

You can expect that it will take you between 3-6 weeks to complete the course, but you have access to the online classroom for several months.

Who is this for:

Mothers, fathers and carers of children aged 2-10 (although the Listening Tools we teach will work well with children from birth through to adulthood).

The “Raising Happier Tweens” course is suitable for parents of children aged 9+.

 What is hand in Hand Parenting?

Hand in Hand Parenting is an approach which puts your relationship with your children at the centre.  We  provide practical tools for building closeness, a sense of connection and emotional safety with your children, offering children assistance, guidance and course correction through limit setting, and getting support for yourself.  Our consistent experience is that a focus on connection provides the basis for resolving difficulties in family life.  The approach was developed by Hand in Hand Parenting, a not-for-profit based in Palo Alto, California, founded in 1989 by Patty Wipfler. Hand in Hand now works world-wide with parents, parent leaders and professionals who support parents. You can learn more here.

Who is the Course facilitator?

Patty Wipfler is the founder and Program Director of Hand in Hand Parenting. She brings warmth, compassion and the deepest respect for parents and children, as well as a wealth of experience working with parents and children. She cares deeply about parents, and the emotional work that we do.

I want to talk to someone about how to apply Hand in Hand in my family?

These online courses provide a wonderful introduction to the Hand in Hand approach to parenting. Sometimes, however, it is great to have someone to ask questions of, and to talk to about what you are learning. Please feel free to contact me for a free 20 minute consultation. If you need a longer time, you can book a one-on-one consultation here.  I look forward to hearing from you!


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