Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS POSITIVE PARENTING?

Positive parenting is simply an approach to parenting that gives parents tools and strategies to raise their child in an environment that is safe, loving and predictable. Triple P’s positive parenting allows parents to decide what is important to them. It does not tell parents how to raise their children, but gives them the confidence and skills to build good relationships with their child or teenager, set boundaries and rules, and follow up with consequences that are not harmful. Read more about what Triple P is.

WHAT IS TRIPLE P ONLINE?

Within Triple P Online, you cover all of Triple P’s positive parenting strategies for parents of toddlers to tweens (2-12 years). The eight modules are fun mix of videos, worksheets, tips and activities. They usually take between 30-60 minutes each, and you can also sign up for podcasts, emails and text message reminders.

I HAVE A TEENAGER — IS THERE AN ONLINE PROGRAMME FOR ME?

Yes! Teen Triple P Online is for parents of pre-teens and teens (10-16 years). Teen Triple P Online covers all of Teen Triple P’s strategies in six modules. Each module usually takes between 30-60 minutes, and includes a fun mix of videos, worksheets, tips and activities. And you can sign up for podcasts, emails and text message reminders.

HOW DO I KNOW IT'LL WORK?

Triple P is one of the few parenting programmes in the world with evidence to show it works. There are more than 300 trials and studies to show Triple P works for most families, in many different cultures, and in many different family situations. And the UN also says Triple P’s evidence base is the largest in the world. Triple P Online is also the first online parenting programme proven to work.

SHOULDN’T PARENTING JUST COME NATURALLY?

You'd never get behind the wheel of a car without a few lessons, yet most of us raise our kids without knowing what works best. We choose bits and pieces we've learnt from our parents and friends, or picked up on Google. But Professor Matt Sanders, the clinical psychologist whose research forms the basis of Triple P, believes parenting is the most important job in the world. After decades of working with families all over the globe, he says parents everywhere have similar goals: healthy, happy children and a little less stress! And it's a relief to get a few tips to make those goals happen more quickly and easily. 

WHERE DOES TRIPLE P COME FROM? 

The research home base of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is in Australia, at the University of Queensland’s Parenting and Family Support Centre. The Director of the centre is Professor Matt Sanders, who is now regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on parenting. Today, there are hundreds of researchers in universities and institutions worldwide, contributing findings that inform the development of new Triple P programmes. Their work means Triple P has the largest evidence base of any parenting programme in the world.

I DON'T WANT TO DO A COURSE. WILL YOU GIVE ME SOME TIPS ANYWAY?

Because we offer a parenting programme that's been scientifically proven to work, it's very important to give parents the kind of information that will make a real difference. Our research shows that parents get the best results when they do a guided program that is either delivered by a provider, or done methodically through an online program. Many other websites can offer quick tips, but that kind of advice is unlikely to work in the long term. What we can offer you is a ‘taste’ of Triple P with our hot parenting topics. Reading about Triple P and understanding the thinking behind it helps explain why it's worth putting in time in to do a course — to give every child the very best start in life, and to help make parents' lives better too, not just for a day or so but for years to come.

DO BOTH PARENTS HAVE TO DO THE COURSE?

It is great if both parents can do Triple P, although it's not essential. Triple P is also used very successfully by single parents, and even by separated couples who are co-parenting. (Each person uses their own access code.) When both parents do the course, they see the benefits of working as a team to change their child’s or teenager’s behaviour. It can also help you communicate better about parenting, argue and disagree less, and support each other more.

CAN TRIPLE P HELP GRANDPARENTS, FOSTER PARENTS AND OTHER CARERS?

The principles of Triple P apply to anyone who cares for children. Grandparents and other caregivers often attend Triple P programs. Aunties and uncles, nannies, and others who care for your child can do it too!