Current parent courses

All of our courses are free to parents living in Hertfordshire, and are run by us – Francine and Lesley. We offer a range of topics to help parents to navigate the challenges of daily life.

Over the past 13 years, 95 per cent of our parent attendees would highly recommend our services to other parents.

Due to the current COVID19 pandemic, all our courses are being run online via Zoom.

To discuss commissioning Families in Focus’ Train the Trainer programmes for our CAN Parent certified, evidence-based, award-winning courses, please email and

2023 courses

Handling anger in the family

FREE 6 Week Handling Anger in your family (with primary aged children) for parents living in Hertfordshire via ZOOM (free downloadable app)

This CANparent quality mark course is for parents of primary aged children, and provides practical and proven techniques to reduce angry meltdowns in your family. The very popular, effective and award winning course offers:

  • Gain greater understanding of how anger and other emotions live in your family
  • Increase your understanding of triggers that cause angry outbursts
  • Learn healthy anger management strategies for children & parents to reduce angry outbursts
  • Discover creative ways to support children to ‘let go’ of anger safely
  • Gain effective empathic communication techniques to reduce angry outbursts
  • Meet and share experiences with other parents living in a similar family to your own
  • Helpful handouts each week


Parents need to attend all 6 sessions BOOK NOW! SPACES AVAILABLE!

Monday mornings 9.30-11.30

Jan 8th 15th 22nd 29th February 5th 12th

Parents need to attend all 6 sessions BOOK NOW! SPACES AVAILABLE!

Thursday mornings 9.30-11.30

January 11th 18th 25th February 1st 8th 15th

More courses Wednesday evenings, Thursday mornings coming in February 2024 bookings open in mid December

Parenting with empathy

A proven therapeutic approach for parents of children aged three to 11 years, to increase positive family communication to manage behaviours that challenge, reducing behaviours that challenge and building your family’s emotional wellbeing.

  • What empathic listening is and how and why it builds strong attachments in families.
  • Encouraging families to build a positive emotional language when managing anger and/or ’emotional traffic jams’.
  • Using Empathy to set clear expectations and boundaries to enable children to feel safe.
  • Delivered by trained and experienced facilitators, Francine and Lesley with over 20 years of personal and professional experience that is shared calmly, with clarity and in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.
  • Parents must be prepared to attend all sessions and live in the designated areas.

No current funding

Sleep solutions

Free to parents in Hertfordshire. A proven evidence-based and behavioural approach to help families get a better nights’ sleep. Together, in small interactive groups Lesley and Francine, who are licensed sleep practitioners with a wealth of experience, will help parents to restore healthy sleep. This course includes:T

  • Understanding the stages of sleep and impact of sleep deprivation on children’s behaviour and learning
  • Identifying the causes of sleep difficulties including a child’s sensory sensitivities
  • Supported to find ways to bring balance to your child’s sleep issues
  • Tips and ideas that help children go to sleep and stay asleep
  • Understanding and managing sleep problems such as night terrors and night mares
  • Learn how to actively listen and respond empathically to children to reduce concerns and feelings such as anxiety
  • Helping parents to create a routine & sleep induced environment to aid healthy sleep for the whole family


FREE for parents living in Hertfordshire only


Managing anxiety in your primary aged child

Funded by DSPL9 and FREE for parents and carers in Bushey, Radlett, Watford and Three Rivers, this evidence-based course is for those parenting children from four to 11 years-old and will enable you and your family to:

  • Increase your understanding of why children feel anxious.
  • Develop a greater understanding of the range of emotions that may be hidden and the effects on the whole family.
  • Understand triggers which increase anger and anxiety in children.
  • Learn helpful tips, ideas and creative ways to help children to communicate their emotions.
  • Learn strategies for parents to keep calm under pressure.
  • Help children to understand what calm is all about and how to achieve their best version of calm.
  • Use empathy to set clear rules and boundaries.
  • Develop supportive ways to respond to children’s difficult feelings.
  • Help children to become more emotionally literate and build strong attachments.


No current funding