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Real Parenting

Are you or your children struggling with your emotions? Do you feel stressed and out of control?  

Would you like to find greater happiness in your family life?  Then our Real Parenting workshops are a great place to start

If you work in a church or community centre would you like to run a real parenting course? 

Real Parenting is a four-week parenting skills course for parents of children from birth up to the end of primary school age. The course helps you to build positive relationships and find greater happiness in your family life. Courses and parenting skills workshops are running across the UK, with more added all the time. 

Who developed Real Parenting?

Real Parenting has been developed by Spurgeons. We create family hubs where we’re needed most, providing support with mental health, special educational needs, domestic abuse and all of family life’s challenges. We work through centres, churches, schools and prisons. Putting children first in everything.

Motivated by a strong desire to help more families thrive, Spurgeons has put their decades of mental health and family support experience to good use. ‘Real Parenting’ equips community leaders such as churches and other organisations to deliver safe, effective parent support in local groups. 


A series of parenting workshops, which offer an opportunity for parents to share their struggles and explore practical solutions, helping you to build positive relationships and find greater happiness in your family life. 

Is the Real Parenting course suitable for me?  

The course is designed for parents of babies, toddlers and children of primary school age. 

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What can you expect if you attend one of our free Real Parenting workshops and courses? 


Over four 1.5 hour sessions, the community leader will share engaging videos, facilitate lively group discussions and give simple, effective tips and guidance to help you get the best from your children and enjoy being a parent. 


When the parenting skills workshops are complete you will also be given the opportunity to stay connected with your local group, your community facilitator and the wider Spurgeons digital family hub online, so if you do want more support, we will still be here for you. 

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Why do we call it ‘real’ parenting?

There are too many parenting courses out there that do not acknowledge just how hard parenting really is. Real Parenting aims to keep things real. We are not striving for perfection; we know the immense challenges that parents face and we never judge. 


Real is an acronym which illustrates our approach to parenting; Realistic, Empowering, Accessible and Loving. 


If you’d like to help your children to be the very best version of themselves, and feel happier as a parent too, then get involved. 

What are the benefits of attending a real parenting course?  


  • It is completely free of charge
  • You will be made to feel welcome and supported
  • You can make new friends and connections
  • You will see a difference in your children’s behaviour and your own wellbeing

Would you like to set up a real parenting course in your church or community?  

If you’d like to help families in your local community to grow and become the very best version of themselves, then get involved. 


You will receive full training and support, completely free of charge. 


You can connect with Spurgeons and other organisations delivering ‘real parenting’. 


You will be making a real difference in the lives of the families in your local community. 

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Need support with using our Real Parenting course? 

Let us know by filling out our resource support form. 

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