Strengthening Families: Three Instant Stress-Busters is delighted to be able to share some worksheets and tip sheets from the Strengthening Families Programme. The materials provide practical tips and ideas to help parents build strong and healthy relationships with their children.

This is the third in the series and builds on the last worksheet, Notice and Compliment the Good Daily which gave some practical ideas on how to build strong relationships with our child and ensuring the know they are loved and valued by noticing what is god about them and praising them regularly.

Sometimes, in the rush and stress of daily life, it can be difficult to step back and really appreciate what is good about those around us. This worksheet gives some simple exercises that you can do anywhere and anytime and can be learned by everyone in the family.  They will help you to de-stress so that you can relax, let go of the stress and see and appreciate the good in those around you.

We’d love to hear your ideas on how you find ways to de-stress and relax so that you can fully engage with your children. Please share in the comments below.

The Strengthening Families Programme (SFP) is an evidence-based 14-week family skills training programme that involves the parents and teens/children in three classes run on the same night once a week. Families enjoy a meal on arrival, then parents and teens /children engage in separate skills based sessions for 1 hour. This is followed by a family skills session in the second hour, where skills are practiced with parents and teens/children. Incentives such as rewards for attendance, child minding and transport are also offered to enable families to complete the programme and remove barriers to attendance (UNODC, 2010).

If you would like more information on the Strengthening Families Programme, please see If you would like information on the delivery of programmes in Limerick, please contact Joe Slattery with the CSMT at or 061-317688.

Reference: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2010) Compilation of Evidence-Based Family Skills Training Programmes, United Nations, New York.