from Timid to Tiger Parenting Group

From Timid to Tiger is a parenting-based approach to managing anxiety in primary school aged children. It is based on evidence that anxious children benefit from a parenting style that is clear, calm and consistent whilst being sympathetic to the symptoms that children feel as a result of anxiety.

Many children struggle to articulate their thoughts, feelings and sensations. It can be very frustrating and exhausting to try to encourage your child to manage their anxiety and the impact this has on family life.

The Timid to Tiger course aims to explore the role of anxiety within a family, how it develops and how parents/careers are well placed to support children who frequently feel anxious. The sessions will offer practical tips and advice on things that parents can do to help their child cope with their anxiety and overcome challenges they face. The small group sessions will be run for 2 hours per week for 10 weeks and each parent will identify personal goals to enable them to focus on achieving positive change.

What to expect from Sessions 1-10

family support - therapy

1. Introduction to the programme
2. Securing the parent-child bond through non-directive play
3. Understanding your child’s anxiety
4. Using praise to build children’s confidence
5. Using rewards to get the child motivated
6. Setting limits on anxious children’s behaviour
7. Using withdrawal of attention to manage children’s behaviour
8. Managing worry
9. Managing really difficult behaviour
10. Review of the work

Hear from people who have taken the course

Please note that names have been kept anonymous for privacy of our clients.

You have taught us the importance of play and quality time, helped me to understand my child’s anxieties and praise has now become a natural thing in our house. I am able to better understand my child as a person now. Your service has really opened my eyes to it all. Thank you so much. I really will miss our sessions.


I was always listened to about my concerns and difficulties with kindness and support. The group helped me to see that I am not the only one struggling with an anxious child. Your strategies were so helpful in supporting me to help my child to become more confident.


Even though it was a group, I felt that the therapist really knew my situation and understood what my family were going through. They helped me achieve my goals and were 100% supportive throughout. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is struggling with an anxious child. Things can and do get better!


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