Parenting Enrichment

Meeting the challenges of parenting



The PREPARE/ENRICH Parenting guides couples through the challenges of parenting and the intersection of marital and parental dynamics, raising awareness and building relationship skills. The assessment and counsel empowers parents giving them insight into their parenting style, family dynamics, and couple relationship. This option is best for any committed couple whose primary concerns are children and parenting issues.

Goals of the Parenting Version
  • Explore strengths and growth areas as partners and parents
  • Strengthen communication with your partner and children
  • Identify and manage parenting stress
  • Discuss parenting styles and how you work together as a team
  • Resolve couple and parenting issues
  • Increase parenting confidence and satisfaction

Parenting Content 

Standard PREPARE/ENRICH couple scales adapted for the Parenting Version:

  • Parenting Stress Profile
  • Co-Parenting or Step Parenting
  • Family Spiritual Beliefs (optional scale)
  • Family Map

Father-and-daughter-sScales that are unique to the Parenting Version:

  • Five Parenting Styles – Global
  • Five Parenting Styles – by Child
  • Confidence in Parenting
  • Child Behavior Issues Checklist
  • Family Communication
  • Family Satisfaction
  • Relationship Satisfaction by Child
  • Communication Satisfaction by Child

In addition to the parenting report content, workbook exercises are designed to help couples better understand themselves, their partner, and their parenting. Some of these exercises include creating a wish list for parenting, establishing a balanced parenting style, and designing a weekly family meeting.

What reviewers are saying about the PARENTING Version: 

“I love that it takes a picture of where the family and couple are in the moment and provides topics for guided conversation and focus that will allow parents, who’ve identified they have challenges, to live into their better vision for themselves. I love the level of detail as it relates to each child with each parent, building upon how the parents communicate and handle conflict.” 

“It brings to light dimensions of parenting that couples aren’t always aware of, especially when distressed. Also it is good that it addresses the complexities of stepfamilies. I especially like the ‘Parenting Styles’- very useful.



Session Details

  • For parents with concerns about parenting issues.
  • Two 55/min sessions – more sessions can be arranged if needed.
  • Includes costs for the Prepare/Enrich assessment and report
  • $250 for 2 sessions 
  • $210  for students, pensioners, and low income earners with a health care card.

Appointments are face-to-face in-person (Brisbane region) only – no Skype.

Make an appointment by contacting me here

Why Do I Use Prepare/Enrich?

For over thirty years, PREPARE/ENRICH has led the way in helping couples explore and strengthen their relationships and now there is a specific assessment tool for parenting. The main component of the program is an online survey you each complete in about 30-45 minutes. PREPARE/ENRICH is not just any survey. The items you respond to are based on research and are intended to help you identify the unique strengths and potential growth areas of your parenting. I have been trained to provide feedback by helping you understand your results and learn important relationship skills. Built on a solid research foundation, PREPARE/ENRICH has been improved and refined over the years to become one of the best, most effective, easy-to-use relationship assessment tools available.

Counsellor Jennifer James’s remark that “the first half of our lives is spoiled by our parents, and the last half by our children” humorously describes the mixed blessing of parenthood felt by many. Couples often refer to parenting as the most rewarding and the most frustrating experience in their lives. And since research reveals an interdependent relationship between quality of parenting and quality of the couple relationship, assessing both areas is helpful for couples who are parenting children.

In a survey of 50,000 marriages, 82% of couples agreed with the statement “having children has reduced our marital satisfaction.” And satisfaction with how the responsibility of parenting is shared was the most significant issue distinguishing happy couples from unhappy couples. Happily married couples were twice as likely (61%) to report being satisfied with how child rearing and parenting is shared than were unhappily married couples (30%).


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