Parents PEACE

lighthouse icon The Parents PEACE Program

This program began in 2005 as an adjunct to the Youth Peer Program. It is EPIC’s goal to provide an educational and supportive program for parents who wish to improve the relationship they have with their child.
The PEACE in Parents PEACE stands for:

Practicing Esteem-building, Awareness, Communication and Evaluation

“I look forward to group. They really help a lot. I will be lost over the summer.”

Ann McPhee 16Every Monday night, parents meet in the Youth Peer facility with Ann McPhee, the facilitator for the program. Issues of parenting are discussed. The parents are frequently joined by Management Team partners and other community agency representatives who speak on issues that can directly impact parent-child relationships. The nights when speakers are not present, Ann focusses the sessions on specific parenting issues that the participants are dealing with or have requested.

One of the features that makes this parenting program uniquely helpful is that it is offered continuously throughout the school year. Parents may begin at any time and are welcome to participate as long as they like. There is no charge for this service.

Ann and the parents have as a tool for tackling real-life parenting issues, The Parents PEACE Framework developed by EPIC (see below).

A few popular topics explored by the group:

Anger Management,
Teen Sexuality,
Adolescent Mental Health,
Substance Abuse,
Discipline and Parental Stress,

“I felt these sessions really help with all different situations. Even just to be able to talk an see you are not the only one out there experiencing difficulty.”

Sessions are held on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
downstairs at the Sydney Adult High School

290 Whitney Avenue
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 5A6

telephone: 902 539-8228
fax: 902 539-7407

lighthouse iconThe Parents PEACE Framework

This framework—which puts the “P.E.A.C.E” in Parents PEACE—is designed to give a parent ready, easy-to-understand and remember tools for dealing with all kinds of parenting situations.


No parent has all the answers
Communication, and
Evaluation builds confidence, hope, and gradual improvements.


Treat yourself and your child as human beings worthy of dignity and respect at all times. Forgive yourself and your child when expectations are not met.


Stop the action
Identify your part in the situation, actions and emotions
Think about how everyone’s behaviors and emotions mix to bring about conflict or resolution


Taking the time arrowarrowarrow
Talking and listeningarrowarrowarrow
Two-way interaction buildsarrowarrowarrow
Trust which leads to a parent’s ability toarrowarrowarrow
Teach which is another word for Disciplinearrowarrowarrow
Good communication is a loop. Keep it going.arrowarrowarrow


Do I feel good about myself?
Do I understand my child better?
Do I feel better understood by my child?
Do my actions allow my child to have hope?
Do my actions help me feel closer to my child?
Remember: there are no quick fixes to complex problems.
It is all about Practicing. Take some slow deep breaths and begin again with renewed confidence and hope.


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A .pdf file is available on our Resources page: here.

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