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Parents PEACE

Parents PEACE has been ongoing since 2004. It arose in response to  an EPIC goal to provide an educational and supportive program for parents or caregivers who wish to improve the relationship they have with their child/children.


Parents meet in the Youth Peer facility each Monday night with facilitator Ann McPhee. 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.



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

—Parents PEACE participant

Who, What, When, Where

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

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.

The types of issues discussed:

  • Anger Management

  • Teen Sexuality

  • Adolescent Mental Health

  • Bullying

  • Substance Abuse

  • Discipline and Parental Stress

  • Food Security

The 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

  • Practicing

  • Esteem-building,

  • Awareness,

  • 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

  • Talking and listening

  • Two-way interaction builds

  • Trust which leads to a parent’s ability to

  • Teach which is another word for Discipline

  • Remember:

  • Good communication is a loop. Keep it going.


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.

This framework is copyrighted © by EPIC under a Creative Commons License. For more information on the copyright rules please click on the link below. We are happy to share the Framework for non-commercial use with two simple conditions.


  1. please contact us at to let us know you wish to use the Parents PEACE Framework.

  2. include the attribution:

EPIC – Educational Program Innovations Charity Society:

© 2005 – 2018 [or current year];

on any and all printed versions of the Framework.

A .pdf file is available on our Made by EPIC page.

We appreciate your interest and cooperation. Thanks.

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