Breakthrough Parenting®

Classes in San Antonio, TX

Breakthrough Parenting - Moving Your Family From Struggle to Cooperation is a 10-week course designed to increase your skills and knowledge as a parent. Emphasis is on developing parent/child self-esteem, using discipline to teach children, resolving conflict quickly effectively, promoting self-responsibility vs. parental control, understanding how children think, and co-parenting in difficult situations.

The goal of the course is to promote responsible, thinking, loving, and confident children by using proven parenting techniques. Most parents report not just immediate relief and positive long-term results with their children, they even see improved relationships in all areas of their lives.

The Breakthrough Parenting Classes are Court Approved 20 or 30 hour classes.

At the completion of the class, a 2-page individualized Letter of Completion for Family Court, CPS, DCFS, etc. is provided on request, and a Certificate of Completion.

Call Caring Options of San Antonio, LLC at  (210) 507-2299 for enrollment and to learn more about this award-winning skills-building parenting program.


Lesson 1 : Three Approaches to Raising Children

How to teach children to assume responsibility; discipline with love through influence and teaching instead of endless power struggles,

Lesson 2 : Identifying the Source of Behavior

How feelings, thoughts, and needs manifest;

Finding our balance by moving back to center, both in ourselves as parents and in our children;
Developing compassion in children;
How to teach responsibility (thinking, problem solving, and confidence) effectively.

Lesson 3 : Helping Children Build a Healthy Self-Esteem

How labels can become self-fulfilling prophecies;
How to reinforce good behavior;
Transforming children’s mistakes into positive learning experiences that stick

Lesson 4 : Communicating Effectively

A formula for receptive listening that gets children to tell you more, and then creates “teachable moments” where they listen to you intently;
How to do easy perception checking to avoid getting stuck in conflict;
How to communicate in discipline situations without getting into power struggles;
Assertive communication;
How to set boundaries without feeling rude;
How to avoid “the blame game” by focusing on what needs to be done to make things right.

Lesson 5 : Influencing Your Children Positively

Understanding how children learn;
How to be  Authoritative rather than Authoritarian;
Four leadership styles and when to use each;
Misguided parenting methods to avoid;
Understanding child abuse and neglect.
Problems with punishment:
How punishment can backfire,
How words can hit as hard as a fist
Effective discipline with less effort by using influence to teach instead of using punishment.
How to teach children to take responsibility from a young age;
Creating clear Agreements that actually work;
When to use different kinds of Agreements;
Using Natural and Logical Consequences instead of “Punishment Consequences”
Handling Temper Tantrums in Toddlers, Teens, and Adults
How to set boundaries without feeling “rude”
How to use Timeouts for reflection, not punishment

Lesson 6 : How Children Think

Understanding hoe Play Is A Child’s Work;
How children think in the ‘now’;
Why children think in ‘black and white’ until puberty;
Magical thinking (when children think they are responsible for all bad things in the family)
Appreciating your children’s multi-faceted mind beyond just “math and language” skills;
Using multiple senses to learn more effectively

Lesson 7 : How To Help Your Child Become A Responsible Adult

Understanding the six stages children need to go through to become responsible, capable, happy adults;
How children can get stuck in the ‘me, me, me’ or ‘people pleaser’ etc. stages

Lesson 8 : How To Reduce Stress and Resolve Family Conflicts Quickly and Effectively

15 specific and very powerful techniques for stress reduction
The common misunderstandings behind many conflicts; Four effective strategies for resolving conflict;
Using proper timing for more effective conflict resolution;
Avoiding the Victim Trap;
When to get outside help;
Building closeness in families


Lesson 9 : Talking About Sensitive Subjects

The many sensitive subjects beyond ‘the elephant in the living room’;
Preparing to talk about sensitive subjects;
‘You are as sick as your secrets’;
Seven important guidelines for talking about sensitive subjects;
Understanding how teenagers see and think differently;
Serious issues for teens;
Protecting children from their innocence;
How to talk with children about drug abuse, alcoholism, cults, internet dangers, divorce

Lesson 10 : Living A Self-Actualized Life

How to help children set goals and live consciously
Teaching about life-altering choices;
Teaching children how to make wise decisions.
Understanding the consequences of our choices
How ‘not choosing’ is also a choice.
Making the breakthrough to a Self-Actualized Life at each person’s maximum potential, with real satisfaction that is not temporary.

Jackie Hawkins, CBPI

Retired school nurse, extensive experience working with families in the school system as well as working as a family advocacy nurse specialist as a military spouse in late nineties working with childbearing families, from pregnancy to birth and beyond, providing care through home visits, telephone calls, newsletters and teaching classes dealing with every aspect of childbearing and childrearing.