What is the Tuning In To Kids program?

Tuning in to Kids is a parenting program that helps children learn to understand and regulate their emotions. Previous research has found that parenting styles can influence a child’s emotional intelligence.


Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and control your emotions, as well as being able to communicate to others about how you feel.


Children with good emotional intelligence often have  better emotional, social, and physical functioning, as well as fewer behavioural difficulties.

Tuning in to Kids is a parenting program that aims to give you helpful ways of teaching your child the skills of emotional intelligence. The program teaches you about how you, as a parent, can help your child develop good emotional skills.



  • Awareness and regulation of their own emotions

  • Awareness of their children’s emotions

  • To use children’s emotional experiences as an opportunity for closeness and teaching

  • Skills in assisting children to verbally label and manage their emotions

  • Skills in assisting children in problem solving

  • To guide children’s behaviour with appropriate limits


Tuning in to Kids involves watching a DVD, group discussions and exercises, role plays, and home activities where you can try out different ways of responding to your child’s emotions.




Tuning in to kids for DADS





Dads Tuning in to Kids is an evidence-based adaptation of the widely used Tuning in to Kids® parenting program.


It's been developed for father-only parenting groups.

The program focuses on the father-child emotional connection.


It teaches fathers the skills in emotion coaching that are taught in Tuning in to Kids®, provides additional content particularly relevant to fathers, and suggests modifications to some program activities and processes.

Dads Tuning in to KidsTM has been strongly endorsed by fathers who have attended, with feedback that a fathers-only option is a very welcome addition to the parenting programs currently on offer.


A randomised control trial of the program showed positive outcomes including improving parenting, parent-child relationships and child behaviour.


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