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No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you.

And you open your eyes, look at what you've got, say "Oh, my gosh,"

and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop.

It's not a question of choice.


Marisa de los Santos

Filial Play Coaching/Mentoring

An invitation to be the agent of change in your child's life.


Filial Play Coaching/ Mentoring is based on the Play Therapy International (PTI) Model. It is a short to medium term intervention.


As a filial play coach, the play therapist will empower you to be the agent of change in improving your child's emotional state and behaviour. With 1:1 support from Rose Marie Ahrens, you will be empowered through play to better listen and communicate with your child, and so, strengthen your parent-child relationship, giving your family re-newed hope.

The PTI coaching model requires a commitment from you and Rose Marie for approximately 12 to 16 weeks.

During this time you and she will meet once a week, to explore and strengthen parenting skills such as focusing, reflecting, consistency and setting limits, by using toys and the creative arts media, e.g. playdoh. You will practise this skill through your play with your child. You and your child will play for  10 minutes five times a week through the course of your work together.

Here is a glimpse of what your play with your child would look like when you and the play therapist embark on the filial play coaching/ Mentoring journey >


Currently, the play therapist provides Filial Play Coaching/Mentoring services only to the parents of children enrolled in her school. Parents are asked to make a contribution towards costs incurred to the play therapist, so as to help her maintain therapeutic services at pro bono. If making enquiries to seek services, please state the school your child is enrolled in.

Some Parenting Resources

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read

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Philippa Perry reveals the vital do's and don'ts of relationships. This is a book for us all. Whether you are interested in understanding how your upbringing has shaped you, looking to handle your child's feelings or wishing to support your partner, you will find indispensable information and realistic tips in these pages. 

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Raising A Secure Child

Raising a Secure Child is different from most parenting books in its focus on the relationship rather than on strategies to manage behavior or other specific challenges of parenting. 

Parenting from the Inside Out

How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive


Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.,

and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.


Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges


Patty Wipfler,

and Tosha Schore, M.A.

The Science of 


How today's brain research can lead to happy, emotionally, balanced children.


Margot Sunderland

Attachment Focused Parenting:

Effective Strategies to Care for Children


Daniel A. Hughes

The Beginning of Life, is a groundbreaking feature documentary that explores the impact of a child’s early environment on their cognitive, social and emotional development. The documentary can be found on Netflix, iTunes and Google Play.

Building Resilience in

Children and Teens: 

Giving Kids Roots and Wings


Kenneth R. Ginsburg

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen

& Listen So Kids Will Talk


Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Life's First Feelings

Life's First Feelings examines research techniques that open a window on infant emotions and allow scientists to explore the inner workings of a child's world.

The program provides evidence that emotions serve important biological and social functions in the development of a child's personality.

You can watch it here.

This Emotional Life

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This is a three-part series by PBS that explores improving our social relationships, learning to cope with depression and anxiety, and becoming more positive, resilient individuals. 

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