Geoff is a parent and grandparent with a wealth of lived experience. This, with qualifications and training built on top, make him
competent to provide guidance and support families and parents in raising children in secure, supportive environments. And
‘family’ is often quite complicated now. Geoff has helped hundreds of families in various ages and stages of traditional, single-
parent, blended, step-parent, foster care, grand parenting and any other configuration our society can toss up. And there are
other complications around developmental or learning difficulties in a child, age related factors and adolescent pressures, or
maybe a psychological barrier in an adult to providing appropriate care to a child. Geoff can support families in all of these
Unfortunately, kids don’t come with an instruction manual, and it’s a two way affair in raising positive, emotionally healthy and strong
kids. That is, part of the skill building occurs in kids, and part of it is to do with parenting behaviours and family rules. If these
processes are accepted by everyone, then children of all ages can be supported into functional behaviour, cooperative family life
and goals around education and career that lead to autonomous adult life.
Drugs, alcohol and poor choices around peers and relationships are often an issue addressed in Geoff’s work with families.
Adolescence is often a time when these pressures arise, and it’s a critical time to make choices for positive outcomes that can be
sustained into functional adult life.
Supporting kids’ development often begins with encouragement and ideas for parents to set agreed family/household rules and
fair consequences to help children develop self-regulating behaviours, responsibility and emotional intelligence. Ambiguous
rules, inconsistent discipline, and lack of ways to ‘catch them doing it right’ make parenting and child development much harder.
Whether parents are married, divorced or in any transitionary relationship circumstance, there is still a need for consistent,
unambiguous standards and rules for children. Having separated parents shift the boundaries for children across two
households makes life a lot tougher for everyone, and adults are encouraged to maintain positive communication between each
other and share the responsibility for their children’s healthy growth.