It is often said by parents that having a baby should come with a manual, a set of easy to follow instructions. So how do we know how to become parents? How do we know just what to do, and when to do it?
The good news is that you have been learning how to be a parent your whole life. You would have spent a large part of your childhood practicing by watching and then copying your own parents or caregivers every move. The bad news is that you still may not know if those parenting skills are the right ones to use with your child now, or perhaps your own parents struggled with their own parenting skills and there is a gap or distortion of information and/or skills.
This is where our parenting groups come in, whilst we do not confess to know all the answers, collectively we can all start to explore ways to support ourselves and our children by sharing our experiences and our knowledge. What we (Dena and Mark) bring to the table is our knowledge of human development, personality theory, and how to learn about our needs, our child’s needs and how to meet all of them in a healthy way. So each group is educational, therapeutic and self supportive.
Our aim is to make parenting support accessable to all, whilst still promoting value and worth. As we work out of our home environment we are able to keep costs to a minimum. So, each group will be for up 10 parents/step-parents (couples are welcome too), meeting for two hours every fortnight and will cost £7 per group. As always we offer the first one completely free of charge, enabling you to assess if our groups are right for you.
Unfortunately we do not have creche facilities and our groups are for adults only. We do have tea, coffee, juice and biscuits though, and for the die hard coffee drinkers we also have an espresso machine.
Contact Dena for more information, dates and times, and to book your place on 01726 76913 or 079 800 61115. Also keep an eye on this blog (or Facebook) for updates and members feedback.