No one ever teaches you how to be a parent…
Why should I try a support group for parents?
A Parent Support Group is a place where you can come to talk about your experiences and gain feedback without being judged or criticized. The group can help you to develop positive parenting solutions in a respectful environment.If you yearn for help and support to improve relationships with your children, a Parent Support Group might be the place for you.
How are the groups run?
The group follows a parent leadership model, meaning that the parents in the group are in charge of how the group runs. Parents are the experts – at least about their own families. Therefore, parents discuss the parenting issues that are most important to them. I facilitate the group to help things run smoothly and to introduce a variety of useful parenting techniques.
“We would cry together, laugh together, be angry together and admit mistakes together without any fear of criticism.”
Will I fit in?
If you are a parent or other adult in a parenting role, who wishes to improve family relationships, you are welcome in the Parents Support Group. Our parents come from many different backgrounds and for many different reasons. Most new members feel a bit shy or anxious at first. It’s very reassuring to discover you are not the only one who feels that way!
“I felt totally inadequate as a mother…It took a lot of courage to go to that first meeting. But when I got there, it was amazing to discover a place where parents could talk about their worst secrets…and get help and understanding instead of criticism.”
Why do parents join a Parent Support Group?
Time for themselves; marital problems; balancing work and children; needing someone to talk to; program requirement; crisis involving teenager daughter/son; to lower stress; learn better parenting skills; discipline problems; babies who won’t go to sleep; single parent stress; constant yelling at home; an ADHD child; children who won’t listen; rebellious children; teens who are skipping school; own history as an abused or neglected child; a belief in the myth of the “perfect parent;” and no one to talk to….just for a start.
“Now I know that I don’t have to respond to my son’s misbehavior right away. I can take some time to think or I can call someone from my group to talk it over.”
If you think you may be interested in learning more about the group, please feel free to call for more information at 626-335-0903.