16th November 2016
We have just come to an end of the first Parents' Group which Mothers' Union is running at Eyke CE Primary School. The group lasted six weeks and addressed the topics of “Helping children deal with their feelings” (how to listen to our children), “Engaging a child's cooperation”, “Alternatives to punishment”, “Encouraging a child's autonomy”, “Praise” and “Freeing children from playing roles”. The group offers a confidential space for informal discussion about how we can manage various situations - what we've already tried which works, and what other strategies we might be able to give a go. Plenty of opportunity is given for chatting through things in pairs or threes.
Throughout this year, the opportunity of coming to a Parents' Group will be offered to all parents of children attending Eyke CE Primary School. This term we offered it to parents of children in Classes 1 and 2; in the Spring term parents with children in Classes 3 and 4 (and those who missed out in the Autumn term) will be invited; and in the Summer term, a group specifically for parents with children in Year 6 (Class 5) will seek to address the issues they face with moving on to the next stage in their school life.
The group is run by a parent to 2 boys in the school who is a qualified Volunteer Parent Group Facilitator through the Passionate about Parenting programme run by Mothers' Union.
Here are some comments from parents who have recently been part of a Parents' Group:
“I would encourage more parents to attend this group!
I have found it a safe, friendly place to discuss and reflect on your relationship with your child/children. The things you say and do, or shouldn't…Time set aside to focus on both your and their feelings, how you can be supportive whilst your child is growing/developing into an individual. Putting some of the ideas into action has created a better atmosphere for everyone.”
“Encouraging, safe, supportive environment to discuss the issues of bringing up our children. Knowing you are not alone.”
“It definitely helps to know that you are not the only parent having struggles at times and that are different things to try that might help.”