Talking and listening to your child in a positive way every day
Getting the right balance of closeness and independence
Bring calm to your family with rules and routines that work
Keep yourself and your family healthy and happy
Help develop healthy learning habits with your child
Keep your family feeling happy, supported and loved
Parent Gym coach, Miranda Tobias, spoke about how her work with the organisation has made her reassess the way she thinks about parenthood: "When we become a parent we are not provided with an instruction booklet. We learn how to become more effective by making mistakes, reflecting on them and trying out new ways of dealing with situations."
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My children are 6 and 8 so I have also had some problems with sibling rivalry, but Parent Gym has helped me to make a discipline system, so that they always know what will happen when they fight. I now also make sure that I spend a specific amount of alone time with each child, so that they both feel important and it has really helped to stop with their fighting and make the house a much calmer place.
I loved the sessions, the impact and reaction from parents as they shared their experiences - and there were some real breakthrough moments when parents supported each other, displayed deep levels of empathy and made each other believe that their parenting challenges and struggles were shared and appreciated. During ‘mission feedback’, I was amazed at the effort put in by our parents and the impact on their family life in either small or huge ways. This gave me such pleasure and satisfaction to know that Parent Gym had actually touched someone's home and family life week on week... Parent Gym is a fantastic programme which we will continue to deliver here as part of our commitment to supporting families.
Do we need parenting classes?
Given that most parents sit through hours of antenatal lessons, it seems crazy that the classes stop at birth, and that there's nothing to help with the much bigger task of bringing the child up.
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