How to communicate
How to balance warmth and discipline
How to be consistent with setting boundaries
How to raise healthy children
How to encourage learning
How to build a solid family support network
Mind Gym tycoon wants to roll out free parenting lessons across country
Black founded the Parent Gym programme, which runs in 22 schools in the most deprived areas of London, using profits from the sale of his Mind Gym "brain workout" sessions to corporate clients. His training method has been backed by the London mayor, Boris Johnson, and involves nine two-hour sessions for parents. Themes include communication, managing relationships, play and learning, parenting styles, rules and routines, and creating a supporting and nurturing home environment.
Coming to Parent Gym was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The content of the course was spot on. As a parent there are always things to learn or be reminded of, and to me that is exactly what Parent Gym is about- it gave me the tools to make life easier. Now when I want to implement a rule or find an activity to do with him I consult my Parent Gym Magazines. To all parents who are thinking of joining please do as it's very rewarding. I cannot believe I completed the course with an 11 week old baby in tow- that's how comfortable and inclusive Parent Gym was. And now, even though the course is finished, the group still meets. Thank you all for putting together such a wonderful programme.
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.
The Parent Gym class I attended was great fun, but it also made me think a lot. As a parent, I know how hard it can be to know how best to support and nurture your child, and how lonely and isolating being a parent can be at times. That is why programmes like Parent Gym are so valuable, as not only do they impart evidence-based knowledge and techniques through the coaches, but they are also a great way of meeting, learning from, and sharing your own experience with other parents.
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