Parenting Course

Learning and developing our parenting skills takes time and effort! Having worked with parents since 2004, we found that parents benefit most from an ongoing program in which they get exposed to parenting concepts, learn and apply new skills, and come back week after week to share their experiences.

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 Interactive sessions 

Hence we designed our core program to span over 20 hours where participants attend a session each week for two hours. The sessions are interactive. Through exercises and discussions and practice sessions parents are empowered with skills that help them deepen their connection with their children which in turn helps to guide them more effectively. Typically a group has 15-25 participants. Groups are formed based on age group of children of participants (0-6 years, 6-12 years or teenagers) or mixed age group.

The core program focuses on:

Understanding and meeting the needs of the child

This section aims at understanding the basic needs of every child and how parents can support them in their developmental years. This minimizes gap between parent’s expectations and the child’s inner drive.

The objectives of this module are:

  • To get to know what latest research on brain and child development says about optimal development of the child.
  • Becoming aware of the impact of our parenting style on the child's brain development.
  • To become aware of the developmental needs of the child. From this comes the realization that a child behaves in an instinctive manner, due to his or her needs.
  • To recognize the need of a child that is causing her to behave in a particular manner.
  • Find ways to meet the needs of the child or in situations where the need cannot be met directly to find alternatives.
  • To balance the child’s needs in relation to the needs of the other members in the family.

Communication that builds connection between parent and child

This section aims at helping parents become aware and sensitive to children’s feelings and equips them to help children handle their emotions.

The objectives of this module are:

  • To help the child express and cope with his/her feelings by creating a safe environment.
  • Learning to listen to the child so that he/she feels heard and understood.
  • Developing the skill of being an empathetic and approachable parent - an essential to strengthen the bond between parent and child.
  • To understand the impact of the way parents communicate on the child's brain.
  • Helping parents to aid development of the child's social and cognitive skills.
  • Communicating in a way that promotes responsibility and confidence in the child.

Building inner discipline in children

This section helps parents build an awareness of how using control and authority, bribes and threats do not help our children develop into self disciplined and confident persons.

The objectives of this module are: 

  • To understand the different styles of discipline and the impact they have on children and their relationship with us.
  • To understand for ourselves the link between our own childhood experiences and the way we parent our children today.
  • To understand the benefits of the Montessori/democratic way of discipline.
  • To explore tools which encourage cooperation in children and create a respectful relationship between parent and child.
  • Exploring alternatives to punishments, rewards, bribes, threats and praise.
  • To provide an opportunity to learn the skills of problem solving with children.

Typical session

  • Sharing of experiences - Observations based on the previous week’s content. What worked and what did not. Challenges faced by parents - 15 minutes
  • Presentation of the concept for the day – through an exercise/presentation - 45 minutes
  • Discussing the concept/ skill and how to apply in everyday life - through role play/ small group discussion/ working on charts/group exercises etc. – 45minutes
  • Summarising and discussing follow up work - 15 minutes

Looking for something more?

For those who have been a part of our core programs, further options to explore include one-on-one sessions and our advanced program.

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