At Parenting Matters, we believe that parents need all the support they can get in raising their young ones. It takes a village to raise a child and we are honoured to be a part of your village.
This offering for expectant and new parents will be a 4-hour workshop divided into two 2-hour sessions, covered over a weekend. Every session is structured to cover the content with ample time available for questions and interaction. Our offering will take the participants through the various steps to help them prepare for this milestone moment in their lives.
CONTENT OF THE PROGRAM:
Our program focusses on the emotional needs of the parents and baby. It creates opportunities for conversations between the parents on crucial aspects of raising a little human being.This works as a beautiful and wholesome complement to most antenatal programs that focus on the physical concerns of pregnant mothers,preparation for childbirth, breast feeding and how to take care of the bodily needs of the infant as these are the most pressing concerns for expectant and new parents.
Session 1- Transition and Reflection
At this stage of your life you may have discovered that change is the only constant! Let’s explore ways in which to empower you as individuals and as a couple to effectively navigate these transitions. Staying calm and regulated is superpower and you can start cultivating it or further deepen it. And is self care in the picture at all? Let’s talk about that too! Co-parenting with consciousness requires effort and team work.
Learn to create spaces for authentic conversations with your partner, which will then continue as your family expands.As parents-to-be, this is an apt time to reflect on the key question of how would you like to parent? This session will offer you opportunities to become aware of or delve deeper into your own and your partner's back story.
Session 2- What Every Baby Needs
This module will raise questions about societal conditioning and how it impacts our parenting. Let’s learn from research in brain science about what helps a child thrive and the role of parents in the key formative years of childhood. What is it that we can do for the optimum development of our child’s growing brain? Understand some of the other aspects that could impact co-parenting and explore ways to support each other as individuals, couples and parents.
WHY A PROGRAM FOR EXPECTANT AND NEW PARENTS?
1. Bringing Science to parents: Today, we are aware of the enormous role parents' play in how children's brains develop. Neuroscience tells us that brain development starts in utero and that early interactions with the baby impacts the architecture of the child's brain.
John Medina, geneticist and molecular biologist, author of Brain Rules for Babies, says, " What you do before pregnancy, during pregnancy and through the first five years- will affect your children for the rest of their lives."
Robin Grille, author of Heart to Heart Parenting writes, "The way the emotional centres in the brain develop is directly shaped by our relationships with our caregivers. By six months our stress response level is set, based on how our emotional security needs are met by others. This will influence the way we face stressful situations throughout our lives."
Parenting Matters endeavours to support parents by sharing information from the latest research on brain science. Understanding the emotional and social needs of babies will empower young parents to make informed choices, be attuned to their babies and set a solid foundation for the optimal development of their child.
2. Changing times requires a change in approach: With the disintegration of large families and communities, parents need a lot of support to understand and deal with the stresses that may accompany childbirth and parenthood. Parents talk about how they find the early years very difficult because they are unprepared or not fully prepared for the huge changes that happen. This often shows up in the communication between the couple adding stress on the marriage which in turn affects the baby. We would like to support parents be better prepared at both an emotional and practical level.
Our course will support couples in having key conversations - how they can work as a team to nurture the baby, how responsibilities will be shared,discuss the pros and cons of going back to work etc.
3. Right information at the right time: In our work with parents, since 2004, our participants share that they wish they had adequate knowledge and skills about parenting at the right time. They also share that breaking out of set patterns or practices which are not beneficial to the child is challenging. The most common lament is this, "Oh I wish I had known this when my baby was born. There are so many things I would have done differently."
Beginning right at the start when parents are expecting a baby can make them feel empowered with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions.