At Parenting Matters, we believe that all parents need the support they can get in raising their young ones. It takes a village to raise a child and we would be honoured to be a part of your village.
We are offering a 2 session workshop for expectant and new parents to prepare for this important milestone in their life. Our sessions delve deep into the theme of helping parents understand how to build life long connections with their child. This happens alongside as they work on communication and building stronger emotional connections with their partner as they transition to this new phase. Each session will be 2 hours long, with ample time for Q & A.
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
Having a child changes you and your life completely - most expectant parents hear this over and over! However, one understands this completely only when it happens, with the arrival of the little one. While we can read books on the milestones to expect in the first year, and attend birthing classes for a smooth, healthy, safe delivery…what do we need to do to get ready to deal with the emotional changes we will go through once the baby comes along? How does one regulate their emotions, and communicate what we need to our partner when we are sleep deprived?’ I love my baby, and yet, I need a break….’, ‘We are totally soaking in, being a new parent, and yet, we miss our old life with our partner.’ How does one deal with these conflicting emotions when they come up? Our first session will address the changes in the different aspects of the parents' lives that the new arrival will bring. It will empower you as individuals and as a couple to effectively navigate these transitions. In this session you will also learn to create spaces for authentic conversations with your partner, which will then continue as your family expands. You will have opportunities to become aware of how you would like to parent, and delve deeper into your own and your partner's back story also.
Session 2- What Every Baby Needs
From the minute a couple announces their pregnancy, they get so much input from everyone about how things will be, and what they need to do. At times, it is an overload of opinions on everything- from food to sleep to general care. How can new parents work with or around this information? How can new parents slowly uncover their own conditioning and how it impacts their parenting? This session helps you understand what the research in brain science says 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? We will also be looking at 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."
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.
Our bank details are:
Account Name: Parenting Matters
Bank account number: 00172020001253
Branch: Anna Nagar
Bank: HDFC Bank
IFSC Code: HDFC0000017