Being a parent can be described as the most important job that you will ever do.
Parenting can be very fulfilling and enjoyable but there are times when it seems a daunting and isolated task, especially whilst coping with the pressure of trying to work through difficult, yet common situations.
We are now running Parent Survival Courses with trained facilitators and have completed three very successful programmes. We have also begun Parent Support sessions for those who wish to continue meeting and discuss further topics in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Download a sample programme.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know of a course in your area.
We have also started running courses for parents of children of different age groups. The Incredible Years is for parents of children aged 2-8 years. This programme has been extensively researched and field-tested and is fully recognised by the National Occupational Standards for work with parents.
Also available is Time Out for Teenagers - a six week course for parents/ grandparents or carers of pre-teens and teenagers aged 9-16.
Coming soon is Social Baby.
See the Events page for details of current courses.
If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, or if you would like someone to talk to a group in your area, please contact Andrea or Christine at email@example.com
We would like to run a free course in your community - check here for more information.
Goal - to help parents feel less isolated, make friends and discuss helpful solutions to issues they raise themselves.
One parent felt the group helped her to see life from her son's perspective. "It's not only hard being the parent of a teenager - it's hard being a teenager. Stress, exams, girls, not being cool - it's hard."
Source: Annual Review 2010/11, The Mothers' Union
If you are involved with a toddler group you may find this resource helpful. Available from MUe or contact the Shop 0161 834 5399
Care for the Family, the Mothers' Union and The Salvation Army have teamed up to produce an exciting new resource for parent and toddler groups. Cost £5
The Good Practice Guide for Parent and Toddler Groups deals with building relationships and strengthening the community. It also provides practical guidelines about how to run a successful group and promotes the important contribution that parent and toddler groups make to the local community.
Mothers' Union ran the Bye Buy Childhood campaign to empower families to challenge the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood through positive action.
Mothers’ Union submitted a petition to Prime Minister David Cameron in March 2011, calling on the Government to prohibit sexualised media, marketing and products being aimed at, or easily accessed by children under 16 years of age.
Find out more about the campaign here.