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The Parenting PAGE provides you with a safe and sound environment to engage in the critical dialogue of parenting with other like minded parents. It helps you learn from other parents who have similar experiences. It can help parents gain perspective and provide them with help and support.
Many parents benefit from sharing information with other parents. A lot of useful information can be exchanged. For example, you might join a peer support group if you want to:
- Talk to someone about the impact of mental wellness problems on your child, family and friends
- Discuss the stress of dealing with multiple contextual setting, learning a whole new vocabulary, and dealing with the aspects of mental wellness problems
- Find support and advice about special classes and services, about how to talk to educators about your child’s challenges and difficulties, and how to remain optimistic
- Learn tips from other parents on how they have managed similar challenges
- Develop confidence in your own ideas and impressions about what your child
needs and wants.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can Parenting PAGE offer parents?
Many parents find that in addition to support and services they receive from qualified mental wellness professionals, they wish that they could talk to another parent who has had similar experiences. When asked who is best able to support them emotionally, parents often identify other parents who can share their experiences.
What can parents offer other parents?
- Acceptance – For many parents, there has been at least one occasion where the parent has felt blamed or responsible because of the emotional and behavioral challenges their child is experiencing. It is often only other parents who are living with the same challenges that can truly make another parent feel accepted despite the difficulties they are experiencing.
- Sense of belonging – For many parents, once they begin to share their experiences with other parents of children with mental health problems, they see that others ‘get it’ and they develop a sense of belonging that they may not have experienced before with other parents.
- Understanding – Many parents may not get the kind of support and understanding from family and friends that they have gotten in the past for other challenges they have faced. This can sometimes come from other people’s lack of understanding of the situation, or their fear of what they are seeing happening to your child and your family. Parents in peer support often get a sense of relief because they don’t have to explain why their child is behaving the way they are or why, as parents of this child, you are tired all the time. The other parents just ‘get it.’
- Marital support – For many parents, keeping their marriage strong is a real challenge given the strain and stress that comes with having children with social, emotional, mental wellness and academic problems. Parents often have no place to talk about these issues or to hear that others are experiencing the same challenges. Peer support groups can provide a space to share these experiences.
- Time for self – For many parents, facing challenges with kids at home often means that there is very little time or resources available for themselves. Over a long period of time, it can become hard to pull back and allow some time for self. This can lead to burnout. A peer support group can help parents gain perspective and provide them with help and support.
What will be the typical agenda for a Parenting PAGE meeting?
- Once a month a group of 8-10 parents gather either in a comfortable physical location or online, giving a sense of sabbatical with time to recharge, reflect, and sharpen ones focus on parenting
- The peer advisory group begins with – Setting the stage for the day with a focus topic or parenting issue
- Facilitated discussions for discovering positive parenting practices (may also include a guest speakers who are noted experts on the subject)
- Delving into one member’s issue – this is at the core of the time together as we take a key parenting issue of one of the members is facing and building a framework for a path to resolution. It could also be that there could be more than one member needing urgent support, in such cases the group may take up more than one issue to be discussed.
- Discernment for one another – each member sharing an issue to be taken up for offline and group meeting
- Buddying to encourage and support each other in the implementation of solutions discussed in meeting
What is a Parenting PAGE member?
A Parenting PAGE member is a parent or family leader who has formally joined and is now taking advantage of some of our facilitation services and peer learning methods and resources.
Is the Parenting PAGE right for me?
Answer these questions
- Are you a parent (single or otherwise/foster), caretaker, elder, teacher, or anyone who is responsible for supporting, guiding or caring for children?
- Do you sometimes feel lonely in the process of fulfilling your parenting or caretaker role and its challenges, and wished that you could well use someone as a sounding board?
- Do you have a confidential place to learn and share your parenting, family, relationship, personal and wellness challenges and successes with other like-minded parents?
- Would a regular exchange of positive parenting practices bring value to you, your children and your family relationships?
- Do you have a peer advisory group (or like-minded leaders) committed to journey with you for the long run as you serve your family, your children and community?
- Do you have strategies to handle tough issues with children, their educators, and other family members, including your marital relationships?
If the answer is yes to many of these questions, you are likely a good fit.
Why would you want to be in a Parenting PAGE?
- Do you feel alone sometimes as you make important decisions about your children, marital relationships, and family by not having a close confidante to support you?
- Do you desire to get connected to other parents you could count on for reliable counsel for business decisions?
- Do you recognize the value of making yourself vulnerable to the accountability of others as you act upon your long term positive parenting goals?
- Do you do an effective job of sharing your thoughts and ideas within the sphere of influence you operate within?
- Do you regularly focus and work on the daily needs and challenges that come with your role as a parent?
- Do you see the value of having a confidential place to turn for open dialogue around challenges you face as a parent?
What is a PAGE?
- It’s a unique environment where 8-10 parents, care takers meet monthly to share and learn about positive parenting, without neglecting their primary responsibilities towards their, family and more importantly personal growth.
- It’s led by a seasoned facilitator who has vast experience in facilitating group meetings.
- The long term objective is to help parents and family leaders grow and become positive parents
- It creates an environment of confidentiality, trust, friendship, mutual support and long term accountability….like having your own personal board of advisors.
Sree is a Peak Performance Coach and HR Strategist. For more than 30 years, he has helped organizations, optimize their human potential by engaging them with end-to-end human transformational solutions. Employee wellness which is at the heart of all his work has led him to over 25 years of research on Family relationships with emphasis on spousal, parenting, and of children. He has developed powerful assessments to help people understand their interpersonal effectiveness and of the roles they play in family. Through his 1:1 coaching, counseling and signature programs on Positive Parenting, Positive Teens and Positive relationships, he has helped several thousand people find the joy of parenting and family relationships. More information: https://thecriticaldialogue.com
Nageen has over 20 years of experience in working with the global corporate sector in key positions of global business development, brand management, DEI, and women leadership development. Nyn as Nageen is fondly known is a reputed leader both in the non-profits and corporate sector who delivers engaging training sessions, articles, and talks on critical topics of DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), Emotional Intelligence, Business beyond Boundaries and challenges of women leaders at the workplace. Nyn has helped thousands of women build a life of success, influence, and positive impact, both within and outside of the USA. Further information: https://nynsdreams.com
Torrey has worked with youth and teens; however, he does not leave out parents. Torrey has not facilitated workshops for parents, but he has many parents who seek counsel on managing their children. He facilitates discussions that aid parents in creating a safe space for themselves and their children. Torrey loves to dabble in development and positive psychology while assisting parents with removing the weight they feel when it comes to raising children. Torrey loves operating within the space of positive parenting with a twist. The twist he facilitates helps parents understand positive psychology does not go without accountability for the parents and children alike. The word “positive” in positive parenting for Torrey stands for “PREPARING,” which references preparing parents and children for their current and future relationships with each other. Further information: www.linkedin.com/in/torreyddavis
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind the guidelines are suggestions from The Critical Dialogue based on years of experience assisting peer support groups to grow and thrive. The Critical Dialogue Peer support groups PAGE, are intended to provide motivation, education, and a supportive community. They are not intended as therapy or treatment for medical or any mental health disorder. Neither The Critical Dialogue, its affiliates, nor peer support group leaders are able to provide medical or psychotherapeutic advice or treatment. The Critical Dialogue PAGE is not a substitute for advice from an expert medical practitioner, clinical counselor, advisor, or related institutions. The Critical Dialogue or its constituent partners are not liable for any financial loss, trauma, physical or psychological harm, or any negative consequence that may arise or cause to the member or anyone using this group. By accepting to take part and be a member of The Critical Dialogue PAGEs, you agree to take complete responsibility for the consequences thereof. The members agree to keep complete confidentiality of all PAGE proceedings and member identities from non-members. Such confidentiality will not be applicable when peer group members feel that any member or its constituents are likely to cause harm bodily or otherwise, to self or others. All disputes are subject to the jurisdiction of an Indian court, in this case, Hyderabad, Telangana state, India.
The above disclaimer is applicable for all The Critical Dialogue PAGEs and those who join as members are deemed to have read and agreed to all our terms and conditions before joining any group.