Raising a child
“The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realisation that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.” Sloan Wilson
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs. I often hear parents say ‘they don’t come with a manual’ and I agree. If there was a manual I hope it would say this; parenting is a skill, therefore it can be learnt. My work with parents began at Southampton Youth Offending Team where I was responsible for the management of Parenting Orders. My experience of parenting is raising four children and helping out with three Grandchildren.
My colleague Islay Jane Ashe and I published a parenting book in 2015 and we have recently been funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation to develop a parenting programme (12 session course) that can be accessed via the internet. This means that it is easily accessible to all parents who would like to improve their parenting skills.
Click on this link to hear Islay & I talking about our programme and answering questions on the radio.