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 Ashe and I published a parenting book in 2015 and received funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to create a community interest company (HarveyAshe C.I.C). This led to the development of a 12 session parenting programme 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.
Islay and I spoke on BBC Radio Solent on Wednesday (19th December 2018) at 8:20 am (Timeline 1.53:30 secs). The piece includes interviews with parents who have completed the Advanced Parenting Skills programme.
Click on this link to hear Islay & I talking about our programme and answering questions on the radio (July 17th 2017)