Seven-week parenting programme launches for Motherwell community

JULY 27, 2016

Parents of children from birth to six years, in Motherwell are be offered a FREE seven-week, evidence based programme created by Early Inspiration, which begins at 12:30pm on August 4th at the Raymond Mhlaba Sports Centre.

Funded by Claude Leon, the series of practical workshops which will cover:
·      The role of a parent and nutrition education (4th August)
·      Communication (10th Aug)
·      Child belonging and attachment (17th Aug)
·      Alternative discipline measures (24th Aug)
·      Parenting and discipline (31st Aug)
·      Play development (7th September)
·      Presentations and certificate ceremony (14th September)

The series of practical workshops aims to provide parents with the knowledge and skills to confidently raise their children, and to be aware of the role they play in developing their child to his or her full potential.

Jessica Baker who developed the skills-based programme following her Masters research in social work at Stellenbosch University, says of the new programme: “Parents face various challenges when raising their children. These challenges are often the reason for parents attending parent education programmes. Group programmes offer support which empowers parents to deal effectively with relationships address behavioural and emotional problems and learn relevant parenting skills in a safe and supportive environment.”

She adds about the name of the programme: “The parents we met with gave us the name, Siphuhlisa Ulwazi Lwabazali (meaning parents empowered with knowledge). To them it is a very powerful phrase and gives them strength. Which is what we aim to do.”

The parenting programme builds on Early Inspiration’s work with teachers and early childhood development, Early Inspiration MD and founder Dr. Lauren Stretch comments saying: “Giving children a sense of belonging, showing them love and investing in their education supports children’s long-term successes and will in time eradicate poverty – one family at a time. ‘

“Parents want to do the best they can for their children, and a lot of parenting is instinctive, but by sharing experience, knowledge and skills, parents can have confidence in how they bring up their child.”

To take part, parents need to SMS their name and Motherwell to 082 583 1633 to book their place.

Siphuhlisa Ulwazi Lwabazali Parent Programme
Venue:             Raymond Mhlaba Sports Centre, Nzunga Street, Motherwell
Date:               August 4th -  14 Septmeber
Time:               12:30pm – 2:30pm