“Parents Are Experts” is a tried and tested series of activities, discussions and information that provides the necessary challenge to change the perception of parents. These sessions ensure parents accept and believe that they are central to the success of their children.
Helping parents to access recent research by providing information that is easy to understand is imperative. It’s not what information we provide, but how it is presented, dissected and interpreted that matters.
Affirmation and scaffolding by people that value parents and children as individuals is the best way to make a positive impact on their resilience and self-efficacy.
“Parents Are Experts” is not a parenting course but a course in self- awareness that shifts the perception of the parent, raising confidence and promoting acceptance and tolerance. This impacts directly on the future of the parent and child.
The experiences in early childhood, from conception to five years of age are fundamental in forming the architecture of the brain. The first 1001 days are pivotal. Forming strong attachments helps shape attitudes to learning and positively impacts their belief in their own competency.
The concepts and activities shared during “Parents Are Experts” include Perception, Enneagram, Mindset, The Signals of Deep Level Learning, Schemas, and Adult Strategies. The reflective approach utilised helps these concepts resonate on an individual level and are therefore a catalyst for change.
The focus during “Parents Are Experts” is on the positive model of being a parent, of parents being enough, rather than on a deficit model or approach which is used in many traditional “parenting courses”. Throughout “Parents Are Experts” the concept of “attachment” is strengthened, and peer support networks tend to form organically. The quote below demonstrates how “Parents Are Experts” can impact on the lived experience of women with Post Natal Depression.