Families come in different shapes and sizes! There are so many different kinds of families; the stereotype of two parents, son and daughter is increasingly rare in these days of single parent families, blended families, intergenerational families let alone fostering and adopting families!
Parenting also comes with differing arrangements. The same children can call more than one place ‘home’, have more than two sets of grandparents, have brothers and sisters from different partnerships. These may also change as time passes and close family connections and even friendships simply vanish as relationships break down.
Arrangements for parenting also vary hugely. Full time ‘working parents’ are the norm. Children may be being parented by grandparents, by day nurseries, by extended school provision and so on.
Responsibility for parenting is also not down to these people but down to all of us if we believe in ‘community’.
It takes a whole village to raise one child. ~ African Proverb.
To be a healthy, harmonious, truly caring society we have to move away from the ‘WIIFM’ or ‘What’s In It For Me?’ stand that has somehow become our norm.
We are all connected to each other and we all share responsibility to do the very best parenting we can for all our children, teenagers and young people!
Sound familiar – that’s Judith’s fixation with the brain and the brain just loves ‘connections’!
Joking aside, our courses, workshops and retreats, our podcasts, blogs and family consultancy all explore this theme – not just the ones about the Brain! If our brains are working well, are ‘connected’, our relationships are much more likely to be working well, the management of our lives is likely to be in balance - in sync, our work-life is more likely to be successful and life is GOOD!
We are also much more likely to be building strong emotional and social ‘capital’, resources that we can call on when the going gets tough.
This is when investing in our courses and workshops, listening to podcasts and reading our blogs helps you prevent the bad times! You can avoid pitfalls, recognise challenges, and plan for eventualities so that you are not overstretched and overwhelmed.
If there is a workshop you would like to attend and it isn’t on the schedule; get a few friends together and drop us a note on the 'Make an Enquiry' page and we will see what we can do!