Whānau Marama Parenting brought their free four-week effective discipline for four to eleven year olds to Bayswater school for the local community during September 2017. This followed conversations that emerged from the Shore to Thrive Community Wellbeing Survey conducted in November 2016. In that survey, a number of people noted that they would appreciate and benefit from parenting supports that were more easily accessible.
Whānau Marama are a North Shore based community organization providing a range of parenting courses for parents and whānau of children aged between birth and adolescent years. Their vision is to create strong, supportive and loving whānau where children experience that they are precious and valued.
It was a great few weeks of connecting, sharing and learning together and very well received by the nine local Bayswater parents who participated on the course. The course was scheduled from 9.30am to 10.30am on Thursday mornings to make it easy for parents to drop off children at school and come along. Really positive feedback came back from participants on how it assisted them and topped up their toolbox of parenting strategies. A quote from one participating mum – “A great group to discuss things openly, without ridicule. Great advice and ideas. Lovely facilitators. I will recommend. Will look forward to other courses offered”.
Shore to Thrive, Bayswater School and local parents worked together to make this happen. Thanks especially to Rachel for getting the ball rolling, thanks once again to Lindsay and the amazing school whānau at Bayswater for hosting and of course Tamati and Sarah from Whānau Mārama for facilitating. Details on their other courses can be found here. Oh and thanks to Eden for snapping the pic!