Learn to parent creatively

An innovative parenting course which will be held in the city in September will examine issues such as limits and boundaries, childhood anxiety, tantrums, and sibling rivalry.

The seven week course, which begins at Westside Resource Centre on Tuesday September 12 from 6.45pm to 9pm, is entitled Family – the Creative Container. It is presented by Pernet, a lay organisation underpinned by the values of the Little Sisters of the Assumption.

The course is designed by Ann-Marie Collins, an art psychotherapist and teacher who has worked with families for more than 30 years. It will be delivered by her and two co-facilitators.

Last year’s parents made these comments: “This course was very helpful in guiding and giving space to think about how to improve the ‘connection’ with my kids. It has helped me feel more confident and assured in my parenting”; “This was a very fun and different way of learning parenting skills.”

The course takes the form of seven workshops which bring together research and understanding from developmental psychology and good parenting practices.

Participants will work with art materials, which is described by the organisers as a fun way to think as it helps to process and digest learning.

Other topics include identifying children’s needs, self-esteem, hyperactivity, building a relationship with your child, and food, bedtime, and homework.

For further information telephone Imelda at (086 ) 6098887 or Mary at (086 ) 3836567. Places are limited, so early booking is advised. The course is supported by the Communities Integration Fund (Department of Justice and Equality ) and by Galway City Council.

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