Learning parenting skills
Posted on June 20, 2014 by Iosis
Natalie* had a particularly horrific and chaotic upbringing. Now she was a mum herself, but she had no experience of what good parenting looked or felt like. Consequently, her children were ‘out of control’.
An Iosis Parent Support worker came to her home, to provide parent coaching and back-up with practical needs. This made Natalie feel supported in her role as parent. Previously she had felt isolated, but as she made friends with other parents from the Toolbox course at Iosis, she felt like she at last belonged to a supportive community.
From Toolbox she learnt about child behaviour and picked up tips that helped her ease family tensions and connect with each of her children individually. Even adopting simple practices she learnt from Parent Support, like using chore charts, shopping lists and cleaning checklists helped her to establish household routines. The stability these have brought has made parenting much more enjoyable for Natalie, and she no longer feels like she is out of her depth. She is becoming the mum she longed to be.
*To protect privacy, names and some details have been changed, and models have been used for photos.