One way Families First is strengthening families in the community is through our new program –Parent Cafés.
What are Parent Café’s?
FUN—FREE—Supportive—Educational—PARENT-LED get-togethers where parents can talk openly with one another about the struggles of parenting and ways to strengthen their families. Over the course of six evenings (you don’t have to come to all six), parents discuss a variety of topics.
Parent Cafés provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with other parents and caregivers about things that are important to building and maintaining strong, healthy families. The Cafés are “hosted” by parents from the community who have been trained on how to help facilitate the conversation and discussion. The goals of these sessions are to help parents help each other to:
- Grow stronger and more flexible as they share challenging personal events and reflect on the actions taken in response, what happened as a result, and what was learned. Listening to each other brings the realization that all families face difficulties, and can survive them and become stronger as a result.
- Build friendships and relationships of mutual support in the process of having conversations with other parents and caregivers.
- Learn about resources and obtain support by reflecting on their barriers to receiving help, becoming more open to accessing help, and learning from other parents about support that has helped them.
- Add to parenting knowledge by listening to other parents and sharing ideas and approaches to common issues.
- Build appreciation for the essential role they play with each of their children in helping them achieve their potential.
Why should you come to a Parent Café?
- Get ideas for managing the challenges of parenting
- Build friendships and get support from other parents – while getting a little break!
- Grow into a stronger and more flexible parent/caregiver
- Get some time to reflect on your family, and how important you are, as a parent!
Who can attend Parent Café’s?
Anyone in a parenting role! Moms, dads, relative caregivers, foster parents, etc. are welcome! It doesn’t matter if your kids are toddlers or teenagers, whether you’re a new or a seasoned parent – Cafés are for ALL parents.
Can I attend more than one Café?
You can come to as many as you like! They are organized as a series of six, each focused on a specific theme – but each Parent Café is so unique that you can attend two Café’s on the same theme – but there will be different people, different questions to discuss and different conversations which emerge.
When will Parent Café take place?
Every TUESDAY beginning January 31 through March 7, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm
Where will the Parent Café’s take place?
Paramount School of Excellence
3020 Nowland Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46201
What about childcare and meals?
Childcare is provided FREE of charge however, the family must pre-register in order for Families First to ensure enough childcare providers and food are available for everyone who attends!
The Café’s always start with a meal, which is FREE. Parents and kids eat together, before the children go to childcare.
What are the themes for each Parent Café session?
Session 1 (January 31, 2017): Taking Good Care of Yourself
Parenting can take a tremendous amount of time, energy and hard work. We often give so much of ourselves, just so our children can have everything they need. One of the ways we truly take care of our children to the best of our ability is by taking good care of ourselves.
Session 2 (February 7, 2017): Building Supports: Engaging Community Resources and Relationships
Taking care of a family comes with great responsibility, especially when it comes to having adequate resources and support to meet all of our needs. Having access to resources and a support system in place can help us get through some of life’s rough spots. Join us in sharing ways you have increased your supports and resources to better meet your family’s needs.
Session 3 (February 14, 2017): Bullying
Engage in conversation with other parents about recognizing warning signs and how to cope with your child being a bully or being bullied.
Session 4 (February 21, 2017): Positive Parenting Through the Ages and Stages
Being a great parent is part natural and part learned. Knowing about parenting and child development is part of being a strong parent. Join us to share what comes naturally as a parent and get resources on how to learn more about parenting.
Session 5 (February 28, 2017): Identifying Strengths and Overcoming Weaknesses
When parenting turns stressful and nothing seems to be going right, it can be difficult to remain optimistic. Discuss with other parents what works well for you and how you can enhance areas of parenting that are a struggle.
Session 6 (March 7, 2017): Finding Balance
If only there was more time in the day! Being a parent is a tough job as it is, but adding a job, class work, other responsibilities, and children’s activities into the mix can feel like a juggling act. Learn how other parents cope with finding balance.
How do I get more information?
For more information or to register by phone, call: (317) 634-6341
To register online, click here.