Bringing Up Great Kids Program
Is a group parenting program developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation for a wide range of parents including those who might be considered vulnerable or “at risk”
Using the metaphor of ‘Messages’, parents are encouraged to explore and reflect upon their parenting style and resources them to examine the messages they pass onto their children through their behaviour, interactions and emotional reactions. Parents learn about the brain development of their children and understand how to meet their children’s growing needs. Through the program, they are supported to build attentive communication with children.
The program focus is on everyone Feeling safe, Being Safe and Talking about it.
The program is based on two themes:
We all have the right to feel safe all of the time.
Nothing is so awful that we can’t talk about it with someone.
In conjunction with the two themes are the three major concepts of the program:
SAFETY – an individual feeling and a basic right for every person
EARLY WARNING SIGNS – specific physical indicators that alert us to possible risks to our safety
NETWORKING – identifying people to talk to and developing communication skills
Balancing the See Saw is an 8 week group work program for mums who, along with their children, have experienced domestic violence in the past and are now in a safe place.
The program focuses on the impact of the violence on the relationships between the mothers and children in a non-judgemental and nurturing supported group.