Being a parent or carer for a child is hugely rewarding. But we can often feel isolated, daunted or overwhelmed by the responsibility of bringing up our children. The job of parenting can feel like the job we are least prepared for in life.
From its formation in 1876 Mothers’ Union has believed that supporting parents is of the utmost importance – not only for the parent-child relationship but for the impact good parenting has on the whole of society. Since 1999 Mothers’ Union has trained community-based facilitators to run effective groups for parents. Beginning in the UK, the programme is now operational in 26 countries with nearly 1,500 members trained to run groups.
Groups cater to different ages or parenting needs and provide an opportunity for parents, grandparents and carers alike to meet in a supportive environment. The aim is to help each person to develop their parenting skills, build relationships and contribute to the stability of family life in society. The participants learn as much from each other as from the facilitator.