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Parenting course

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Sps · 29/10/2002 19:12

Hello my name is Susan Kennard and I work with parents and children to help them think about any practical and emotional issues they may have.

I am going to be running a 6 week parenting course in Highbury one evening a week. The course will have a different focus each week on a particular subject. The course is both practical and emotional.
I have enough space for 10-12 people. If you would be interested in finding out more or know someone who could be interested, please email.

Thank you


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Willow2 · 29/10/2002 20:48

Susan, is this course free?


Sps · 29/10/2002 23:34

Hello Willow,

The course runs for 6 weeks and works out to be approximately £4.50 each week with tea and coffee and also i will stay later to help anyone who wants to talk privatley.

Please email me at [email protected] for more information,


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ScummyMummy · 29/10/2002 23:57

Hi Susan,
You may need to talk to Justine, Carrie or Rachel- who run this website- about advertising this in the appropriate place. There is a small fee I believe. You can reach them at [email protected]

Good luck with your course. Do you work for a particular organisation or are you a lone wolf with parenting expertise?


Sps · 02/11/2002 10:08

Hello scrummy mummy,

Thank you for your advice. I have spoken to Carrie now.

I work as a Parent and Family consultant visiting families to help with emotional and practical issues. I felt that a course was needed to bring an awareness to parents that they dont have to be perfect to be good parents. I think there is a lot of guilt surrounding parenting at the moment.

I hope this explains what i do. Please tell me your thoughts, thank you


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Deborahf · 02/11/2002 10:31

Hi Susan

Do you run similiar courses in the Bromley area? I would be interested to find out more. Do you have literature available to send out?



jac34 · 10/11/2002 07:54

I asked my Health Visitor if there were any Parenting Classes in my area.I felt I wanted some practical advice about disapline, for younger childern.My feeling was that if I could get them to behave now, then they would know where the boundies were as they got older.
She did alot of reserch(as I had already done myself), but dicovered that unless you live in an poorer area, or are already under a social worker, that there is nothing available at all.
We both agreed that this was rediculous!!! I'm sure there must be a masive demand for classes, from people not in this position.
Perhaps, if there was some kind of program available thoughout the country, then there would not be such a problem with young offenders.
Why does something need to go wrong, before parents are offered advise on how to disipline their childern in a civilized manor.


hmb · 10/11/2002 08:17

Do any of your local churches, of m & T groups run any? I'm not a committed christian myself, but I went to one run by my local Baptist church. It had a christian ethos, but was not 'preachy', and I found it very helpful. It was run by moderators, who stimulated discussion, showed videos, etc, rather than laying down the law. It had been set up IIRC by the baptist church in the UK, and was quite professional. Could you contact a local branch and see if they could find out adout it for you. Do any of the Christian Mumsnetters know anything about it?

Failing that try Home start. They tend to work with people referred to them by social services, but are very open and helpful. If they can't help directly, they may be able to guide you as to who could help set things up.

I agree with you that provision is poor. I fould my course very helpful, and also great fun.


ScummyMummy · 10/11/2002 09:31

Hi jac34- Did your Health Visitor try Parentline plus at all? I know they've got a very good reputation for running excellent courses so worth a look if you are anywhere near Bristol, Cumbria, Devon, Gloucestershire, London, Newcastle, Nottingham or Wirral. If you're miles away from any of those areas it might be worth calling them to see if they can recommend a similar course near you. The website is here . Click on the link in the top left turquoise box to see more info on courses specifically.


jac34 · 10/11/2002 11:36

Thanks scrummymummy for the parentline link,the website looked very interesting and could be useful, at any stage of their upbringing. Unfotunately, they don't run anything in my area.
Thanks also to hmb for the tip about the church groups.I think Care and the Family, may run something locally, but am not a religious person, and wonder how churchy it might be. I think I might also feel a bit of a fraud, using their courses when I'm not religious myself.


hmb · 10/11/2002 13:06

I had the same thought myself, but in the end I went because it was run by the same people who ran the M & T group I was involved with, so I didn't feel too 'cheeky'. Hope you find one that suits, I found mine very, very helpful.


SueW · 10/11/2002 15:39

NSPCC have a course which can be bought and run by anyone who's interested IIRC. HV's could get hold of the material and run it for any parents in their area.

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