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In the service of young mothers and fathers

Some of the facilitators; they will conduct talks and hold book reading sessionsPhotos: K. Pichumani

Some of the facilitators; they will conduct talks and hold book reading sessionsPhotos: K. Pichumani  

Parenting is difficult. Watch a parent feeding a reluctant child a few mouthfuls of food and you’ll know how difficult.

A few friends have come together to make parenting less stressful.

Parenting Matters, which is launching its parenting resource centre today at Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, aims to help parents understand the needs and wants of their children and also discover more about themselves as a parent in the process.

The centre, which now has eight trained facilitators, was established in 2004 by organising workshops at schools.

“We were three friends who were interested in learning about good parenting techniques. We found that just like us, many other parents were finding it difficult to communicate effectively with their children. This was when we came across the Montessori way of parenting. What’s going on with my child? How can I help? Our job is to help parents find answer to these questions in a positive manner,” said Kesang Menezes, founder of Parenting Matters.

The team expanded slowly as parents who joined as participants wanted to become a part of the organisation as a facilitator.

“I was sitting at the basketball court with my daughter when I met Kesang. I had delivered my second child then. They really helped me out when I was struggling to handle both my children without disappointing either of them. I understood that a whole new world with various options open up when we put ourselves in our children’s shoes. Also, I really liked this environment as it did not have a rigid format and wasn’t prescriptive in nature,” said Prerna Kalra, a parent-turned-facilitator.

The team also helps parents get rid of the guilt of not being a successful parent.

“When I was a participant I felt that their approach was a very balanced one. It helps parents take a neutral stance between two extremes of authoritarian and permissive approach. Personally, I found that the bond with my children was getting stronger,” said Seemathini Iyer, one of the facilitators at Parenting Matters.

Parenting matters will be conducting free talks on September 23 and 24. They also have an in-house library which has books to help parents. For more information, visit www.parentingmatters.in



“We discovered that many parents were finding it difficult to communicate effectively with their children. This was when we came across the Montessori way of parenting.”





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