HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF FAMILY LIFE – Family Links: The Nurturing Programme

Are you interested in improving your parenting skills and enhancing your relationships even further with your children? The nurturing programme for parents run throughout the year at the Centre. The Nurturing Programme helps deal with those challenges so that you can have a calmer, happier life. A tried and tested programme; it helps us think about what we do, why we do it and how it makes us feel.

In the last 21 years, Family Links has helped over 100,000 families achieve profound change through the nurturing programme. We will be running the ten-week course throughout 2018. Each session is two hours with tea breaks. Partners are welcome, and it’s also okay to come on your own or with a relative or friend. Crèche is available with a settling in process. You will need to go to all ten sessions.

“The weekly sessions have a supportive informal atmosphere for the parents attending. We focus on listening to parents and giving them guidance with no right or wrong answers.” Jennifer Murphy, course tutor and senior family support worker at the Centre.

The Nurturing Programme aims to help adults understand and manage feelings and behaviour and become more positive and nurturing in their relationships with children and each other. It encourages an approach to relationships that gives children and adults an emotionally healthy start for their lives and learning.

American child psychologist Dr Stephen J Bavolek developed the Nurturing Programme in the 1970s. Bavolek researched dysfunctional and abusive family interactions; he identified four destructive parental behaviour patterns and developed the Nurturing Programme to counter these.

“I really enjoyed the course as I learned so much about positive ways to cope with my granddaughter when her behaviour was not so good” Jenny, Nurturing Programme 2017

The Nurturing Programme Four Constructs

As the building blocks of emotional intelligence and relationship skills, the Nurturing Programme uses the Four Constructs:
1.Self-awareness and self-esteem
2.Appropriate expectations
3.Positive discipline
4.Empathy

For more information and to book your place speak to Jennifer on 020 8740 8008 or pop in to see us at Old Oak Community and Children’s Centre, 76 Braybrook Street, W12 0AP