Parent Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
WHAT IS THE PARENT WELLNESS COMPASS: OUTFITTING FOR THE JOURNEY AND HOW COULD IT BE USED?
The Parent Wellness Compass: Outfitting For The Journey is a collection of thirty-two reflections, four for each area of wellness, meant for reflection and discussion. It can be used by a group of parents who want to meet on a regular basis or just once in a while, between co-parents, and by individual parents. This tool helps parents see the interconnectedness between eight areas of wellness, helps them take a look at their own parenting values and daily behaviors and, when used in a group setting, builds a community of support. Each reflection is followed by discussion questions and a place for parents to reflect on what they would like to do differently in the coming days as a result of what has been shared and discussed to be a better parent for their children.
WHO CAN LEAD A DISCUSSION USING THE PARENT WELLNESS COMPASS: OUTFITTING FOR THE JOURNEY?
Anyone who is comfortable leading discussions, who connects with parents, and can offer compassionate listening with sincere and gentle encouragement can fulfill this role.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PARENT WELLNESS COMPASS: OUTFITTING FOR THE JOURNEY AND THE PARENT WELLNESS CIRCLE PROGRAM?
The Parent Wellness Compass: Outfitting For The Journey reflections are meant for groups of parents who desire a chance to discuss the challenges to parenting in today’s world in a positive, productive way. The reflections help parents take a look at and review each of the eight areas of wellness, and then consider the ways they are leading their families in each area. Parents consider whether they would like to continue what they are currently doing or make changes to create more happiness and health for their families. Group discussion is encouraged, but sharing is not required.
The Parent Wellness Circle Program is, on the other hand, intended for a committed group of parents who, wanting to increase the overall well-being in their families, gain the support of other parents, and reduce stress at home, decide to join a wellness circle. In the program parents take an assessment that covers all eight areas of parent wellness, then over six sessions work on paying more attention to one of those areas. Each week there is a group discussion related to some truth about healthy parenting, and group members share the progress or challenges they are experiencing as they strive to create greater wellness for themselves and their families. See this website for training resources.
WHO CAN BECOME A PARENT WELLNESS CIRCLE FACILITATOR?
Anyone who is comfortable running groups, who connects with parents, and can offer compassionate listening with sincere and gentle encouragement can fulfill this role; you do not need to be a parenting expert. A Parent Wellness Circle facilitator will be involved in helping to support parents as they seek to create a life of greater wellness, so must be a nonjudgmental person who enjoys offering support, but not advise. At the core, the facilitator needs to have the ability to help create a safe space for parents to relax, feel free from judgment, and supported by the group as they take steps towards greater wellness for themselves and their families.
WHAT TRAINING IS NEEDED TO LEAD A PARENT WELLNESS CIRCLE?
No training is necessary, but it is advised that you read through the facilitator guide thoroughly, and take some time to listen to the tutorials as well. Once you have done these two things and have internalized the process you should be ready to go.
If attending a training with the creators of the program is possible that would also be great but is certainly not necessary. In person trainings prepare people to facilitate all of the three types of wellness circles: adult, parent or teen and are completed within one day.
WHERE CAN I ATTEND A TRAINING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PARENT WELLNESS COMPASS & PARENT WELLNESS CIRCLES?
We offer in person trainings that cover all of our programs - adult, teen, and parent. These are one day trainings that include meals.
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WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM READING THE PARENT WELLNESS COMPASS OR PARTICIPATING IN PARENT WELLNESS CIRCLES?
• Parents. By saying parents we mean all parents, regardless of the age of their children: biological parents, step-parents, foster parents, single parents, adoptive parents, and/or parents who are co-parenting with a spouse, ex-spouse,or partner.
• Expectant parents. Many expectant parents attend classes to help them prepare for the birth or arrival of their child. This book offers parents the chance to begin preparing for the social, emotional, and spiritual journey of parenthood that begins the moment their child joins the family.
• Grandparents, aunt and uncles, and other extended family members. Today, many extended family members are playing a big role in raising their grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. Having multiple members of an extended family read this book can be enriching for everyone, as discussions about different approaches to parenting emerge and get discussed, thus helping to avoid potential conflicts.
• Educators, parent groups within schools, non-profit leaders, community leaders, faith leaders, mental health providers, and all who work in their local communities with parents and families may find this book to be a valuable resource. Community leaders and organizations have a unique opportunity to create villages of support for parents, children, and families by using resources such as The Parent Wellness Compass as a foundation for programming in their communities.