The Good Enough Parent

The good enough parent

The pressures on parents today are enormous. We are bombarded with images of the seemingly perfect parent and the perfect family via a mountain of books, in endless stories and images in print and social media. These stories and images rarely reflect the reality of parenthood.

Becoming a parent is a joy and delight for many but, for some of us, not so joyful and not so delightful. It can be tough and exhausting at the best of times. If there a life event like a bereavement, you are suffering postnatal depression, relationship tensions or a baby who rarely sleeps the pressure can be overwhelming. Any one of these issues saps energy and confidence, allowing self-doubt to creep in. We can start comparing ourselves to others and doubting our capabilities - and if we are convinced that everyone else is managing just fine, we can soon feel alone with these big feelings.

The reality is a little different There is no such thing as the perfect parent or the perfect childhood. Evidence in the fields of neuroscience and child development tell us we just have to be good enough parents around 30% of the time. If, for around that 30% of the time we meet the needs of our babies, infants, toddlers and children, they – and we - will be okay.

This course is aimed at parents who are experiencing those tough times and are feeling they are they’re just not good enough. It runs over 6 weeks and explores how our babies’, infants’ and toddlers’ brains develop in relationship with us,  looking at a range of strategies and activities that can bring some joy and delight into our relationship with our little ones.

Topics include:

  • what is good enough? It’s normal not to be perfect
  • what’s going on inside our babies’ brains and bodies
  • how that impacts on us and how we impact on them
  • what helps and hinders when things get tough
  • what we can do and how we can do it

Class times and cost:

Monday afternoons 1pm - 2.30pm over six weeks.

Maximum of 12 places per group and with a mixture of learning and activities,

Cost: £75 per person for the six week course.

To book a class or buy a gift voucher please call treat's Reception Team: 01603 514195 or [email protected]