Parents Forum: fostering caring, honest and respectful
communications throughout society, starting in families
Parent Peer Support
We all want the best for our kids! But at one time or another, despite good intentions, we may stray from the good path we envision. Parents Forum strategies can help you establish strong relationships with other caring adults and stay on that good path.
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The way we were raised has enormous influence on how we behave and on whether we succeed at work. Empathy, and training to develop empathy, is gaining attention as a key contributor to productivity and effective leadership. Let Parents Forum mini-sessions improve the emotional climate in your workplace.
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Community groups serving all ages often face challenges in motivating and engaging members. Your parent association, youth group or senior center may want to improve internal communications or outreach. Parents Forum can help you enhance communication and leadership in your group whether it is based at a school, agency or faith community.
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“This is what is missing in a lot of other parents’
programs! The workshop gave me information I can use immediately, at home and everywhere.”
—Workshop Participant, Chicago Illinois
Read The Book
Where the Heart Listens describes Parents Forum, a program based on thoughtful examination of eight original questions about family life issues. The workshops, designed by Eve Sullivan and Christine Bates, develop parenting skills and are suitable for various settings. While nothing replaces the experience of a Parents Forum workshop, Where the Heart Listens serves as a “workshop in your pocket” and can help parents, children and all family members improve their communications skills.
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Watch the video
This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health and behavior.
A revelation and a plea
Parents Forum should be free, in part because support that is freely offered is simply priceless/ The other reason, which leads to the plea, is that nobody seems to want to pay for what we offer. Sad face.
The heartfelt plea:
Could you kindly make a small donation, or a large one, to support our peer support program as we move into our second quarter century? With a lot of volunteer effort over many years and wonderful support from community-minded businesses, Parents Forum is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. I cannot quite believe it, but it’s true.
If you are in or near Cambridge, Mass. please join us next Monday, May 15th, on International Day of Families
for our anniversary celebration. Tickets are still available.
And, wherever you are, please take a look at this article
in the spring newsletter of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.