Peers4Parents Parent Programme
Do you recognize this in your children?
- extremely intense and sensitive
- fast, curious, innovative
- bored easily at school
- lots of energy, enterprising
- sometimes seems chaotic and/or disorganized
- high expectations of self and/or others
- strong cognitive skills and emotionally unbalanced
- difficulty learning despite his/her (presumed) giftedness
- difficulty finding friends among peers
The challenges that parents of gifted children face during parenting are often quite different compared to those of most other parents. These children tend to be creative deep thinkers with a high awareness. They experience both their inner world and the outside world in a quite intense manner, which is often hard to grasp and understand by others. As a result the child often feels misunderstood. The worst case scenario being that the child is unable to mirror himself to his environment and could develop a false self-image.
As a parent, you are faced with the challenge of supporting your child in getting to know himself and in learning to live in harmony with others. The mismatch between who the child is, what he needs to develop and the opportunities the environment offers could complicate that task or simply make it less fun. This provides parental stress and costs energy. The stress can also put pressure on communication within the family itself.
Peers4Parents focuses on supporting parents in parenting, as positive parenting provides more positive energy, emotional balance and pleasure in parenting.
Would you like to:
- discover how to better understand your child?
- share experiences with other parents who understand you?
- find tools to guide your child emotionally?
- improve communication and relationship with your child, partner and/or school?
Then the Peers4Parents Parent Program we offer is for you! The aim is to let parents experience by means of guided discussion groups (guided by 2 facilitators per group) how they can provide adequate emotional guidance of their gifted child through their own strength.
The themes of Peers4Parents are based on the book by American psychologist James T. Webb: 'A parents' guide to gifted children'.
Characteristics of Gifted Children
- Communication: the key to relationships
- Motivation, enthusiasm and (under) performance
- Discipline and self-management
- Intensity, perfectionism and stress / Idealism, happiness and depression
- Social contacts: The importance of peers
- Other children in the family: only child and siblings
- Values & traditions & being unique & distinctive / The complexities of successful parenting.
The parent discussion groups are unique in the sense that they support parents in finding their own personal way of emotionally guiding their children. It helps them find empowerment, so that they can stand next to their child from their own strength.
Parents/carers of (presumably) gifted children who would like to learn how to raise their gifted child from their own strength and support them in their (emotional) development.
The intensive Peers4Parents Program consists of 8-10 meetings with a fixed group of a maximum of 16 parents. The emphasis during the course is on the exchange of experiences between parents. At these meetings, parents prepare themselves substantively with the literature and other sources of information provided. The aim is to let parents experience by means of guided discussion groups (guided by 2 facilitators per group) how they can adequately provide in the emotional guidance of their gifted child.
For this series of meetings, parents pay €595 (incl. VAT) per family for 8/10 meetings of 1.5 hours.
After registration you will receive an invoice for payment. Registration is only final after payment has been made. You will then receive an invoice for confirmation at the (e-mail)address you have provided.
It is desirable that, if possible, both parents/guardians participate in the program.
The program will take place with a minimum number of participants of 5 families.
The costs include:
- drink and food
The costs do nót include:
the costs for the book 'A parents' guide to gifted children ' by James T. Webb, among others, from which you as parent(s)/caregiver(s) prepare each week for the theme to be treated. You can order this at bol.com for €53,-, or through amazon.co.uk for approximately £19,- (excluding shipping).
Each meeting lasts approximately one and a half hours. Each meeting is organized weekly with the exception of school holidays.
Interested in organising English Peers4Parents programme for your community in the Maastricht - Heerlen - Sittard region? Feel free to contact us, to discuss the options.