Feeling like you are overwhelmed and on an emotional roller coaster are common feelings for parents. After all, it may well be the hardest job on the planet. Children are hard-wired to need security, and parents are hard-wired to provide it; but where do you begin? And if there has been a trauma or challenges to the child’s sense of security, how do you help to heal that?
Beginning Thursday May 19th, Child Haven will offer an eight week relationship-based parenting class designed to offer key principles of enhancing a sense of security for your child in an easy to learn and supportive way. The program, Circle of Security (COS), is based on 5 decades of research indicating that children who feel more secure are more likely to enjoy more happiness with their parents; feel less anger; turn to their parents for help when they are in trouble; solve problems on their own; get along better with friends; trust people they love; and be kinder to those around them. The course will be facilitated by Child Haven’s Clinical Director Sonja New. New is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Registered COS Parent Educator.
Circle of Security is an 8-week course, beginning Thursday May 19th and meeting every Thursday evening from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. The group is designed for anyone parenting a young child, and classes will be held at Child Haven, 801 Empire Street, at the corner of Webster in downtown Fairfield. It is funded by First 5 Solano and the Mental Health Services Act. The class will accept new members through the first week.
For more information or to sign up for the class, call Mary Walker at (707) 425-5477 ext 100.