Toyhouse - Mellow Parenting
Toyhouse is a 38 year old Tower Hamlets based Voluntary Sector family support organisation providing services for parents and children together. Our initial engagement is through the medium of play and, by this route, we provide support in a range of ways, mainly to families with pre-school children, but for some families up to the age of around 11yrs. Our services operate at both the universal and the targeted level, aiming to provide relevant and transformative support without causing stigma. We also provide a well-stocked Toy Library for the community to use.
A range of sessions for parents and their children to enjoy together as well as parenting courses, physical play sessions and a home visiting service for families where there is a child under 5 with an additional/special need.
Mellow Parents Course helps parents who, for one reason or another, struggle with the challenges of parenting
• For parents and their Children under five years
• We will meet one day a week for 14 weeks.
• There will be a maxium of 8 parents in the group.
• The course is free of charge & includes a shared light lunch
• Each day will be divided into 3 parts
1. Personal Group
You will join a group of parents with whom you can discuss the links between your own experiences in childhood and your experience of being a parent.
2. Activity and lunch with your child
All parents& facilitators involved in the group will prepare and eat a healthy light lunch together with their children. After lunch, we will all take part in group activities, during which you will be encouraged to play together with your child.
3. Parents’ workshop
In this session, you will get the chance to watch films of interactions between parents and their children and learn about positive parenting. Usually you will be given tasks to “Have a Go” at home, to practise new activities or skills that you have learned about on the course. During this final group session you will have the opportunity to discuss your ‘Have a Go’, successes from what you’ve learned. You will also be encouraged to try new solutions to your parenting challenges.