Par­ent course wins praise

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

Be­ing a par­ent is sel­dom a walk in the park, but thanks to the Barnar­dos-run In­cred­i­ble Years course over a dozen Marl­bor­ough mums can tackle each day with re­newed con­fi­dence.

Thir­teen mums, in­clud­ing one grand­mother, took on the 14-week course which aims to equip par­ents with the tools to bet­ter raise their kids.

For one mum, Sarah Ed­monds, tak­ing the course was a choice well made.

‘‘It’s the best de­ci­sion I ever made.

‘‘ I was strug­gling a bit with man­ag­ing my kids’ be­hav­iour so I rang up Barnar­dos for some ad­vice and they sug­gested I do this course.

‘‘It’s helped me with so many things like learn­ing how to play ef­fec­tively with my chil­dren and I also un­der­stand chil­dren a lot bet­ter,’’ the mum of two says.

An­other mum Jody Ed­wards says she found the course not only help­ful with rais­ing her 5 and 3-year-old but her 13 and 12-yearold as well.

‘‘I was skep­ti­cal at first be­cause I did it to help me with my older kids and I didn’t think it could help, but it has been amaz­ing,’’ Jody says.

Even though she lives in Ward Jody made the weekly drive to Blen­heim to at­tend the 21⁄ hour

2 course.

‘‘ It was def­i­nitely worth the travel cost. I would rec­om­mend this course to any­one.’’

Barnar­dos Marl­bor­ough fam­ily sup­port worker and course fa­cil­i­ta­tor Cath Walker says she has been hugely im­pressed with the class at the course.

‘‘We have all worked re­ally well to­gether and made some great friend­ships, which I hope the mums keep.

‘‘They have been very ded­i­cated to stick with the course for the full 14 weeks,’’ she says.

A grad­u­a­tion was held for the mums on Wed­nes­day last week.

The course was de­vel­oped in the US and is funded in New Zealand by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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