What are Parent Café’s?
FUN—FREE—Supportive—Educational—PARENT-LED get-togethers where parents can talk openly with one another about the struggles of parenting and ways to strengthen their families. Over the course of six evenings (you don’t have to come to all six), parents discuss a variety of topics.
Parent Cafés provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with other parents and caregivers about things that are important to building and maintaining strong, healthy families. The Cafés are “hosted” by parents from the community who have been trained on how to help facilitate the conversation and discussion. The goals of these sessions are to help parents help each other to:
- Grow stronger and more flexible as they share challenging personal events and reflect on the actions taken in response, what happened as a result, and what was learned. Listening to each other brings the realization that all families face difficulties, and can survive them and become stronger as a result.
- Build friendships and relationships of mutual support in the process of having conversations with other parents and caregivers.
- Learn about resources and obtain support by reflecting on their barriers to receiving help, becoming more open to accessing help, and learning from other parents about support that has helped them.
- Add to parenting knowledge by listening to other parents and sharing ideas and approaches to common issues.
- Build appreciation for the essential role they play with each of their children in helping them achieve their potential.
Why should you come to a Parent Café?
- Get ideas for managing the challenges of parenting
- Build friendships and get support from other parents – while getting a little break!
- Grow into a stronger and more flexible parent/caregiver
- Get some time to reflect on your family, and how important you are, as a parent!
Who can attend Parent Café’s?
Anyone in a parenting role! Moms, dads, relative caregivers, foster parents, etc. are welcome! It doesn’t matter if your kids are toddlers or teenagers, whether you’re a new or a seasoned parent – Cafés are for ALL parents.
Can I attend more than one Café?
You can come to as many as you like! They are organized as a series of six, each focused on a specific theme – but each Parent Café is so unique that you can attend two Café’s on the same theme – but there will be different people, different questions to discuss and different conversations which emerge.
When will Parent Café take place?
Every TUESDAY beginning April 4 through May 9, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm
Where will the Parent Café’s take place?
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
1920 West Morris Street
Indianapolis, IN 46221
What about childcare and meals?
Childcare is provided FREE of charge however, the family must pre-register in order for Families First to ensure enough childcare providers and food are available for everyone who attends!
The Café’s always start with a meal, which is FREE. Parents and kids eat together, before the children go to childcare.
How do I get more information?
For more information or to register by phone, call: (317) 634-6341
Upcoming Parent Cafe Information
Session 1 (April 4, 2017): Enhancing Family Support
Family members, friends, coworkers: who has your back? Who provides support that helps you be a strong parent? Learn about ways you can you enhance or build your social network to better meet the needs of you or your family.
Session 2 (April 11, 2017): How to Stretch a Dollar
Taking care of a family comes with great responsibility, especially when it comes having adequate resources to meet all of our needs. Have you ever found yourself on hard times and weren’t sure where to turn? Join us in sharing ways you may have had to change your lifestyle and/or utilize the resources that have been available.
Session 3 (April 18, 2017): Screen Time
Technology is become more prevalent in our everyday lives and is changing the way individuals and families interact with each other. Learn about how other parents protect their children from the dangers of the internet world and how to stay connected with each other by setting limits on screen time.
Session 4 (April 25, 2017): Managing Challenging Behaviors and Avoiding Power Struggles
Power struggles can occur over just about anything. Some typical conflict arenas are bedtime, getting out the door, food, chores, getting dressed, homework and use of electronics. Battling with children creates anger, resentment, distance and rebellion. It is always lose-lose. Join the discussion with other parents to discover tools for getting things done without going to battle with their child.
Session 5 (May 2, 2017): Health Lifestyles
We live in a fast-paced world, which often doesn’t feel like it lends itself to enough opportunities for a healthy diet and physical activities. Share ways that you promote healthy eating habits, avoid going through the drive-thru and encourage exercise and physical activities.
Session 6 (May 9, 2017): Keep Your Family Grounded and Connected
Just like with any relationship, building a positive relationship between a caregiver and a child requires hard work, patience and understanding to make it strong and successful. Parenting is a tough job and maintaining a strong relationship helps to ensure that families stay connected.