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Call for national conversation on parenting classes

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BEING A parent is both a pleasure and a privilege, however growing social issues, such as drugs, gangs and mental health difficulties, among many headline grabbers, suggest a crisis in the family structure wherever you live and whatever your identity and status.

The pressure is on parents to be brilliant at bringing up children, but where’s the manual? That question is prompting a call for a national conversation on the subject of parenting classes, at a Mothering Sunday award event, on March 11 2018.

Brilliant Parents is a social enterprise, based in north-West London which has provided the internationally evidence-based Triple P – Positive Parenting Program for parents in the London boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Camden, Hillingdon to name a few.

It has been commissioned by London local authorities, schools and the NHS. Moving testimonials will take place, discussing saved marriages and relationships with young children and testing teenagers.

Brilliant Parents see it as their mission to normalise parenting classes - classes which are praised by parents as “so good they should be obligatory for parents across the UK”.

Meave Darroux, chief executive of Brilliant Parents, amplifies those views saying: “Brilliant Parents has, for several years, supported parents - many of them single mothers - to meet parenting challenges and help pull many children back from the brink of care orders or from developing emotional and behavioural problems.

"However, sadly, many parents feel overwhelmed by social policy which means they sometimes feel that they have to parent with their hands ‘tied behind their backs’ as children today have all the rights, but very little of the responsibility. This is compounded by the fact that good parenting is taken for granted and there is little preparation for the most important job in the world - but when things fall apart inevitably it is the parent/s who are blamed."

Brilliant Parents is kick-starting the conversation with an anticipated 200 or more parents attending a fundraiser and Parent Awards event on March 11 2018, at the Royal Lounge Banqueting Suite, Wembley High Road, London HA9 6AA.

Keynote speaker is Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Priest Vicar at Westminster Abbey and Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen.

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