When a child is engaged in risky behavior, the worry and heartache of the parents is tremendous. Additionally, they are often contending with emotions such as their own guilt and anxiety. The turmoil in their household can negatively affect the relationship between spouses and between them and their other children. The Parent Support Group, facilitated by our clinical supervisor, Dr. Jerry Lob, allows these parents to share with others going through similar experiences and recognize that they are not alone. The group is a non-judgmental “community” of peers. The participants share ideas and strategies with each other and, through their mutual support, they share hope
Not every parenting challenge is a “crisis”, but oftentimes parents would like advice as to how to deal with a specific circumstance or incident in their child’s life. Parenting books and other resources abound, but there is no substitute for the individualized guidance of an experienced professional who keenly understands the situation. Our devoted and expert staff stands ready to counsel parents – over the phone or in person – about any issue confronting their family and help them find appropriate strategies and sustainable solutions.
Broad awareness and education for parents in our community is key to a healthy environment in which to raise emotionally strong and spiritually connected children. As our society changes ever more quickly, parents need to stay abreast of cultural developments and challenges that face our youth. Madraigos arranges for renowned and expert guest lecturers to present on a host of topics relevant to all parents in the community. These presentations are geared to educate, motivate and, ultimately, to empower parents to best support and facilitate their family’s growth.
Parenting workshops provide knowledge and parenting strategies in a fully interactive format. Madraigos-trained facilitators lead small groups of parents in a series of far-reaching topics and discussions. Subjects such as discipline, instilling self-esteem, managing sibling rivalry, social development, healthy boundaries and many other crucial subjects are presented and explored in a comprehensive and practical way. Challenges of each age and developmental stage are addressed: from the tantrums of young children to the unpredictability of adolescents to the emotional complexities of emerging adults. These workshops are meticulously designed to teach best practices and to facilitate attentive and deliberate parenting.
Our lending and on-line libraries provide parents with a selection of educational and motivational literature and audio lectures. Books on a wide range of parenting topics provide practical advice and strategies as well as essential underlying theory. All are welcomed to browse our selection of books or ask the clinical staff for recommendations to best address their needs and interests. Our website contains downloadable articles and other literature on specific topics, as well as audio of lectures from parenting and educational experts.