Parenting is a journey, not a destination. And preparing children to grow up to be productive well-adjusted individuals with the requisite skills to manage life’s challenges and opportunities can feel overwhelming. The women of Team Faithful are passionate about their children’s success and opted to go through an eight-week journey of the Mind in the Making (MITM) program to feel better equipped to manage the social and emotional development and academic pursuits of their children. Through the two-month learning series, the women learned that they each had the skills and foundational knowledge to raise their children successfully.
To better understand the learning experiences of their children, the women examined their previous learning opportunities, taking into consideration the overwhelming and fast-paced nature of today’s society. Through exercises and games, they were able to explore the times when they successfully and unsuccessfully used the seven life skills covered in MITM. These reflections, in addition to the research covered on child development, deepened their understanding of how individuals learn and provided insights into the newness of each skill from a child’s perspective.
The moms and to-be moms were amazed to discover that children often begin developing these skills in the womb or at birth. One mom stated, “Children are so much smarter and more intellectual than one might imagine. It’s amazing that they can form a huge emotional bond so early in life.” The group was excited to learn that the skills were interconnected, building on each other, and that healthy parental and supportive relationships were the glue to helping children become independent adults with strong executive functions.
With bonds formed and connections made, a final reaction was shared by one of the moms: “It’s really powerful to be surrounded by such strong mothers. And it’s great to know that [you] are not alone and that parenting does not need to be perfect.”
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