This week our training team have been busy preparing new sessions for parents and professional care-givers and reacting to the reality that childcare and parenting information is easily accessable and high in volume on the internet and parenting sites. However we hear that many are finding it difficult to work out what is opinion and what is fact, based on sound evidence. Take weaning as an example, the range of views would make anyone reel! Jill Wheatcroft, Lecturer in Child Health and co-founder of Riverside Cares is a key creator of our parenting programmes, you can pose questions directly to her on the website and she enjoys nothing more than meeting with parent and caregiver groups to speak to specific topics. Last week we took part in a session for Goldman Sachs and we found we benefited as much as the parents from hear what matters to you.
Last week many learnt the expression Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), understanding the damage drink does in utero is deeply distressing – we have written about this topic in this newsletter and would be interested in your views in our snapshot poll. Do you recall long ago people drinking to excess at parties and then driving home? The notion of designated driver did not exist, and hosts played no role in acting responsibly by not plying a driver with drink. Should women who drink during pregnancy be sent a clear message by friends and family that is unacceptable within a social group or at a social gathering? Yes we know FAS is currently linked to excess drinking but does one burrow down and say not at all?Equally should teenagers learn at school as part of their education about what damage can be done – early and consistant messaging about responsible behaviour. Too often we hear about young women drinking too much as a gateway to behaving exactly as they please, as if they can’t do that without the excuse of being powerless to stop themselves. Cases of liver disease in young women is rocketing. Are these the young women who are at higher risk of having a child with FAS? We’d be interested in your views and ideas.
As we head towards the Easter holidays for some youngsters this is a time of great pressure, the last big push before exams. We have Tutors available to support all levels on a range of topics. Our homework helpers offer a gentle educational equivalent of an ‘extra pair of hands’ if your youngster finds it hard to settle down to learn or complete homework having someone there who helps them focus can be very useful.
Our next training session is Paediatric First Aid on Sunday 23rd March, looking forward to seeing you there.
….and finally… do continue to send in your mini videos of helpful advice. Interested in taking part in an arts project for Riverside Cares celebrating family and caring. We’d love to hear from you contact us here to introduce yourself and we’ll tell you all about it.