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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007
Parent Program
In light of my recent post regarding parenting and autism, I talked to the principal of M's school about whether she would like me to post details of the parenting course that both my wife and I have done. This is her reply, posted here with her permission.

Hello Again Neil

I got to read your blog yesterday before the parent meeting started and I have to tell you that last Friday I saw M run to greet you and the hug you shared and I remember thinking that that was a beautiful moment between a dad and his daughter and how privileged was I to see it. So thank you for sharing the love and patience it took to get there. Never underestimate and never give up – just try and find a different track if needs be – is what I believe BUT I can understand how wearing and, at times, disheartening it can be.

Now, of course I had forgotten, temporarily, the Parent Program being run at St Kevins on Monday mornings – 9:15 – 10:45 for five weeks ( March 19, 26 April 23, 30 and May 7) Cost $100.oo for the 5 sessions – contact St Kevin’s Parish School, 76 Glen Orme Ave Ormond Telephone 9578 1172.

This Parent Program is probably one of the most important things I have ever done, it helped enormously with raising our daughter. It gave my wife and I, a completely new way of looking at being a parent. This course is suitable for any parent with children of any age, from babies to teenagers and it is not autism specific in any way. All the teachers at M's school have done the course and acknowledge how good it is.

What I promise you is that it will give you a whole new way of thinking about parenting. You need to commit to the whole five week course as each week builds from the previous. If you have some intractable problem with your children, or even if you just want to find a new way of relating to them, this is the course for you. I highly recommend it.


  posted at 12:09 pm

At 12:57 pm, Blogger Maddy said...

Well hi de ho there. We appear to have quite a lot in common. Can't say that I'll be nipping over for parent classes anytime soon, but perhaps I can judge cadge off you.
Cheers from a whinging pom [sp.]

At 6:53 pm, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Sounds excellent and it sounds like a great support place which we all need from time to time.

At 12:38 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe there is a hardwired programme installed in children's minds right from the start that is like a course on how best to make parents life hard and interesting. Attendence is not voluntary and there are refresher courses pretty much all the way to adulthood, including a finishing course for some (usually followed by a wake)!

At 6:01 am, Blogger CookingDiva - Chef Melissa said...

Hola Neil! I think it is beautiful that you share the letter and your thoughts with Us. Thank you,

At 2:19 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi mcewen, borrow away to your heart's content. It's like we do have to help each other.

Hi tanna, it's a really great progam with good insights.

Hi greg, I think you might be right there.

Hola melissa, anytime, though I don't like to stray to far from food. Glad you enjoyed a different point of view.


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