Brig Sushil Bhasin | Parenting
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Parenting session at Silva Brook Pre School

Time- Started at 11:30 Am Sunday- 3:00 pm 19th February 2012

Venue- Silva Brook Pre- School

Participants: The beneficiaries include all couples who either have not completed their families or they have a child less than 5 year of age.  About 15-20 couples attend the parenting workshop

Facilitators: Brig. Sushil Bhasin, former Chairman of Army School Bareilly. He is an esteemed member of the ASCD- Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the co- chairman of the international Council for Esteem- ICSE. He has successfully conducted similar workshop on experiential learning with young students of various schools all over India.

The summary an overview of the workshop includes:-
1.     Setting up the Audience
2.     Content and Methodology
3.     Workshop Description
4.     FAQ & Conclusion

1. Setting Up the Audience:-
–       An introduction among all the participants:-
A brief introduction among the participating and a background information and family history is gathered.
A Special Play time session:-
A warm up activity- electron style running. This was followed by forming a mix group. The main objective of this group was to share their experience as parents, challenges they face and other issues among themselves. This was conducted to help parents get to know the other participants and become more comfortable in the group and lastly to create a comfortable learning environment.
2. Content and Methodology: The topics during the workshop are care during pregnancy,
care of newborn babies, child development.
The sessions during the workshop are mostly interactive in nature and techniques like
Sharing their experience, interactive games, story discussion, etc. is utilized
to make these sessions interesting, and thus, achieve its objectives.  Problem-solving  exercises are used so that the participants get better understanding of the topics.  Effort is  also made to improve dialogue between the husband and wife on issues related to child
health and development. 

3. Workshop Description:-
–       The workshop was divided into two sessions. In both parents were divided into groups.
–        In the first session they asked the challenges they face and their expectations from this workshop. Basis of these expectations the discussion consist of the following important points that the parents wanted to discuss / learn from the workshop:
a.    Sharing experiences with each other
b.    Knowledge on the basic up-bringing and learning from past experience.
c.     Taking out time from the busy schedule and time management
d.    Validating the parenting techniques and mistakes
e.    Becoming good teachers for the child
f.     Understand the attitude of the child and mould them to become a good human being
g.    How to handle 2nd and 3rd kids
h.    Bringing change from negative to positive attitude
i.      Child’s interest and aptitude
j.      Strength of the child.

–       The second session topic was the values that the parents wanted to give to their child and the techniques that can be used to teach the kids.

–       Out of the values suggested some of the important and common values and the techniques to apply to teach the kids these attributes as per the parents were-
Techniques Suggested
-Examples and actions
– By story and teach the moral of the story
– Punishment / Corrections
– No conditions and false deprivation
– threat and fear
–       Example
–       By action
–       Appreciation
–       Realisation
–       Example
–       Realisation
–       Importance
Good Human Being
–       Teaching a child distinction between good deed and bad deed
4.     FAQ and Conclusion-
Some of the important learning from the sessions and other topics discussed summary:-
o   Understand their child’s worries and other feelings more fully
o   Enjoy playing with their children and giving them positive attention
o   Increase their listening skills and develop open communication with their children
o   Develop self confidence as parents
o   Become more able to trust their children
o   Deal in new ways with frustrations in family life
o   Purpose of punishments
o   Making a child realize the mistakes and its implications
o   Parenting – child need parents presence not their presents
o   Both the parents are equally important
o   Mind and its two parts- conscience and sub-conscience and its importance.
o   Talking to the child while they are sleeping and its effectiveness
o   Identifying the uniqueness of each child and developing and nurturing it.


  • Bridget Saju
    Posted at 19:09h, 21 February Reply

    Attending a parenting workshop 4 years back as an expecting mother, I really did not understand the whole fuss about parenting. It was like, if you can manage a team of adults at work, how difficult it can be to manage a tiny little thing less than 3 feet.
    Fast forward to 4 yrs here I have realized one thing that no amount of experience, qualification or mental/physical strength can teach you to be the best parent. The only person who can show you or teach you is your own child. As Brig. Sushil Bhasin rightfully said in his session “Every child is unique and every parent will have a unique experience.”
    All the learning’s from that enlightening workshop by Brig. Sushil Bhasin is now being utilised in each and every day of my life. Especially now, when I have also started teaching a bunch of 40 adolescent kids in a school. Every day poses as a new challenge but I remind myself to reconsider every challenge as the window of opportunity to grow. I have started accepting and appreciating each child's uniqueness and nurturing it with utmost love and respect.
    I am four years late in showing my gratitude but I really want you to know that these learning have become the key knowledge for my life. As you rightfully said “Parenting is not about being the best parent or teacher but being there for your kid and loving, trusting and supporting him/her always”.
    Bridget and Saju

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