Team work works and all relationships matter
Dr Christine Puckering from Mellow Parenting tells the story of a family, and how trauma informed care can foster better relationships.
Harriet* was terrified, that like her first child, her new baby, Sam*, would be taken away and adopted. During a Mellow Babies group, she spent some time looking back at her childhood. Here, she was able to talk about the emotional and sexual abuse she suffered from her father in her childhood, and also that her mother had not supported her when she disclosed abuse. Her father never acknowledged the abuse and he served a custodial sentence for his crime.
“I know how that feels. I have been there”. Her commitment was such that she never missed a group even though she was very unwell one week.
“You believed in me so I believed in myself”.
What is Mellow Parenting?
Mellow Parenting is a charity that is committed to working with the least privileged families in society. The groups are intensive and last 14 weeks, with parents and children both attending for one full day a week. Part of the day involves parents reflecting on their own history and lives, while their children are in a children’s group. Over a shared meal, parents, staff and children can relax and chat. The children, some of whom have never been able to sit long enough at a table to eat, or who are faddy and fussy about food, will start to enjoy a social meal.
Dr Christine Puckering is a Mellow Consultant at Mellow Parenting
The views expressed in this blog post are those of the author/s and may not represent the views or opinions of CELCIS or our funders.
Commenting on the blog posts
Sharing comments and perspectives prompted by the posts on this blog are welcome. CELCIS operates a moderation process so your comment will not go live straight away.