Being a parent is both rewarding and challenging, no parent is perfect! The good news is that you can make small changes. You can strengthen your relationship with your child making the task of parenting easier and more enjoyable. If you are pregnant or have children ages 0-5 and want some help, Mellow is here for you. We care about you and your family, and want to support you to find your own solutions and make friends along the way. We figure if you are happier and taken care of, your children will be too. This group is for you.
What to Expect
Before the group starts a group facilitator will visit you at home and talk to you about what it is like to be in the group. You may already know her! She might show you a couple of videos of other parents who have attended. If you agree Mellow is the right group for you, she will return to your home and take a video of you with your child. The Mellow Practitioner will then view the video with you, looking out for what is going well! There are no “perfect parents” but you may be surprised to find many good things you are already doing! Usually we only see our faults. This can seem a bit frightening at first, but being able to think about your own ‘real life’ situation is a great way to see what works for you.
Before the first group, you will be invited to attend a “getting to know you” session, where you will meet the other group members and staff. Most importantly you will get to meet the Children’s Group Staff so that you and your baby/child are familiar with them.
Each day of the group has a different focus, but they all follow the same structure:
With children watched over, you will talk with other parents about your life and well-being. How are you doing? Some topics are Trust, Depression, You and Your Body and Self Esteem.
After lunch together, we re-join our kids for a fun activity like Gloop, Bubbles, Nursery Rhymes, Music or Hand Painting. All activities are free or cheap which you can try at home if you like
Children go back to children’s group and we discuss parenting with topics like Understanding, Keeping Children Busy and Feelings. We also share parent videos each week and you can offer your support and advice to other parents. No one is an expert and we can all learn from one another.
Who Do I Contact?
Would you like to attend a Mellow Group?
Your midwife, health visitor, social worker, or GP can refer you to the nearest group
Have you already attended a Mellow Group? We have a section called Stories From Parents and would love to share yours! Any other reason? Use the contact form below.
If you’re curious, here are the people behind the scenes working hard to develop Mellow Programmes! Mellow Staff