Thursday, November 1, 2012

Circle of Parents

Are you a parent or caregiver of a child 6 months to five years of age? Would you like to talk with other parents and caregivers about parenting?  Do you ever find yourself stressed with your children and wish you had another parent to talk with? Would you like your child to have an opportunity to play with other children in a high quality learning environment?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Circle of Parents might be for you!

 Alexander County Partnership for Children has started a parent support group that meets weekly at their offices on Highway 90. This support group is open to all parents and caregivers who are residents of Alexander County and who have children 6 months to five years of age and has a corresponding children’s playgroup where children can play while their parents meet and talk with other parents.

The Circle of Parents support group helps build friendships with other parents and caregivers who share common challenges and experiences in parenting. It’s also a place for parents and caregivers to be able to share their successes with one another. The weekly group is co-led by parents and a trained group facilitator. The group is an open place for parents and caregivers to share their experiences and find strength in each other.

What can you hope to gain from this group? You can have a feeling of belonging and relief while you learn that you are not alone in the challenges of parenting. You will learn about opportunities and other resources within the community and listen to others as they share their stories. You will also get a chance to learn how to become an advocate for yourself and others while giving and receiving support.  The best part of this group is that the parents involved make the decisions about what the group will discuss. 

The weekly meetings take place at Alexander County Partnership for Children on Thursday mornings from 10-11:30. In addition to the parent group, the children have a wonderful playroom filled with toys and activities that promote early learning and development as well as giving children the opportunity to play with other children and learn social skills that will help prepare them for kindergarten. 

The Alexander County Partnership for Children is a non-profit organization that provides programs and services for families and children in the County.

If you or someone you know needs parenting support, or if you would like more information about this program, please stop by the Partnership at 1565 NC Highway 90W in Taylorsville, call 828-632-3799 or visit