Parent Café to facilitate deeper understanding

Heartland Youth Center, McMan Youth and the Library have partnered together to host "Parent Café" on the first Wednesday of each month.

In an attempt to enhance the relationship between parent and child, Heartland Youth Center (HYC) and McMan Youth have partnered with the Stettler Public Library to host a “parent café” on the first Wednesday of each month.

“Parent cafés are being run all over the world to bring parents of a community together,” said Big Brother Big Sister Mentoring Coordinator Christel Shuckburgh of HYC, who is one of the two facilitators, the other being Marlo Glennie, a child and family development worker at the CONNECTions program at McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association.

According to Shuckburgh, a parent café is a safe and comfortable place to share ideas on what works with your children and to build a sense of community.

“Christel and I are moms who understand the challenges that parents sometimes face, and know how rewarding parenting is,” said Glennie. “We would like other parents to interact with us and one another so that we can provide you with resources and support that can enhance your relationship with your kids and family.”

Both Shuckburgh and Glennie believe that through open, honest and guided discussions, the group will be able to focus on five protective factors that a child needs to thrive.

“Families are stronger when these factors exist, and communities are stronger when families are stronger,” Shuckburgh added. “We welcome parents and guardians of children under 18.”

The next “parent café” will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Stettler Public Library.