Parent Gym

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parentgymParent Gym is a series of workshops proven to increase parents’ skills and confidence and so improve the behaviour and wellbeing of their children.
Our work hopes to support families so that their children are given the best start in life. At the moment only 16% of pupils who are eligible for free school meals progress to university (Sutton Trust 2010). Great parenting plays a part in changing this and so increases social mobility for the next generation.
Each Parent Gym session comes with a full colour magazine and is delivered by a Parent Gym Coach who has been through rigorous assessment and training.

How it works

Parent Gym is a course of six 2-hour workshops with ‘missions’ to complete in between each one. Each ‘gym’ has up to 20 parents and one Parent Gym Coach.

Each week’s session is devoted to a different topic and comes with its own unique Parent Gym magazine packed with practical tips. The highly participative sessions explore a vast range of questions such as: How long can a child concentrate for? What happens if they bully other children? What can I do to get them eating vegetables? The diagram shows the topics covered in our five week programme.

The ‘gym’ sessions are facilitated by our very special Parent Gym coaches. These are parents who have been trained and rigorously assessed against the five disciplines of The Mind Gym: Credibility, Navigation, Individual focus, Affinity and Spirit.

Why it matters

The political leaders, social scientists and professional experts agree that parenting has a powerful positive impact on a range of social outcomes from academic performance and school attendance to health, social confidence, stability of romantic relationships and future career success.

There’s a clear financial impact on the public sector too. A child with conduct disorder at 10 years of age will cost £70,000 in public services by the age of 28, compared to £10,400 for a child with no problems (Scott et al. (2001) longitudinal study, refers to 1998 figures).

Being a parent of young children is difficult. More than two thirds of parents say their life was easier before having children, one in four admitted they didn't cope easily and nearly one in five worry that other people are more competent parents. Most parents think it's harder to raise children as 'good people' than 20 years ago (BMRB Omnibus Survey, 2006).

It doesn’t have to be so hard. Our research has identified the seven parenting priorities: rules, health, love, friends and family, chat, arguments, and finally, learn.