Workshop on Family Emotional Health

In Pakistan, we have always been proud of the strength and support one is able to gain from family units. This support is not limited to a child’s transition to adulthood and does not require physical boundaries. Children and parents are able to live in unison mostly under the same roof in synergistic relationships.

Recently though,  the family unit is being constantly influenced by external sources in the forms of TV, cinema, or strangers over the internet etc, which according to some is causing this family unit to disintegrate.  Parents often complain that their children do not obey them, that there is a lack of respect and an overall loss of writ.  Parents also observe that they can no longer guide their children in times of need as the young ones do not see them as primary sources of support. This role is being replaced by friends and other acquaintances, potentially exposing the children to threats.

Children have their own observations with regards to the changing family dynamics. Some of them share that parents no longer listen or understand them, there is minimal time spent together involved in quality time. Some have even shared that the parents are physically unavailable for them in times of need.  They feel more connected to their own peer groups and sometimes adults they are not directly related with.

Rozan has been working on children’s emotional health from its inception. Through its vast expertise of working with children and their parents and due to the strongly reported need from clients, it is venturing into working with families with the following express goals:

  1. To provide support to parents for the incredibly complex and time unlimited job we call parenting.
  2. To provide communication skills training and practice within the family with a special emphasis on listening skills.
  3. Allowing parents to experience methods of positive disciplining with a minimum focus on punishment and to encourage child autonomy and independence within acceptable boundaries.
  4. To foster an environment at home that allows for inclusiveness with space for emotional sharing as well as the guarantee that disagreements or ‘exercises of power’ will not exclude the vital need for being understood by each family member.

 

Target population:

Adolescents (early and late stages) and their parents.

A maximum of ten families can be included.

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