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About Growing up Together ONLINE Workshops

As a result of the global pandemic, families with children under the age of six found themselves under additional pressure, especially those who lived in circumstances that made parenting difficult even before the pandemic.

The Growing up Together ONLINE Program is intended for parents who raise children in a more demanding parenting circumstances and/or parents who for various reasons cannot participate in face-to-face workshops. Growing up Together ONLINE is the first of Growing up Together programs to combine a face-to-face approach (in the first and final workshop involving parents and children) with a remote approach, via video calls to parents (in eight online workshops).

As a result of the global health pandemic, families with children under the age of six found themselves under additional pressure, especially those who lived in circumstances that had made parenting difficult even before the pandemic.The purpose of the Program is to enable the exchange of information, knowledge, skills and support which parents use in fulfilling their parental responsibilities and promote personal growth and development of parent and child competencies, within the context of the pandemic. The main goal of the Program is to create a collaborative and supportive environment through which parents, with workshop leaders and other parents, can:

  • share experiences about how they live their parenthood
  • learn about both the needs of children and of parents, and ways to meet them in different life circumstances
  • increase knowledge about communication and developing good relationships
  • get to know themselves better as parents, especially their strengths
  • receive support in finding their own solutions to the difficult situations they cope with
  • try out new skills useful in parenting
  • look for answers to other questions that are important to them


The program of workshops with parents Growing up Together ONLINE consists of ten thematically linked workshops conducted by specifically trained teams of experts in the field of early child development and parenting support. The first workshop "Parents of the 21st Century" and the tenth workshop "End and New Beginning" are conducted together with parents and children in family centers, while the remaining eight workshops are conducted remotely, via video calls for which the participating parents are lent tablets.

Module

Workshop

Me, more than a parent

I am more than I think I am

(De)stress the stress! 

My child

Inside and out

I can, I will, I love, I need...

My child and I

Building our bond

Communication, communication, communication

Me and other adults

From conflict to cooperation

I can do it alone, but I don't have to

About 5-6 parents participate in each workshop group. Different modes of work are used, depending on the goal and content of each activity. Short lectures with PPT presentations, films and work on various tasks alternate with discussion on a particular topic and exchanges of experience in a smaller or larger group.

The program is developed in cooperation with the group leaders, professionals associated with the Center Growing up Together, and parents who actively participate in creating the content of the workshops. At the end of each workshop, parents choose from the content offered what they want to talk more about and learn at the next workshop.

The program of workshops "Growing up Together ONLINE" is implemented from October to December 2020 in cooperation with family centers in Pula, Split, Vukovar and Varaždin. This program was created by the Center Growing up Together in partnership with Generali osiguranje Hrvatska and The Human Safety Net within a project call ‘COVID -19 Response”.

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