“I heard about the Parent Champions course through work. After a few weeks I sat down and gave it some thought as maybe it could help me with one of my children. I decided to start on the course on a professional level, not really wanting to let on that I had a troublesome child!
After the first session ended I came away laughing to myself thinking no that’s so not for me I felt it was too way out and would not suit my needs. I decided there and then that I would not go back.
I then asked a few of the other ladies in the group what they thought and was surprised that they all thought it was wonderful, which led me to believe that I should give it another go. The second week then clicked for me and Alan was right I had stepped out of my comfort zone into something new. Everyone around me had the same troubles. This time I smiled as I left and knew that I would carry the course on to the end.
The change in the house has been amazing, things seem to be calmer, I have reached out to my child on several occasions and she has responded without arguing or growling at me! I did not realise the difference was obvious until my child’s teacher asked me what had been going on recently at home, when I questioned her on what exactly she meant, she told me that over the last few weeks she has witnessed my child becoming calmer, positive and a pleasure to teach – I replied I am on a Parent Champion course! “Well done you”, was her remark to me!
I have now started a diet as one of my ‘SMART goals’ and have changed my way of eating, I have discovered my energy which has resulted in me going for walks with the children, taking them out, playing and cooking with them.
I feel positive and good about myself again and have started to make an effort with my clothes, hair and face.
My eldest child (13 years old) commented – “Mum I don’t know what you are doing on that course but it suits you, you are calmer, loving – a totally different person!” These changes are for the better I replied nervously. After being away for a whole weekend she hugged me and said I love the new you even more!! I hugged her hard and kissed the top of her head smiling to myself and feeling on top of the world!”