What is the portrait of a modern family?

Parents under financial and time pressure – working long hours, sometimes multiple jobs, to pay the bills. Children living their lives on social media – constantly worried about keeping up with their peers, seeking validation from online sources, facing online threats including cyberbullying, grooming, cat fishing, to name a few. Direct communication is at a minimum as the modern family is just too busy to check in with each other. A 2018 study by Childwise in the UK found that 54% of 3- year old children own their own smart device. While this project does not wish to reverse time or to infringe on the advances of technology, it does call into question the behavioural, attitudinal and communicative impacts that these devices are having on young children if they are not monitored.

How a parent communicates with their child not only impacts the parent-child bond, but also effects the self-esteem of the child, the child’s ability to understand and interpret emotions, their empathy, their willingness to share with others, their ability to listen and understand, their capacity to process negative emotions such as anger, frustration and grief, appropriately, to name but a few. This is why the Inside-Out project will address the communication skills and styles of parents so that they can forge strong parent-child bonds through effective communication. Many of the issues pertaining to poor parent-child communication stem from a lack of coping skills of parents. When parents cannot cope with the modern-day stresses of life, their communication with their children is impacted.

Through the proposed Hybrid Curriculum the Inside-Out project aims to build the stress management, self-care and resilience of parents so that they can develop the skills and competences required to fully invest in quality parent-child communication, for the betterment of their child’s development. We further aim to support parents to assess and refine their communication style so that they can practice positive parenting, positive discipline and can respond to their children, rather than react to their behaviour.

To address these objectives, the Inside-Out project will develop a wide range of educational resources to support parents, families and front-line educators who support them to address the issues of self-care among parents and which also provide parents with the guidance they need to adapt their parenting styles and behaviours to nurture positive relationships with their children.

Envisaged resources include the following:
IO1 – Inside-Out Hybrid Curriculum for Parents
IO2 - In-service training for Adult Educators
IO3 – Inside-Out MOOC

Webpage: http://insideoutproject.eu/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/insideoutproject.eu

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website and all its contents reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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