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Harrogate teachers launch parent support group

Two Harrogate teachers and mums have launched a parental support group to help "empower" parents and create calm and confident lives. 'Mosaic Partnerships' was started by Alison Stubbs and Andrea Edmondson, offering community and workplace events and workshops. Their aim is to break down stigmas surrounding parenting, as well as building a "safe and open community" where parents can access support and training without judgement. Co-founder Alison, who is also a teacher at New Park Academy in Harrogate, said:

"Andrea and I met in June, both teachers and with seven children between us, and we recognised that parents and schools can find it difficult to meet the needs of some children."
https://www.facebook.com/MosaicPartnership/posts/109420728202865 Alongside Andrea, Alison launched Mosaic Partnerships with monthly workshops for parents - resuming at Harrogate's Pickled Sprout in January. And Andrea, a stress and wellbeing coach as well as a co-founder of Mosaic Partnerships, said the groups fill in the "missing link" between schools and home life. She said:
"It’s about empowering parents to understand what’s going on for their kids because I think there can be a mismatch - parents grew up in a time that’s quite different to what it’s like now.

"I’m helping parents understand themselves and understand their kids by giving them tools to have calmer, more confident lives.

"Schools have great resources but there’s a missing link - a lot of parents don’t know what to do and they’re embarrassed.

"Parenting should be the most natural thing in the world, and it is on one level, but I think it's then hijacked by the media, what parents and friends say, and you end up not knowing what’s right and what’s wrong."

Find out more about Mosaic Partnership online via their website or on social media.

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