Participants sharing during the programme at the Church of St Bernadette.

The Family Life team of the Church of St Bernadette collaborated with World Wide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Singapore to bring one of the latter’s enrichment programmes to the parish.

This series of four talks titled More Evenings for Parents – Positive Parenting covered topics such as parents’ expectations, parents’ image, criticism and discipline.

They were held on July 14, 21, 28 and Aug 4.

Although the topics were geared towards parents of teenagers, those with young children were also welcome to lay the foundation for a good parent-teen relationship.

The talks, attended by about 40 parents, were conducted in a relaxed manner, with inter-
actions between presenting couples from ME and the participants, as well as among participants in smaller
groups.

Participants sharing during the programme at the Church of Divine Mercy.

Participants learnt from the open sharings of the presenting couples, based on their experiences of raising children, and how they overcame challenges, persevering to love their children unconditionally. They also received encouragement and affirmation in their vocation of parenthood.

One participant, Michelle, 35, said that through this session, she and her husband “realised that we are not alone.”

They have been married for 10 years and have two children aged 8 and 10.

“We learnt how other parents with teenagers keep updated with their teen’s life by inviting their friends over so there is some sort of a community,” she added.

A similar four-part series was held at the Church of Divine Mercy – Evenings for Parents, aimed at parents with younger kids up to teens. This was held on July 8, 15 and Aug 5, 12.

For more information on Marriage Encounter weekends, visit http://wwmesg.org

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