About How Do We Want to Raise our Children

“Closer to our children and to ourselves” – this could be the defining characteristic of the campaign of the Mother Centres entitled ‘How do we want to raise our children?’ According to our findings, parents often feel insecure when it comes to raising their children. It is undeniable that the first three years of a child’s life are the most significant in forming his/her personality. On the other hand, this period is the least-often addressed in systems of childrearing. Parents and supporters of mother centres decided to launch a new age of parenting that would be child-friendly. They want to skip the time-consuming process of school reforms and take the risk of starting immediately. They want to create a grassroots “school” built on their ideas. At this school, parents will be given critical current information and support in their roles as parents. The school will protect “humane” values, offer opportunities, and provide a common place for a parent and a child where everybody feels comfortable. Mother Centres’


Goals in the Academies of Practical Parenting (APP):

1. To raise and to draw attention to the tested educational experiences of parents and to find something in common with the academic world

2. To empower the new parenting skills and the quality of parental education

3. To formally accept the Mother Centres in the educational system as Academies of Practical Parenting

What is The Academy of Practical Parenting (APP)? This name is the result of topical discussions of parents at Mother Centres. It highlights and elevates the importance of parental education to the academic level; however, this level is practical, and is reached in the Mother Centres. Life in the MCs is a great school for parents and children. What arises here is a precious phenomenon of “community upbringing,” which respects individual values but at the same time teaches teamplaying and awareness of public matters. With the APP, the MCs will keep their natural character. Having fulfilled certain criteria, they will work with the accredited methodology which will improve the quality of the whole process of community education. The Academies of Practical Parenting are just another step in the development of Mother Centres. In the MCs there are spontaneous discussions going on about bringing up children. The mission of APP is that the discussions continue, but maybe more efficiently and with greater positive impact on the wider area of parenting.

Why are especially the MCs the suitable place?

• MCs are the only institutions which shelter both the mother (or father) and the child at his/her youngest age, very often already at the prenatal stage

• The MC’s nature already focuses childhood education on values (e.g., solidarity, group play, mutual help, acceptance of differences, etc.)

• Under the influence of the other parents who are present, the parents themselves spontaneously modify their educational approach, or they can be inspired by the others

• A parent’s behaviour different from home – children see how their mothers communicate, study, help, organize, get involved in public matters, etc.

• In the MCs, the discussions about childrearing happen spontaneously. At the same time, parents have the chance to confront their educational methods right in the midst of parenting, to analyze, to evaluate and to recommend as either effective or inappropriate.

• The fact that the MC is an optimal place for a parent’s education and the child’s socialization at the youngest age is also confirmed by the research data of the Impact Study of the Influence of the MCs on the mother and the child (see summary in the attachment below)

ACTIVITIES Carried Out Already:

In the first phase of the campaign in 2006, there were 30 thousand parents in 22 countries spontaneously involved in the discussions. Above all, they pointed out the visions and goals of parenting. The parents’ expectations, their happy feelings and their anxieties have the same reason regardless they are from. Harvesting of the first phase was done on the Bratislava conference, in Nov. 2006. Read more: http://www.mine.cc/files/PlatformforActionSlovakConference.pdf