THE NEED FOR EDUCATION IN HUMAN VALUES FOR PARENTS
We have interacted and spoken with many parents over these past 20 years. We know their concerns.
Who are the first teachers of children? Who has the primary responsibility to mold the character of children? Children spend 85% of their time in the home and community, who has the biggest responsibility for their development? The answer to these questions is Parents. Parents are a major influence in the development of a child’s character.
Comments we've received from workshop participants show the concern that parents have:
Robert and Rita Bruce conducting a Sathya Sai Parenting Seminar
Sathya Sai Parenting is an 8-hour seminar, with a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 100 people. The night before we give the seminar, we have the organizers select 2 - 4 individuals as our working committee. We meet with this committee, and instruct them on the format of the seminar and how they can assist us. Their help is extremely valuable. The material that is generated from these workshops is considerable and it provides the basis for ongoing study, discussion and problem solving for several years if desired.
We start from a very general perspective and keep refining their individual concerns. They start by defining issues that concern them as parents in general. They then break into small groups and as a group they must decide on 3 to 5 key issues. As they report these issues we tally the consensus of the group concerns. Then we categorize the issues and sub-issues during their tea\coffee break. There can be 8 to 10 different categories.
These categories are charted on large paper and hung on the walls around the room. After spending time alone, they then select the key issue category that they wish to discuss that day. New groups are formed from the specific category they have chosen.
They are now given an example of a “How Can I?” question. The purpose of this is to keep the issue question simple and practical. Here is where they formulate in their small group a question on a given issue. Then, each group must decide on one “How Can I?” question and find solutions for their final presentation.
Example of typical questions: How can we reduce television in the home? How can I discipline with love? How can I control my anger? How can I communicate with my child with love? How can I teach my child that actions have consequences? (This is when they become aware of the enormity of parenting issues to discuss.)
Each group, using large chart paper present their major category, sub-issue, question, using Sathya Sai Baba’s quotes to support their three solutions. They use various techniques to emphasize their problem and solutions such as: role-play, drawings, charts, etc. These small group presentations benefit all participants.
In addition, we give a one and half hour lecture on Sathya Sai Parenting, as well as special activities during the seminar that can help to give new skills and solutions on how to correct back talk, structure house rules using a chart, and personal contracts between child and parents. There is also a 10-page handout on Sai Baba’s quotes on parenting that are used in their presentations.
SEMINAR: SATHYA SAI PARENTING
This is an active participation seminar. The participants discover the importance of molding the character of children that Sathya Sai Baba says is their primary responsibility. This is a highly motivational, inspirational, educational and experiential seminar. The participants work in small groups discussing the issues of valueless parenting, finding solutions using many quotes from Sathya Sai Baba’s or other historic role models as examples of character. We give a 1 1/2 hour lecture and the participants give a final Presentation to the group on the question that they have submitted.
The Sathya Sai Parenting Seminar is happening on three levels. First is the level of your relationship with your parents, second is the level of your relationship with your children, and last, the subtlest, is our relationship with our Divine Parent. Everything that is discussed in this seminar can be related to our personal relationship with God. We are His children. Therefore, this seminar is for ages 18 to 80 plus. It is designed to have a mixture of ages that bring different experiences to expand the discussion. All ages can contribute and add value to discovering solutions for helping our children to develop character.
Comments from seminar participants include:
"I use Sathya Sai Parenting like my bible. I refer to it for everything."
"The workshop is excellent. Change nothing."
"I now understand the value of parenting with Human Values."
"Discipline was not a part of our parenting skills, nor did we see the value till after this workshop."
This is a one-day course.
SEMINAR: FACILITATOR TRAINING FOR SATHYA SAI PARENTING
A facilitator-training program is available for those who are interested in facilitating this workshop in their country. A requirement for the training of facilitators is to participate in a Sathya Sai Parenting Seminar.
This is a one and a half day course.
Sathya Sai Parenting seminar participants
All of Rita and Robert's seminars can be customized for public meetings, public schools, government organizations, society groups, etc. There is no cost for Rita and Robert to conduct their seminars, except for direct expenses. For information on how to hold a seminar in your area, please contact us.