Sensitive, intelligent, useful piece on an important theme…. what is early schooling most usefully about, if it is to serve our children both in their childhoods and their lives as adults?
We don’t work with under 18s at this service. We do, of course, work with many parents – and many adults living with the consequences of wounded parenting, and unhelpful schooling. Too many of us reach adulthood without much in the way of supportive modelling of how to manage our relationships with our own selves, and with others. The consequences of this are manifold:-
‘In the adult world, personal grievance cases are epidemic, with all the unhappiness and misery that those soured relationships spill into the workplace. A personal grievance case is a result of one or two technically qualified human beings not being qualified with skills for working well with others. Unable to reach satisfactory results between themselves, estranged adults do the equivalent of the child who gets the teacher or parent to solve their problems for them. Nothing wrong with that per se, but it would be much better if we supported our children to master the skills to manage their relationships elegantly, so that as adults they could handle the conflict that inevitably arises in situations and relationships.’
Here is Pennie’s lovely Facebook page, with more details of her work:-
Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter
Counselling in Exeter since 1994