Parenting isn't always easy but one group at the University of South Carolina Aiken wants to make it easier by establishing a new parenting group on campus to help offer guidance and facilitate connection.
Established by the USC Aiken Psychology Clinic, the group is open to faculty, staff, students, and community members who are caregivers of children up to 12 years of age and will focus on supporting caregiver wellness, managing parenting stress, increasing mindful parenting, and implementing effective discipline strategies.
Dr. Bridget Cho is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at USC Aiken. She, along with Applied Clinical Psychology Master's Program students, serve as group facilitators. Cho explained the clinic once offered a similar outreach group prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Basically, we're picking up the service that we used to perform for a long time," she said. "The impetus right now is that we've had a lot of people in the community asking for this."
Mindful parenting is one of the topics that will be discussed during the sessions along with how to set limits, boundaries, and even discussing age-appropriate content with children.
The group will meet Thursday evenings on a semi-weekly basis starting Oct. 5. The cost is $30 for eight sessions. Group size is limited.
The deadline to register is Monday, Sept. 25.