The strength of parents’ networks

It would have been unimaginable even a few months ago that parents would be expected to be employees / teachers / parents / carers, all at home and all at the same time. And to do this without the structure, routines and support that they relied on to juggle their working and home lives.

Yet this is the current reality for millions of working parents.

Back in the days ‘pre-Covid’, our WOMBA coaching programmes for working parents often dovetailed with Parents’ Networks – giving talks, sharing content and linking our coaching work. We saw first-hand how valuable Parents’ Networks are in providing support, information and connection as parents juggled their careers and home lives.

In today’s world of working from home they are more important than ever. There’s no roadmap or collective knowledge or wisdom to learn from. We’re all learning to do this together and muddling along as best we can.

That’s why we’re helping organisations to take their Parents’ Networks ‘virtual’ during these unprecedented times.

This can be quick to get off the ground, simple to organise, insightful for employers and helpful for working parents.

Here’s some feedback from a recent event we designed and hosted for the Government Legal Department by the co-chair of the Parents’ Network:

“WOMBA facilitated a ‘Working & Parenting Well’ Zoom session for our Government Legal Department Parents’ Network. Not only was it tailored to our needs through pre-session surveys but there was the chance for those joining the Zoom call to interact in really innovative ways via real-time surveys and through the chat function. Having an experienced moderator and chair from WOMBA allowed us to focus on getting the most out of it. The call provided an invaluable and user-friendly support session for our network at this hugely challenging time for parents. Thank you!”

Follow more on this topic in our video on working and homeschooling.

Get in touch if you’d like to discuss how we can help you support your working parents.