Upcoming Events

Aug
25
Fri
10:00 am Council Meeting 2017 @ St Andrew's Cathedral Chapter House
Council Meeting 2017 @ St Andrew's Cathedral Chapter House
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 9:30am in the Chapter House. MU Sydney Executive members will report on activities of MU Sydney during the year. We will meet and hear from one of[...]
Nov
24
Fri
10:30 am Advent Service @ St Philip's
Advent Service @ St Philip's
Nov 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
You are invited to join us at this service. It will be a modified version of the 1662 Communion Service led by Reverend Janis Donohoo. St Philip’s Church Hill is at 3 York Street Sydney.[...]
Dec
1
Fri
7:00 am Market Day Stall @ Town Hall Arcade
Market Day Stall @ Town Hall Arcade
Dec 1 @ 7:00 am – 2:30 pm
MU Sydney will be holding a Market Day Stall on 10th June in Town Hall Arcade. Donations of hand made items to sell on the stall would be very much appreciated. Funds raised will help[...]

Ann’s Blog

Equality today

MU Sydney Social Issues Newsletter May 2017

What should we think about… Identity

It's tough being a teenager ... What should we think about IDENTITY

Parenting Network Groups

Parenting Network Groups

Friendship

What should we think about ...  Friendship

 

Sex

What should we think about ... Sex

Terrorism

What we should think about - Terrorists

Parenting Resources

MU Sydney Social Issues Newsletter March 2016

Social Issues Newsletter Nov 2015

MU Sydney Social Issues Newsletter November 2015 - How to stand up for the best way

What should we think about … Oct 2015

Refugees ... are they rocking the boat...?

The value of MU Families Equip

Just the other day I was invited to a friend’s home to hear a very experienced mother share her parenting wisdom. There was a group of women with children ranging from toddlers to teenagers all ready to hear any advice on successful parenting.

On many levels it was a great evening and encouraging to be in a room full of women who wanted to parent better. It was clear that they were there to get ideas and to support and encourage one another as parents.

What was said reflected many well established and well researched notions such as the importance of teaching resilience and self control, the place of discipline and family traditions and the importance of communication. The presenter has a lot of parenting experience and as well an educational background that enhanced what she had to say.

It made me reflect on the MU Families Equip course that covers all these aspects over the five sessions.

The difference between the forum I attended and the Families Equip course however, was what struck me the most. The forum was the recount of one woman and her journey with her many children. While she had good things to say it was very much ‘this is what I did’. The women in the room seemingly wanted to copy her every parenting decision, even down to wanting to know the phrases she used with her children. I do not believe the presenter would have wanted each person present to think they needed to copy her every action but this is what seemed to be happening with some of the women there, judging from their reactions and listening to what they were saying.

Families Equip presents the information about, say, resilience and then encourages each family to work this through and apply it to their situation. It works to equip parents with knowledge and the platform to reflect on their own situation and apply that knowledge. It struck me that this results in a liberating approach to parenting where you are empowered to make changes rather than ‘I have to do this this way in order to get the results’.

As God has designed each family to be unique with a plan for each family and indeed each individual in the family, we need to ensure we are not copying one person as the way to do things. We can thank God for the example of others around us and how he has graciously given others to encourage, rebuke and teach us but we should never hold one person or family up as 'this is the way to do things’.