Introverted Mother Gains Support from Parenthood
Kathy joined as a OneSky family, with her 3-year-old son Ron and 1-year-old daughter Ying-ying, since the Centre was established two years ago. Like many other toddlers who were largely affected by the pandemic, Ron missed crucial opportunities to develop his language and interpersonal abilities. Kathy felt completely helpless to find a solution for these developmental challenges facing her son, and cope with the anxiety caused by financial difficulties and the family’s health.
Kathy recalled the moment when she visited OneSky. “During the facilitated play sessions, Suki, one of the Family Mentors, noticed us and took the initiative to speak with me. It was only when I shared my circumstances with her, I realized I had been using all my efforts to endure and survive all these problems that I had never had a moment to look after myself. I was so grateful for her love and care because I have not felt valued or understood for a very long time.” Suki’s appropriate care and attention made Kathy feel immediately at home. She listened to Kathy like a friend, and recommended her to join the OneSky parenting skills training that would enhance her parenting practices and behaviours. She eagerly put her learning into practice which benefitted Ron’s development significantly. However, Kathy felt extremely frustrated when her friends and family did not appreciate her efforts and new parenting methods. She eagerly put her learning into practice which benefitted Ron’s development significantly. However, Kathy felt extremely frustrated when her friends and family did not appreciate her efforts and new parenting methods.
Kathy found her courage and stepped out of her comfort zone. As a shy and quiet Mom, she made a huge effort to socialize with other families with some encouragement of our Family Mentors, and made good friends at OneSky! Within two years, she witnessed the development of her children, and even herself as she formed a new social circle. “It wasn’t easy, yet I know how valuable it has been, especially seeing the transformation on all three of us,” says the happy Mom.
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