ParentingWell Core Element: Explore
The heart of the ParentingWell® practice approach lies in the open flow of information and knowledge between practitioner and parent (or parent-to-be) to raise awareness about and to develop a shared understanding of the parent’s situation and concerns, strengths and vulnerabilities, and priorities and motivation.
Exploration involves asking how things are going currently regarding parenting, family life and experiences with children, and asking about past experiences to the extent they contribute to the person’s current functioning as a parent. As you and the parent get to know each other better, you will have opportunity to explore family experiences further, particularly as they relate to the parent’s engagement in the relationship, participation in treatment and progress in recovery.
Respectful curiosity contributes to relationship building; to the identification of strengths and vulnerabilities, supports and resources; and to addressing a parent’s needs effectively.