Rose has a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old and, through the group, has learned better, more positive ways of disciplining her children.
"The group's model is to promote positive parenting," she says, "and that's something that has really helped me along the way."
It's also friendship in the trenches, say parents in the Sharon Dawes school group.
"I'd say the biggest thing I've gotten out of the Circle of Parents would be the friendships," says Jamie George, seated beside Sarah Mullens, who picks up the theme, referring to her seatmate.
"I get pressured and feel overwhelmed, and I can call her anytime and she just comes and talks to me and I feel a whole lot better afterward," Mullens says. "We've been through a lot, and it's very helpful. I'm the mother of three boys -- an 8-year-old and a set of twins, age 4. Your opinions count here, and everybody listens and it's confidential. It doesn't go throughout the school or neighborhood."
For Melissa Dotson, a mother of four, the group offers an essential something.
"Adult conversation," she says. "I don't ever have adult conversation. That's basically the best thing for me."
The talk turns to stress-management choices and the possibility of taking some group yoga classes in Charleston.
"Well, you know I usually do things with you, but I'm not doing that," says a grinning Rick Hodges. "I just don't want to pay to make myself be sore."
"I do arts and crafts; that's what relaxes me" says Angie Slater. "I have an arts and crafts room. I go sit in my room -- 'Don't talk to Mommy. Don't bother Mommy. Leave Mommy alone' -- I make something."
Rose says, "This is my little home away from home with friends in the community. The Circle of Parents lets me feel like I'm not alone in parenting with my parenting issues."
For more information, click on the Circle of Parents link at www.preventchildabusewv.org.
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