In response to my post about the Children's First holiday program we did at Centacare recently, here are some photos from graduation day.
For those who came in late, I eschewed thoughts of theme park visits and playdates for a week-long psychologist-led program for the children of separated parents.
The idea was for kids to talk with other kids who are going through similar situations and experiencing similar feelings. And psychogists/carers would be in board in case anyone got too upset, or needed help putting names to their feelings or learning how to express them in a safe and/or helpful way.
As usual I suffered a truck load of Mother Guilt as I tried to reconcile holiday fun with the idea of therapy or 'work', but I needn't have worried.
The program was play-based and the kids bonded really well and couldn't wait to return each day. And actually complained when the week was over!