Getting Through The Day 2 was developed as a follow
up to other parenting courses but it can be run as a
course in itself.
The course looks at how we can feel better about
ourselves and overcome feelings and ideas that hold
us back in life. It is about positive mental health
- feeling good about ourselves and learning to deal
better with the ups and downs of life.
This course was developed with parents for parents
(mothers and fathers), so a lot of parents
have contributed ideas. We hope people trying the
programme will end up with a sort of "toolkit" in
their heads that they can use when they feel down,
depressed, stressed or angry. We hope that the
topics we cover will 'refresh' our minds so we can
be allowed to feel good in ourselves, enjoy our life
and our children and feel able to go for what we
want to do in life.
We all wish we could be more confident, or feel less
depressed or angry. This course aims to make that
wish a reality but we will need to help each other
and work for it! This means we will need to try out
the ideas at home during the week. There are no
The course aims to:
Provide a place where parents can support each
other so they are better at meeting their own
Learn ways of dealing more effectively with
negative feelings, like anger or depression, and
to find ways forward
Build participant's confidence
Provide ways where parents can make sense of
things that are happening now or have happened
in the past
Help parents be more assertive and stick up for
looks like this:
Week 1 - Introductions
Week 2 - What is mental
health and wellbeing?
Week 3 - Well being -
Week 4 - Meditation and
Week 5 - Feeling overloaded
Week 6 - Building our
Week 7 - Mindfulness
Week 8 - Then and now
Week 9 - Anger
Week 10 - Negotiating and conflicts
Week 11 - Negotiation and conflicts
Week 12 - Assertion
Week 13 - Building our self-confidence
Week 14 - What have we learned?
Who is the course
The course is for any parent, including those who
have completed a parenting course. We have run
several courses for mothers and also regular courses
Where do the
Courses are run all over West Lothian, mainly in
community centres. The courses are free of charge
and we may be able to offer transport if required.
How do I get on a
Contact West Lothian Council's Children & Young
People's Team - Tel. 01506
They will be able to tell you where and when the
next course is being run. Parents seem to learn best
when they meet in groups and, in this case, we think
that the (few) handouts are best seen when doing the
actual course although if you would like further
information, do get in touch.
What parents have
said about Getting Through The Day 2
"I got more understanding of myself and my family"
"My confidence has grown so much"
"My confidence has grown hugely because I believe in
"I got a lot from the course - a better
understanding of my mood and mood swings"
"I got ideas, friendship, confidence and a better
"I made friends who help me out when I'm feeling
"I am now able to stay calm and I listen more to my