Parent Cafes in Missouri

What are Parent Cafes?

Parent Cafés are a series of three group conversations for parents where you can:

  • Meet new people
  • Make new friends
  • Get new ideas
  • Share your hopes and dreams for your family
  • Engage in positive conversation
  • Learn about community resources

Are parent cafes for me?

Are you a parent, grandparent, or other person who is actively involved in raising a child? If so, the answer is “yes”!

Where do they take place?

At child care centers, schools, churches, community organizations, businesses--places where parents feel welcome.

Are parent cafes free?

Yes! Parent Cafés are free for participants.

Is there childcare and/or food available at a parent cafe?

Many of the Parent Café sites do provide child care and food for participants.

How are they different than regular conversations?

At the Parent Café, parents use a tried-and true process and set of questions to draw out the thoughts, feelings, and experiences they need to talk about. Having these conversations helps build 5 Protective Factors that keep your family strong.

Will I feel safe talking about difficult things?

Parent Cafés are all about bringing difficult situations and emotions to the surface, bearing witness to each other, and building the strength we need to be good parents. To make sure that happens, Parent Cafés create a safe environment where participants:

  • Speak from their own experience, using “I” statements
  • Listen attentively and don’t interrupt
  • Don’t put down themselves or others
  • Refrain from giving advice
  • Keep confidentiality

Who leads parent cafes?

Trained Parent Hosts help everyone get the most out of the conversation. Parents also organize, facilitate, and plan Parent Cafés and train other parent leaders.

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