Hand in Hand Parenting Comes to the Middle East for the First Time Ever

One of the strongest universal truths is that parenting is tough, and with life’s ever-increasing pace it is only getting tougher. For over 20 years, Hand in Hand Parenting (handinhandparenting.org) has recognized this and dedicated itself to giving parents the practical tools and support they need to deliver love and guidance to their children to create warm relationships that will last a lifetime. Tanshi2a (tanshi2a.com), a community based Emirati social enterprise, is proud to now partner with Hand in Hand to bring its Parenting by Connection seminar and workshop to the UAE in January 2018.

Emotional Acceptance: Not Feeling OK is Perfectly OK

For as long as I can remember, we have been indirectly taught by our social construction NOT to feel negative emotions. From a very young age, we get emotionally invalidated in so many ways until that becomes our norm. We get told not to cry or not to get angry, which teaches us to avoid unpleasant feelings at any cost. With continuous practice, following what we have been taught to be the right thing, we get programmed to send our negative emotions to the subconscious mind where they get manifested into other forms.

Phantom Acceptance of Mental Labels

With a large number of ‘mental illnesses’ enlisted in the DSM, differentiation between bad habits that have turned into destructive behaviours and actual diseases has been lost. Plus, the DSM does not tackle the chicken-egg dynamic, portraying certain ‘illnesses’ to have been caused solely by genetics and biochemical imbalances, which may not necessarily be the case. David Bailey, a hypnotherapist and life coach at SOAS believes that “…science mixed with the pseudo-science of psychology has also had some detrimental effects in perpetrating popular misconceptions. The idea that something like depression, anxiety or a phobia is an actual “thing” like a stomach ulcer. Rather than a conceptual framework for describing a manifestation of thought is, in [his] opinion, problematic.”