Being the parent of a child at risk is one of the most painful challenges one can face and one of the most isolating as well. The phones aren’t ringing with offers of volunteers to do homework with the children, to deliver meals and pay for necessary treatment. Many parents are ashamed or afraid to reach out and ask for support, to build connections with others in the same situation. There is so much conflicting advice, as well as endless guilt, pain, and confusion. Where does one turn?
Topics: Parents Struggling With Children | Kesher Nafshi Shabbasim.
On Shabbos Parshas Shelach, over 550 parents of children “on their derech,” gathered at the Raleigh Hotel for four incredible days of inspiration, encouragement, and connection.
800 parents of children who are struggling within the system and who hail from every community—Chassidish, Litvish, Yeshivish, Sefardic— recently attended the Kesher Nafshi convention in Stamford, Connecticut, with experts on parenting, Chinuch, and mental health.
Experienced Chassidic TP mom, Mrs. Faiga Leah Landau, appears as a guest on "Jew in the City".
"There was a part of me that wanted to turn and run. By entering this room, I would be making an admission: I am the parent of a KIP (the vernacular for Kid in Pain.) But I belong here," writes B. Stein.
An unprecedented Shabbaton for 600 parents of children who went "off the derech" was organized by the Kesher Nafshi organization. Watch one of the moving speeches.
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