Explorations hosts three Parent Weekends throughout the school year. The first weekend is scheduled in the fall after students have transitioned into HomeBase and have established their rhythm both at home and in school. Familiar patterns have had time to emerge and challenges have arisen. The first parent weekend provides an intentional opportunity to honestly look at gains made and to chart ongoing growth for each member of the family. Parents are immersed in a weekend filled with parenting education, experiential exercises and supervised therapeutic interface with their child. Parents leave this weekend with a current ‘snapshot’ of their family, gains made thus far and a trajectory for coming months.
Our Fall Parent Weekend helps families build a foundation as they begin to use new skills to form a more honest and communicative relationship with their child. Siblings and extended family members often attend the Fall Parent Weekend.
In addition, every spring Explorations offers two very special weekends – one especially for Moms and one for Dads. The Mom’s Weekend and Dad’s Weekend are designed to foster growth, change and connection for parents or mentors who serve a primary role in the student’s life. Moms and Dads work closely with Explorations staff to spend the weekend learning new ways to communicate and connect, begin planning for transition, learning from one another and enjoying time with their children.
Parents participate in educational seminars and engage in vibrant, meaningful and FUN experiential activities with their children and other families. Parents grow, learn and reconnect through the activities and relationships formed during the weekend. Parents find these weekends to be illuminating, restorative and an invaluable part of the Explorations process.