Understanding Aboriginal Parenting Goals
Our six-year research project has identified specific perspectives, learning & parenting styles and processes that evolved from living within a Collective or Individual mindset that are maintained and reinforced unconsciously daily by a person’s parents, carers and family.
As an Aboriginal person and parent of five, who had worked in multiple positions and experiencing my large extended families Aboriginality each day. I was already clear we thought very differently to Colonial Heritage Australians. I just didn’t realise the true culprit to my despair was their Colonial Heritage based systems that I was trying to fit in to. It became obvious in our six year study that there is an urgent need for people as the first step to true empathy, to understand there are different Instinctive Belief Systems in play that are causing people to quit, hate their job, become depressed, not be able parent their children and give up on their dreams and aspirations.
Understanding Aboriginal Parenting Goals (APG) – 4 Hours face to face Perfect for Foster Care staff, Early Childhood workers and Carers
The CultuRecode Project found systemically there is a lack of awareness across most Australian family services, regarding another important and relevant way of parenting.
The DhuriNya Model of Group provides the guidance for staff to identify why people of another culture (Instinctive Belief System) do the same thing differently. It confirms the importance of this information, by showing how Instinctive Mindset difference affects the daily practice of Aboriginal parenting and where this difference stems from.
For meaningful change to be sustained, we equip your staff and carers with practical tools and solutions that can be utilised at all levels of collaboration and care.
Why this is important to us
Our Culture Intuitive Toolkit will create a positive change by improving trust and respect when staff from all cultural groups work collaboratively and Carers take on the parenting of a child not from their culture. These tools will support Uniting staff to overcome the invisible differences that causes negative behaviours, perspectives and judgments and allow Non-Aboriginal Carers to understand how to implement Aboriginal parenting goals in their homes.
We have found it is critical when creating genuine respectful partnerships, that people representing both Belief Systems Cultures learn, understand and accept the following;
Where these differences occur
What they look like today
The Aboriginal Parenting Goals gives Uniting the means, insight and knowledge to overcome collaborative differences at all levels. APG allows people to communicate using critical key words, Instinctive cues, and respectful strategies that are necessary to engage and work together effectively with cultural groups outside of your own. At all times we engage in a way that allows for all Instinctive Belief Systems to feel respected, empowered and acknowledged.
Our training and learning is delivered through inspiring stories using multi mediums, with an opportunity for team members to contribute to how the evidence and ideas presented might shape or re-shape their practices.
1) Collective First Instinct Belief System members such as Aboriginal people, think entire group first and then themselves as part of their relationship and responsibilities to their Inner circle. (Are my group happy, so I can be happy?) (Are my group being looked after, so I can feel confident to have fulfilled my responsibility to my Inner circle?) Handed down for up to 80 thousand years
2) Individual First Instinctive Belief System members such as Colonial Heritage people, think Individual first and then their relationship and responsibilities to their group. (Am I happy, so I can make my Inner circle happy?) (Am I being looked after, so I can feel confident to have fulfilled my responsibility to my Inner circle?) Handed down for over six thousand years.
For thousands of years’ Indigenous people have verbally problem solved in a group around the campfire – no matter how long it took to find a solution. In earlier times, hearing, observing, and memorising were important skills, since all aspects of Ancient Indigenous culture were transferred orally or through example. Storytelling, oratory, and experiential and observational learning are skills that have been perfected over thousands of years in Indigenous cultures. We observed on multiple occasions Aboriginal parents today still maintaining these instinctive behaviours unconsciously in their homes each day.
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