Interns, trainees and social workers who I supervise toward licensure sometimes feel insecure when working with parents and family dynamics. “How can I support someone with parenting when I don’t have kids myself?”

In Tokyo, Japan I led parenting classes for parents from all over the world 🌍. We used the “STEP” curriculum as a launch 🚀 pad.

The parents brought the experience of raising children; I brought perspective from developmental psychology, and listening to children.

Once a week for eight (8) weeks, the parents connected with each other, and we shared a sense of community. We normalized disagreement as an opportunity to learn, and acknowledgement of our different cultures and countries interacting with each other.

Life goes in circles, now I’m a father, supporting men to be the father who they would like to be.

We all need someone on our side.

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