FatherTopics™ Booster Session: Mom as Gateway (Download)

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FatherTopics Workshop Mom as Gateway

Product Type

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This session for moms helps you break down barriers between mothers and fathers by addressing what is known as Maternal Gatekeeping - when a mother's beliefs about a father, as well as her behaviors, hinder a father's involvement - and facilitate helpful discussions and efforts towards co-parenting. 

Program Length:

3, 1-hour sessions.

Program Delivery:

Intended for use as stand-alone sessions or as booster sessions to your fatherhood programming. 

Topics Covered:

  • The Role of The Gatekeeper
  • Power& Control Between Men & Women in Relationships
  • Minimize Excessive Gatekeeping

Kit Contents:

  • (3) Session Guides with step-by-step instructions
  • Handouts for each sessions that you can photocopy

Training Options:

Not offered.


3 Reviews

Sheri Drost 26th Jun 2019

Helps clients explore what the term “gatekeeping” means and is a catalyst for change and inspiration

At RENEW LIfe Center in Paterson, NJ, we love how Mom as Gateway enables our
clients to explore what the term “gatekeeping” means and investigate how they use it in
their lives through exercises that involve critical thinking and role playing. It’s eye
opening to the mothers when they realize that their daily interactions with or attitudes
toward the father, which often seem trivial, play a key role in fostering a positive
father-child relationship. Awareness of how power struggles can negatively impact a
child's wellbeing motivates our clients to learn strategies and tools of how to solve
conflict through listening and communicating with an open mind that leads to mutual
understanding. It’s amazing how during the workshop the mothers create a community
where they feel free to share their experiences without being judged and find countless
ways to encourage each other and celebrate successes. Mom as Gateway is often a
catalyst for change that inspires our clients to take part in additional educational
workshops promoting healthy relationships, financial stability, and leadership training.

Kristi Sjullie, Navigator with ASAC-Heart of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, IA 14th May 2019

Great Curriculum! Fun & Interactive

I’ve used this curriculum with many moms who have different situations with the fathers of their children with a lot of success. Pretty much everyone gains something from it. The first 4 lessons allow her to focus on her own life and views, and the second half is all about communication. Mothers who think they have a good relationship with their children’s father may feel like it doesn’t apply to them. I tend to use them as a resource during the groups, and that makes them feel validated. The mothers who have poor relationships really get the most out of this curriculum, and the mothers who cannot have a relationship with the father of their children are encouraged to take a futuristic view of the material. Much of the success relies on tailoring the content to each woman’s situation. The majority of women I have worked with really enjoyed it.

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