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Parental Super Saturday

September 23, 2023 @ 9:00 am 5:00 pm

Parental Super Saturday

Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 9 AM – 5 PM

ARC(AWiB Resource Center)

Members Only!

Parental Super Saturday


Parental Super Saturday is a weekend activity dedicated to learn and discuss parenting issues we all face. This time around we will raise three current and relevant topics on this super session. Those are: What do we do when mobile gets in between family, Healthy Relationships between Spouses and Knowing the Communication Styles of your children. 

What do we do when mobile gets in between family

The use of mobile phones is rapidly expanding. Especially in urban areas like Addis Ababa, many people from children to the elderly have mobile phones with internet access on the palm of their hands. How is this changing our lifestyles? 

Mobile phones are useful and make many tasks simple for our daily lives. As the excess of all good things turns into having more negative outcome, we have become prey to the addictionof keeping our eyes on our screens for a majority of our time. We have become more reliant on our phones than the emotional connection we have with our families, friends and colleagues. Many people are addicted to their phones to the point that if the battery dies or they lost it, they would look as if their whole life has collapsed. 

Some of us have trouble putting away our phones even when it causes problems. It maybe because we feel a lack of control over how often, how long and for what purpose we are using it. We may also feel the need to constantly check it without a real reason or feel upset if we don’t have access to it. Constant use of phones especially during family time increases distress and emotional disconnection within the family. While using their cell phones, parents talk to their kids less, respond more slowly, and overreact to being interrupted. This also creates lower relationship satisfaction among couples.


Upon completion of this seminar, you will:

• Understand how mobile phones affect our relationships with our families

• Identify the symptoms of mobile phone addictions 

• Learn ways to monitor our & our family member’s screen time

• Get tips on how build healthy family habits to break free from our screens and have healthy quality times

Healthy Relationship between spouses

Any healthy relationship involves trust, respect, honesty and open communication. When the relationship is between spouses it takes more effort and intentional work from both sides to maintain a healthy balance of power, individuality and unity.

The ability to actively listen to each other & speak clearly without assuming that our significant other knows what we are thinking is the foundation of a healthy relationship. Being able to communicate any topic comfortably helps to build trust and gain enough confidence in the relationship. Conflict is a normal part of any relationship. When conflicts arise, understanding what the issues are then resolving them in the appropriate way and time are also essential to maintaining a healthy relationship. 

The relationship between spouses is the foundation for how the whole family interacts. It is where children learn from about communication, trust, conflict resolution, negotiation and more. It is best to consciously work on this relationship because a healthy relationship between spouses is the base for building resilient families. 


Upon completion of this seminar, you will:

• Understand what healthy relationship is and its importance 

• Learn how the relationship with your spouse affect other family members like your children

• Reflect on the health of your relationship with your spouse and the part you play in it

• Identify and explore ways to improve your relationship 

Knowing the communication styles of your children

Understanding the communication styles of your children is important to build a foundation for a relationship they can trust and rely on. Children have different styles of communicating. It can be seen through how easy or hard it is to interact with others.

Children’s communication styles depend on their personality and how comfortable they feel in a situation. It can also be influenced by their vocabulary, physical health, side effects of medications, and their overall development. The different communication styles of children usually depend on their ability to do two things; start interactions with others, respond when others’ interactions with them. 

As children grow into becoming teenagers, it is important to be proactive and observe their behavioral changes and patterns. Thecore elements required to maintain effective communication with our children at any stages in their development are trust, respect, understanding, empathy and resolution.


Upon completion of this seminar, you will:

• Learn the different communication styles of children 

• Identify the communications styles of your children 

• Get tips on how to communicate with children who have different communication styles in different situations and stages of their development 

These seminars will be facilitated by Multiple Approaches in Learning Diversity (MALD), Educational Support PLC