This session saw the use of Open Space for everyone to talk about whatever it was that was on their mind...
I write this from my bed where my daughter has fallen asleep after fighting both me and the obvious desire to pass out for the last hour (even though she has a nasty cold and I have unashamedly dosed her up with Calpol to ensure a solid nap) and its becoming increasingly apparent that these periods of unconsciousness are becoming harder to achieve. So essentially, I have a very brief window of time to get all my stuff done (quietly, SO quietly) before leg tugging and whining awaits, already I digress…
In our last session, we hosted an open space. For those unfamiliar with the process - it is a time to raise any issues or concerns that you particularly want to discuss or join in with anyone else on a subject that they wish to talk about. Open Space is a technique often used in conferences and workshops and is a great way for groups to think, talk and take action together. The process allows free-flowing conversations about the things that really matter to the people in the room.
We had quite a plethora of subjects arise; How can I encourage independent play? What techniques can I implement to vary diet? Why is it so hard sometimes? Why can’t I have it all?
After initially gathering everyones thoughts onto post-it notes, we assembled them in groups if they had a similar thread running through them and groups formed around these topics. Some of the discussions below were had;
2. How do I get them to play on their own?
3. Why is it so hard sometimes?
4. Why can’t we have it all?
After cake and tea, we all felt a lot better. It’s good to chat and even better to eat cake and chat. Evidently, we aren’t alone and we can all help in our daily struggle to retrieve children from wells and mothers from eating entire packs of biscuits (although I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with that).