Straight from the heart
By Judy Hermann
The Berkeley Voice, March 5, 1987
From several letters received:
"My husband and I were members of a group of 15 parents who met each
week for six weeks to discuss living with an adolescent. The group was led by
"Peter has been leading Albany Adult Education classes and consulting
with Head Start parents and teachers in understanding children's behavior,
improving child-rearing practices, developing strategies to meet children's
needs and understanding why parents react strongly to certain childhood behavior."
"1n our group, Peter was a warm, receptive and non-judgmental leader
who was interested in each parent and child. Attending Peter's group was
a wonderful experience. Our child's school grades have improved dramatically
and he is a happier child since we participated in Peter's group".
"Peter is so successful because he not only has a deep knowledge of
childhood research and psychology, but he is an incredibly warm, intense, sensitive
and empathetic person. He loves children and has a fantastic sense of humor
with his own children and their friends and is tremendously focused on them
and their needs."
"Peter Haiman is a very gentle, loving and dynamic coach for parents.
He is totally supportive of people's well being and the well being of
their children. His enthusiasm is inspiring and his support and empathy for
parents is inspirational. He makes the job of parenting become a satisfying
one. When I've been in his presence and have heard parents sharing ideas
with each other, we begin to feel we're doing a great job, that our problems
are really very small, and that they are stages of growing. Out of discovering
the different stages of my 3-year-old's growth, I have more compassion
and understanding for myself."
"Having taken two classes with Peter Haiman, I consider him a friend
as well as an educator. He has always been there, from researching day care
facilities for sick kids to helping my husband and me through rough marital
waters. Parenting brings many stresses with it and I've learned that availing
ourselves of all resources is one way to make the job a little easier."
"The refreshing side is that, as a parent of young ones himself, Peter
knows that, in real life, parents and kids have good days and bad days. He doesn't
attempt to be super human (although to an outsider, his patience seems unending!),
but only helps to put perspective on situations and offer tips on keeping one's
sanity - and humor. His love of parenting is contagious. I only wish more
people would see parenting as the vital job that it is - even after a
stressful work day and seventh request for yet another nighttime visit."
Thank you, Peter Haiman, for helping so many people realize their potential
for being satisfied parents and children of those parents!
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