Coincidentally, some of the parents are participants in a Bright Space project encouraging families to attend cultural events in and around Birmingham.
One of the mums was so impressed by her two cultural encounters so far that she spoke eloquently for 15 minutes about her experience to the rest of the group – a real advocate!
Jon was moved to investigate a couple of websites that she had recommended. So, if you’re looking for something to do at half term in the city then take a look at the Barber Institute and the Ikon gallery.
The group is made up of individuals from a range of cultures and different backgrounds, lots of stories and anecdotes are shared. Apparently, in India the child is sometimes compared to ‘the clay’, and the parents are ‘the potters’. Parenting is all about carefully ‘shaping’ the clay and allowing the pot to ‘grow’ and develop form, so eventually hands can be withdrawn and the elegant vessel can stand alone…nice metaphor!