-- CREED --
To extend the hand of friendship, understanding and compassion, not to judge or condemn.
To better our understanding of ourselves and our children through the aid of the other members and professional guidance.
To reconstruct and channel our anger and frustrations in other directions, not on or at our children.
To realize that we are human and do have angers and frustrations; they are normal.
To recognize that we do need help, that we are all in the same boat, that we all have been there many times.
To remember that there is no miracle answer or rapid change, it has taken years for us to get this way.
To have patience with ourselves, again and again and again, taking each day as it comes.
To start each day with a feeling of promise, for we take only one day at a time.
To remember again that we are human, we will backslide, at times.
To remember that there is always someone willing to listen and help.
To become the LOVING, CONSTRUCTIVE, and GIVING PARENTS or PERSON that we wish to be.
-- OATH --
I choose to be responsible.
I am responsible for who I have been, for who I am, for who I will be.
I cannot change the past. I can take responsibility for my part in what has happened, for what I have done and what I have failed to do. I can alter the present.
I am responsible for my every action from this moment forward.
I can grow. I can change.
I can become remarkably new and different because I choose to take responsibility for my life.
-- COMMITMENT --
I choose to be in Parents United as part of a commitment to make my life healthy, rich and full.
A benefit of this commitment is the growth I experience.
I grow from taking RISK and taking ACTION.
Action includes being fully present in my personal therapy.
Action is being fully present in the social and group part of my therapy.
I am being offered a POSITIVE EDUCATION here.
My commitment show up when I USE my new knowledge for the good of myself and my family.
I HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL TO MY CHILDREN.
My commitment includes looking at the changes I need to make to feel good.
I recognize that I may not change completely overnight, but I expect to do well because I am WILLING to do well.
I am willing to LOOK at issues I may not want to look at; as part of my commitment.
I am willing to DO things I may not want to do; as a part of fullfilling my commitment.
By DOING the things I am comitted to, I know that my integrity is showing in my actions.