The simple visual, a house, is a familar shape with broad appeal. The design, first developed by the program founder, is the creation of Marie Sheridan, a University of Cincinnati graphic design graduate.
The door symbolizes the welcome that Parents Forum offers to all those interested in parent and family issues as well as the freedom that the program gives participants to come -- and go -- as their time allows and their interest determines.
The circle formed by our tagline "come share your strength" represent a crystal ball in which we see our vision realized: communities where family life is celebrated and parents are supported in caring for their children.
The five sections of the fanlight above the door, like the five fingers of our 'handy guide' (explained in our handbook Where the Heart Listens) and the five sides of the house, represent:
- SELF-CARE AND DECISION-MAKING
- RELATIONSHIPS WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS
- ACHIEVEMENT IN SCHOOL & WORK
- LEISURE ACTIVITIES
- COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES or SERVICE
The Parents Forum approach raises participants' awareness of the balance -- and imbalances -- in our lives among these five areas. Individuals' activities fit into at least one category and more often two or three. Sports, for example, may be considered under the SELF category as exercise for personal care, or under FAMILY & FRIENDS as a way of developing relationships, or under LEISURE as a recreational activity. If an individual coaches a sport, for example, that would be considered WORK if he or she is paid, or it could be considered as service under COMMUNITY, the fifth category, if it is done as a volunteer.
The window also represents the program's effort to shed light on the parent's job, too often undertaken without training nor supervision. The five sides of the house may represent five years of program involvement, after which a participant can be considered a 'graduate' of Parents Forum.