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Being a parent is a tough job, and it’s one that doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Parents learn by doing and drawing on their own experiences and from those around them. Many look for positive role models to help them along the way.
That’s why programs like the Communities in Schools Parenting Education Program are so important.
For 12 weeks, any parent in Brunswick County can be a part of the program that uses trained facilitators to work with parents and children. They focus on parenting, life and family skills.
Parents learn how to promote positive behaviors in their children by giving praise, offering tangible rewards and setting clear limits.
Children learn how to praise one another, how to discuss daily routines and the importance of family and values.
Ultimately, participants learn how to better communicate with one another, opening the doors for enriching and enlightening discussions in participants’ households.
One parent who recently took part in the program said it has changed the way she and her child communicate.
That’s a result we can all be pleased with.
The Parenting Education Program started about three years ago with seed money from the Brunswick County commissioners. It is another fine example of what can happen when the school system and county government officials work together for Brunswick County families.
And best of all, the program is free and anyone can participate.
The next program begins Jan. 5 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church. There is also one that begins Jan. 6 at the Leland Family Resource Center.
For more information on the Parenting Education Program, call 253-8221.