97 Clarendon households benefit from parenting training

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97 Clarendon households benefit from parenting training

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Parents from Clarendon who took part in the Parenting Education Project have been encouraged to adopt the practices and techniques taught to them during the training period, which lasted over six months.

Speaking at a National Parenting Support Commission parent graduation ceremony, at the Saint Gabriel's Anglican Church in May Pen, on Thursday, State Minister in the Labour and Social Security Ministry, Zavia Mayne, said the techniques must become the new habits that will reshape their personality and help them to ultimately build stronger relationships to enhance the well-being of their children.

“Do not try this alone. You have been given access to mentors and you have met other parents through these workshops. Keep in touch with each other and support each other. Hold one another accountable for practising the new behaviours, which you have been taught,” he charged the graduates.

“Share what you have been taught with other parents that did not have the benefit of these workshops. Be an agent of change,” Mayne added.

He encouraged the parents to always be there for their children. “Always model the behaviour you want them to adopt. Tell them how much you love them and how proud you are of them,” the State minister urged.
Under the $60-million project, which is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a total of 1,200 Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) households with children two to six years of age are being targeted.

Eight topics covered by the project include nutrition, communication, discipline and punishment, education, money management, stress management, child development and play.

A total of 950 families have, so far, benefited from the parenting intervention, which began in 2016.

For the parish of Clarendon, 97 households completed the project, which represents the highest cohort of participants. Included were two fathers.

The graduates hailed from 10 communities, including Crofts Hill, Cumberland, Curatoe Hill, Kellitts, Lionel Town, Race Course, Rocky Point, Sanguinetti, Spaldings and Trout Hall.
National Project Coordinator, André Miller, deemed the project a success, as the behaviour of a number of parents has changed.
The final phase under the project is scheduled to begin some time in 2019.

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