The Parent Centre’s Parenting Skills and Support Programme is aimed at teenage parents and caregivers.
The teen pregnancy rate in South Africa is unacceptably high and we do not condone teenage pregnancy. This programme equips teenagers with parenting skills which enables them to be more effective, responsible, nurturing mothers and fathers.
We also believe that meeting the emotional needs of the teenagers, together with their sustained effective parenting of their children, will result in a reduction of teenage pregnancy in the next generation.
What does it involve?
This programme is run in schools for learners and “out of school” in community venues for teenagers that may have been forced to drop out of school due to parenting responsibilities.
Participants voluntarily commit to attending 20 weekly group sessions. The skills are taught in an interactive way that encourages participation and sharing of experiences.
- Positive Parenting component
The Positive Parenting component includes sessions on:
- Understanding children’s behaviour
- Listening and responding to children’s feelings
- Building self-esteem
- Positive discipline
- Life Skills component
The Life Skills component – particularly pertinent for developing responsibility in teenage parents and caregivers – deals with specific challenges such as:
- Managing money
- Love relationships
- Loss and grief
Where do we work?