Teen Parenting Programme

The Parent Centre’s Teen Parenting Programme provides teenage parents and caregivers with support as well as parenting and life skills.  The teen pregnancy rate in South Africa remains unacceptably high and we do not condone teenage pregnancy. However, teenagers with parenting responsibilities need support to enable them to cope with these, together with their normal developmental changes and challenges and academic responsibilities.

Teen Parenting Programme

This programme equips teenagers with parenting skills which enable them to be more effective, responsible, nurturing mothers and fathers.  Life skills promote sound decision-making, helping teenagers avoid the mistakes of the past and cope better with day-to-day life challenges.  We believe that meeting the emotional needs of 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
  • Problem-solving

Life Skills Component

The Life Skills component – particularly pertinent for developing responsibility in teenage parents and caregivers – deals with specific challenges such as:

  • Assertiveness
  • Managing money
  • Love relationships
  • Loss and grief

Get in contact

Please feel free to get in touch with us on 021 762 0116 or julia@theparentcentre.org.za  or alternatively fill in the contact form and our team will connect with you.