May 2010 is “Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents” month and this is the sixth annual event to offer help and support for parents. It’s a time when educators, parents, coaches, and other youth group leaders take time to introduce Parenting Education to young people.
It’s a month set aside to encourage parenting education in schools and youth programs.
According to the Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents organization, the purpose of the month is to “teach children and grandchildren what a complex and heroic effort it takes to raise a child.” The goal is to conduct activities during the month which will help children develop their own potential for nurturing.
It’s also a way to encourage children to explore their own community and the many opportunities to learn about parenting. The more children know about the challenges and difficulties of parenting, the more likely they are to think more seriously about starting a family before they are emotionally, physically, and financially capable of handling parenting issues.
Parenting programs have an impact
Since more than 80% of all Americans eventually become parents, it makes sense to educate children on the subject. Studies have shown that school-based Parenting Education programs can help prevent child abuse by building a deeper understanding of child development and parenting skills such as problem-solving, listening, and empathy.
The more educated children are about parenting, the more likely they are to delay becoming parents until they are ready.
Prepare children for the future
Parents and grandparents in the Richmond, Virginia area can take advantage of many local resources to help educate their children on the challenges of parenting. Teaching children about the challenges of parenthood helps them prepare for the future. It also encourages them to be better prepared before they decide to start a family.
Many schools in the Greater Richmond Area also offer parenting and family education classes for children. These classes can be a valuable component of a well-rounded education for young people. Be sure and learn what your child or grandchild’s school has to offer.
Talk with children openly
Teach children about parenthood and what to expect at a young age and help prepare them for the future. Preparing Tomorrow’s Parent month is a good time to talk openly and honestly with your teens about this topic.
For more information, visit the Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents website. You will find a variety of resources, reading recommendations, and other materials to support your educational efforts.