'Put your children first'
Parenting support group to host post-divorce seminar
Cecelia Campbell-Livingston, Gleaner Writer
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
ON FEBRUARY 26 at the old police station in May Pen, The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) will be hosting a community forum which will be zoning in on issues affecting families.
Dubbed 'The Parents Talk Edition ... Parenting For a Better Nation', the event is part of the NPSC Effective Parenting Programme, which is geared, among other things, to help parents connect with other parents and entrust communities to make better decisions for their children.
The forum will be taking the form of a community meeting and will run from 2-6 p.m. It will focus on effective parenting through divorce/separation.
Public-health specialist and executive director of The National Parenting Commission, Dr Patrice Charles, said the community forum is to address current issues affecting parents and by extension their children.
"The NPSC recognises that divorce/separation affects children emotionally and desires to emphasise to parents that this cannot be ignored. Parents must recognise the need to make their children a priority," she said.
The forum will be conducted in two parts - one in a student rap session and the second half, a rap session with parents.
According to Charles, the students will be setting the tone for the second half of the discussion as they will be highlighting things affecting them in the home.
"That will provide insight into the opinion of the children as it relates to developing and maintaining a positive parent-child relationship," she said.
Among the issues expected to be highlighted at the forum are learning to protect children from conflict, handling co-parenting, getting on as separated parents and working with step-parents and stepfamilies.
Panellists for the forum will comprise psychologists, social workers and guidance counsellors.