Tuesday 20 November, 2018

More females turn up for parenting workshops in Point Fortin, Penal

Participants display their certificates following the conclusion of the National Family Service's Division's Parenting Workshop in Point Fortin

Participants display their certificates following the conclusion of the National Family Service's Division's Parenting Workshop in Point Fortin

Women continue to represent the majority of parents who participated in parenting workshops hosted by the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services.

This was revealed via statement by the Ministry on Thursday.

According to the release, parents and guardians in south-west Trinidad benefitted for training sessions through the National Family Services Division of the Ministry in two cycles of parenting workshops in Point Fortin and Penal, respectively.

Parents learned from experienced facilitators who were able to give relevant advice on topics such as child development and sexuality, treating with physical and cyberbullying, discipline and punishment, as well as the impact of social media on communication and safety.

The Ministry said women comprised the greater percentage of participants however, staff observed a growing interest and involvement by men, who are fathers and leaders within the community.

“This was particularly evident in the Point Fortin cycle, where the male participants were extremely interactive in the sessions. One father, Ray St Louis, praised the Ministry for its timely initiative, at a time when a number of families in the southern oil belt, are being significantly impacted by the global downturn in energy prices.”

In Penal, residents also thanked the Ministry and facilitators for helping them to cope with feelings of aggression towards their loved ones and enabling them as parents, to communicate more openly and positively.

At the end of the cycle, parents were awarded certificates of participation.

The National Family Services Division Parenting Workshops aim to strengthen existing parenting abilities and to equip parents and guardians with the necessary resources that would promote child learning and development.

The Parenting Workshops encompassed a variety of parenting activities and topics including but not limited to; The Parent – Self Awareness, The Stages of Child Development, Discipline vs Punishment/Bullying and Cyber Bullying, Sexuality/Teenage Pregnancy and Communication/ Impact of Social Media.

 

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