The Saddlers Seventh Day Adventist Church located at Mount Moriah, Harris’ Village, is organizing a series of what it called the ‘Better Parenting Seminar’.
A member of the organizing church, Ercille Williams-Caines told MyVueNews.com that the purpose of hosting this initiative is to provide parents with information that they can use to improve their parenting skills.
“We have realized that most of the times when we hear of young people getting caught up with crime and violence and other social ills, people tend to forget the parents,” explained Williams-Caines adding, “What we are trying to do is to encourage parents to play a greater role in helping to get rid of these issues by providing them with some tips and more knowledge.”
According to Williams-Caines, most of these of issues would not be present if parents were playing their role or know what role(s) they are to play, and the majority of the times, the children are crying out for their parents’ love.
She said that the seminars will benefit the participants in ways such as:
- Providing practical ways for parents to improve their parenting skills
- Enabling parents to interact with each other, share experiences and provide support for each other
- Providing the opportunity for parents to receive support from and join the various programs of the Church (e.g. Pathfinders, Sabbath School, Bible study, Prayer sessions, etc.)
Williams-Caines explained that the sessions will be facilitated by resourceful and qualified individuals.
“Our facilitators are people who have been working with parents and they have the experience,” said Ercille.
She revealed that for the first session, which will be held this Saturday (August 27th) at 4 pm, Valerie Dolphin, a resource teacher within the Early Childhood Curriculum Unit will be the facilitator.
The program is scheduled to take place on the last Saturday in the months August, September, October, November and December at the Saddlers Primary School.
“Parents will be encouraged to attend the entire series and not to break any link in the chain. Parents who attend 4 out of the five series will be given certificates in a grand graduation ceremony,” said Ercille Williams-Caines.