FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2010
CONTACT: Andrea Schuver, Executive Director
Experts and local program contacts thoughout the US & Canada
available on request.
ANNUAL "PREPARE TOMORROW'S PARENTS MONTH"
PROMOTES BETTER RELATIONSHIPS TODAY AND
PREPARES CHILDREN & TEENS FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB MOST OF
THEM WILL EVER HAVE
FL - Prepare Tomorrow's Parents announces the eighth national "Prepare
Tomorrow's Parents Month" between Mother's Day and Father's
Day - a time for teachers, parents and youth group leaders nationwide
to introduce Parenting Education to young people. Prepare Tomorrow's
Parents is a national, non-profit organization formed in 1995 to
promote and facilitate Parenting Education for children and teens.
This month continues a campaign to promote the inclusion of Parenting
Education in schools and youth programs for all young people.
year we honor Mom by taking her to a crowded restaurant for brunch,
and then we honor Dad by buying him a tie he may never wear,"
says Suzy Garfinkle, mother of three and Founding President of Prepare
Tomorrow's Parents. "Why not honor parents' work by teaching
their children and grandchildren what a complex and heroic effort
it takes to raise a child? To honor mothers and fathers and celebrate
effective parenting, we are asking everyone who has regular contact
with a young person to do one activity this month to develop their
potential for nurturing. We also urge people who care about children
to explore their community's opportunities and potential for children
and teens to learn about parenting, and to advocate where needed.
Today's families are facing many challenges and increased focus
on relationships is the best investment against difficult times."
of all Americans become parents, and parenting is the most important
job we do. Changes in American society have made the parenting role
more difficult, while offering fewer opportunities for young people
to learn good parenting solely by observation at home.
The stakes are
high. Just under 80% of perpetrators of child abuse and neglect
are parents, and nearly all the rest are relatives or other caregivers.
Lack of knowledge of child development and appropriate discipline
are significant factors in abuse and neglect. Many other inadequately
prepared or supported parents are unable to provide the good parenting
that is known to deter teen pregnancy, depression, addictions, academic
failure, delinquency and later criminal behavior.
Mimi Plevin-Foust, says, "There is nothing that is more cost
effective than prevention and no prevention is more cost effective
than preparing young people for parenting."
a national poll, the vast majority of U.S. adults believe that parenting
and relationship skills should be taught in schools, yet few students
now receive this instruction. In developing child-rearing curricula
there is no need to start from scratch. Some excellent programs
exist already. Family and Consumer Science teachers are already
qualified and prepared, and there are many ways to integrate this
learning into the current school coursework at all grade levels.
This learning can also take place in youth groups and other community
shown that school-based Parenting Education programs help prevent
child abuse by building understanding of child development and parenting
skills such as empathy, listening, problem-solving, and critical
thinking. These skills also promote academic success, as do the
more caring, cooperative learning environments this programming
fosters. Students who understand the enormous responsibilities of
raising a child are also far more motivated to delay parenting until
they are ready.
society's deep-seated assumptions,” offers Dr. Myriam Miedzian,
social philosopher, author, and Co-Founder of Prepare Tomorrow's
Parents, “is that teaching a skill in school is the best way
for a child to learn it. Isn't it strange that the most important
and difficult task so many people face - raising children - goes
untaught? By making both boys and girls aware of the importance
and complexity of child rearing, classes could bring down teenage
pregnancy rates, reduce the number of deadbeat dads, and promote
caring, responsible mothering and fathering. Regardless of how much
detail these boys and girls remember by the time they become parents,
the class has imbued them with a deep sense of the reality of parenting,
of the sacrifices and demands as well as the joys.”
Parents invites parents, teachers and all adults who care about
children to visit us at www.preparetomorrowsparents.org year-round
for ideas for activities that have been posted for Preparing Tomorrow’s
Parents month. These include simple and engaging steps to take at
home, as well as classroom-ready learning experiences for use by
parents, teachers, and youth leaders from Brownies and Boy Scouts
to faith-based youth groups. The website also lists Family and Consumer
Sciences contact information, and over a dozen flexible independent
Parenting Education programs that are already available to schools.
concludes, "Parenting is not a hobby. It’s the most important
work most of us will ever do. Let’s not leave our grandchildren’s
future to chance."
Prepare Tomorrow's Parents is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to promoting and facilitating Parenting Education for children
and teenagers. Our goal is to bring parenting, nurturing and relationship
skills education to all children and teens to improve the quality
of parenting in the next generation while creating caring classroom
environments that facilitate learning. Through identifying and promoting
programs, inspiring efforts, advising proponents, and providing resources
and public education, Prepare Tomorrow's Parents
works toward a society in which every child is well nurtured and parenting
is a valued occupation undertaken only by prepared adults. To learn
more about the benefits of Parenting Education for young people and
the programs available, visit www.preparetomorrowsparents.org.
to Prepare Tomorrow's Parents Month Index Page