Calling all parents

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

According to our schools' staff and community-at-large, we, as parents, need a lot of help!

CAP was created to assist the community in becoming pro-active with solutions to problems that the community itself identified. One of the recurring comments (from our survey and forum) was the lack of parenting skills and youth issues. If you are willing to be open-minded...read on or just ask any teacher, principal or staff in your child's school, or ask a friend.

I am sure even you complain about "other people's kids." I think its time we "wake up," stop pretending or open up to the fact that perhaps your children are not perfect - and keep in mind that constructive criticism is healthy.

Concerns around youth cited in the survey included lack of respect, lack of compassion and lack of volunteerism (in that order). As for parents, their comments included a lack in teaching their children respect, compassion, volunteerism, lack of discipline, enabling, rescuing - the list goes on.

Most of us are good parents, who love our children and strive to do our best for them. But let's face it. It is not easy being a parent. You work all day, you take your kids to activities/sports. How much movies, TV, video games and music videos do we let them watch? The way you parent has significant and long-term effects for everyone. Some are good, some not. Ultimately, how you parent affects your community, school, relationships and family.

Simple things like allowing aggressive, destructive, non-compliant or rude behaviour to go without consequences can be dangerous. In addition, such behaviour adds unneeded stress to your life that could easily be avoided. We are all responsible for teaching our children respect, compassion, love, kindness, volunteerism, etc.

There is one very simple parenting tip, that any parent can do: lead by example. Think of your children as mirrors of you! That can either be a sobering thought or give you peace of mind and comfort. Which is it for you? Do you lead by way of example? Do you volunteer your time on a regular basis? Do you perform random acts of kindness frequently? Do you display compassion and unconditional love? Do your words reflect what you are really trying to say or what you are thinking? Are you humble?

Take action by making some necessary life changes. You will reap a lifetime of reward.

CAP HAPPENINGS

Parent Action Workshop for Parents of pre-teens & teens, beginning Monday, November 7 at the Flamborough Family YMCA. It's free to register, just call the YMCA at 905-690-3555.

The sessions will focus on you, the parent, and assist you in supporting your role as a parent of teenagers. Enhance your parenting skills with the tools to deal with parent/teen issues of communication, anger, frustration, stress, bullying, respect, "talking back," attitude, consistency and more.

CAP will also offer classes through the Early Years program for parents of children 5 years and under. For more details, visit www.infoflam.on.ca/cap or call (905) 689-7880.

Karen Brown is co-ordinator for the Crime Activity Prevention (CAP) program. She can be reached at 905-689-7880.

Calling all parents

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

According to our schools' staff and community-at-large, we, as parents, need a lot of help!

CAP was created to assist the community in becoming pro-active with solutions to problems that the community itself identified. One of the recurring comments (from our survey and forum) was the lack of parenting skills and youth issues. If you are willing to be open-minded...read on or just ask any teacher, principal or staff in your child's school, or ask a friend.

I am sure even you complain about "other people's kids." I think its time we "wake up," stop pretending or open up to the fact that perhaps your children are not perfect - and keep in mind that constructive criticism is healthy.

Concerns around youth cited in the survey included lack of respect, lack of compassion and lack of volunteerism (in that order). As for parents, their comments included a lack in teaching their children respect, compassion, volunteerism, lack of discipline, enabling, rescuing - the list goes on.

Most of us are good parents, who love our children and strive to do our best for them. But let's face it. It is not easy being a parent. You work all day, you take your kids to activities/sports. How much movies, TV, video games and music videos do we let them watch? The way you parent has significant and long-term effects for everyone. Some are good, some not. Ultimately, how you parent affects your community, school, relationships and family.

Simple things like allowing aggressive, destructive, non-compliant or rude behaviour to go without consequences can be dangerous. In addition, such behaviour adds unneeded stress to your life that could easily be avoided. We are all responsible for teaching our children respect, compassion, love, kindness, volunteerism, etc.

There is one very simple parenting tip, that any parent can do: lead by example. Think of your children as mirrors of you! That can either be a sobering thought or give you peace of mind and comfort. Which is it for you? Do you lead by way of example? Do you volunteer your time on a regular basis? Do you perform random acts of kindness frequently? Do you display compassion and unconditional love? Do your words reflect what you are really trying to say or what you are thinking? Are you humble?

Take action by making some necessary life changes. You will reap a lifetime of reward.

CAP HAPPENINGS

Parent Action Workshop for Parents of pre-teens & teens, beginning Monday, November 7 at the Flamborough Family YMCA. It's free to register, just call the YMCA at 905-690-3555.

The sessions will focus on you, the parent, and assist you in supporting your role as a parent of teenagers. Enhance your parenting skills with the tools to deal with parent/teen issues of communication, anger, frustration, stress, bullying, respect, "talking back," attitude, consistency and more.

CAP will also offer classes through the Early Years program for parents of children 5 years and under. For more details, visit www.infoflam.on.ca/cap or call (905) 689-7880.

Karen Brown is co-ordinator for the Crime Activity Prevention (CAP) program. She can be reached at 905-689-7880.

Calling all parents

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

According to our schools' staff and community-at-large, we, as parents, need a lot of help!

CAP was created to assist the community in becoming pro-active with solutions to problems that the community itself identified. One of the recurring comments (from our survey and forum) was the lack of parenting skills and youth issues. If you are willing to be open-minded...read on or just ask any teacher, principal or staff in your child's school, or ask a friend.

I am sure even you complain about "other people's kids." I think its time we "wake up," stop pretending or open up to the fact that perhaps your children are not perfect - and keep in mind that constructive criticism is healthy.

Concerns around youth cited in the survey included lack of respect, lack of compassion and lack of volunteerism (in that order). As for parents, their comments included a lack in teaching their children respect, compassion, volunteerism, lack of discipline, enabling, rescuing - the list goes on.

Most of us are good parents, who love our children and strive to do our best for them. But let's face it. It is not easy being a parent. You work all day, you take your kids to activities/sports. How much movies, TV, video games and music videos do we let them watch? The way you parent has significant and long-term effects for everyone. Some are good, some not. Ultimately, how you parent affects your community, school, relationships and family.

Simple things like allowing aggressive, destructive, non-compliant or rude behaviour to go without consequences can be dangerous. In addition, such behaviour adds unneeded stress to your life that could easily be avoided. We are all responsible for teaching our children respect, compassion, love, kindness, volunteerism, etc.

There is one very simple parenting tip, that any parent can do: lead by example. Think of your children as mirrors of you! That can either be a sobering thought or give you peace of mind and comfort. Which is it for you? Do you lead by way of example? Do you volunteer your time on a regular basis? Do you perform random acts of kindness frequently? Do you display compassion and unconditional love? Do your words reflect what you are really trying to say or what you are thinking? Are you humble?

Take action by making some necessary life changes. You will reap a lifetime of reward.

CAP HAPPENINGS

Parent Action Workshop for Parents of pre-teens & teens, beginning Monday, November 7 at the Flamborough Family YMCA. It's free to register, just call the YMCA at 905-690-3555.

The sessions will focus on you, the parent, and assist you in supporting your role as a parent of teenagers. Enhance your parenting skills with the tools to deal with parent/teen issues of communication, anger, frustration, stress, bullying, respect, "talking back," attitude, consistency and more.

CAP will also offer classes through the Early Years program for parents of children 5 years and under. For more details, visit www.infoflam.on.ca/cap or call (905) 689-7880.

Karen Brown is co-ordinator for the Crime Activity Prevention (CAP) program. She can be reached at 905-689-7880.