January 15th, 2020
CALIFORNIA DECLARES JANUARY STATE-WIDE
“POSITIVE PARENTING AWARENESS MONTH”
The California Assembly has officially recognized January 2020 as Positive Parenting Awareness Month throughout the State of California. Positive Parenting Awareness Month highlights the importance for parents and caregivers to develop warm, nurturing relationships with their children and teens and become more confident as parents.
“Positive Parenting Awareness Month was launched in Santa Cruz County eight years ago and has since become observed by nine more counties,” said Assembly member Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, lead author of the statewide resolution.
“Taking this statewide is a great way to send the message that every community in California benefits from a focus on raising healthy, happy kids – and there are tips and tools available to help.”
The landmark achievement has been made possible with the support of Triple P providers across the state who were able to self-organize and self-fund the required legislative work.
"This is a truly fantastic initiative. A Positive Parenting Awareness Month gives proper public recognition to the crucial importance of parenting to the well-being of children, parents and entire communities," said Triple P founder, Professor Matt Sanders.
"There is nothing more important we can do to promote the well-being of children than to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of all parents in the task of raising healthy well-adjusted children and young people. Well done, California!" he added.
In proclaiming January 2020 as Positive Parenting Awareness Month, the California Legislature introduced numerous important messages and concepts related to parenting, some of which include:
Raising children and youth in California to become healthy, confident, capable individuals is the most important job parents and caregivers have.
Positive parenting can prevent or mitigate the effects of adverse childhood experiences such as child abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, and other traumatic events that can create dangerous levels of stress and impair lifelong health and well-being; and
Many parents and caregivers begin the lifetime job of raising children feeling unprepared, and fear and social pressures prevent many from seeking parenting help and guidance.
Families in California come in many forms, with children who are raised by parents, grandparents, foster parents, family members and other caregivers; and
Families can benefit from a “tool kit” of proven strategies and receive support from various positive parenting programs in many counties and tribes through numerous organizations and individual practitioners, thanks to local partnerships, such as between First 5 Commissions, local government, tribal nations, health and human service providers, schools, libraries, higher education institutions, and child welfare agencies; and
Every individual, community group, business, public, and non-profit agency, and tribe in California has a role to play in raising awareness of the importance of positive parenting and supporting the health and well-being of children and families.
“Positive Parenting Awareness Month represents the best in advocacy and government efficiency;” said Brad Thomas, Triple P America CEO. “I'm impressed with the teamwork that was the key in getting ACR 140 (Stone) passed unanimously out of the State Assembly (68-0). Congratulations to California providers and Triple P America wishes you continued success in your advocacy and service delivery to every parent! Your work is an inspiration to all of us.”
January 6th, 2020
Former First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson said “Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” Research, in fact, demonstrates that the quality of parenting and caregiving throughout a child’s life is one of the most powerful predictors of their future social, emotional, and physical health and well-being. This means parents play a key role in shaping the outcome of their children’s lives. While it can be challenging to be a good parent amidst the demands of work and family life, parents who are able to be responsive to their children’s needs can help them build strong emotional bonds or secure attachments that will enable them to take on life’s challenges with confidence.
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has declared January as Positive Parenting Awareness Month for the first time, and this adds us to a growing list of seven counties that celebrate this annually. Positive Parenting Awareness Month aims to recognize the vital role all parents play in raising their children, and link them to trusted sources of information and support and fun activities geared to increase secure parent-child attachments.
What exactly is positive parenting?
Positive parenting is an approach to raising children that focuses on strengthening family relationships, increasing parental confidence and promoting healthy child development. The basic principles of positive parenting are to provide an environment that is safe and conducive for learning, use assertive discipline, maintain realistic expectations and ask others for support in times of stress.
While there is no “right” way to parent, taking parent education classes can be excellent ways to receive guidance on navigating the challenges of child rearing to parent positively. An educational program that follows the principles of positive parenting is Triple P system that teaches parents practical strategies based on scientifically proven evidence. Originally developed in 2001 as a training program in Australia for the parents of disruptive pre-school children, the Triple P has expanded into a worldwide multi-level system of programs designed to serve parents of children of all ages and behavioral levels.
Yet the idea of taking a parent education class can elicit subtle levels of social stigma among some, as if they are the equivalent of “traffic court classes” for “law breaking” parents because not all parents take them voluntarily (some are court ordered to take them). But most parents who take parenting classes report improvements in their children’s behavior, parenting styles and stress. Families who have taken Triple P classes in this county have on average seen improvements in their children’s behavior by 85%, parenting skills by 91% and emotional coping skills by 94%. And they are all affordably priced to meet the needs of families of all income levels.
You will find a variety of these parent education classes based on the Triple P model for the parents of children of all ages and stages. These offerings include versions tailored to address the needs of diverse family structures that include single parents, co-parents, and the parents of foster, adopted and special needs children. And there are even parenting classes specifically for fathers that address their unique needs at a time when more men are taking on the caretaking role.
We hope you can join us in celebrating Positive Parenting Awareness Month and taking advantage of the classes and events held all over this county. The C.O.P.E. Family Support Center has joined together with three other non-profit family service providers to offer an array of activities to support the important work parents do in raising the children of our community.
Check out the January Calendar of Events below for parenting events and activities in your community!