child experts believe that parent education is the only
long lasting solution to the problem of neglect and abuse.
The Fund offers comprehensive parenting classes for all
parents who wants to improve or need to improve their
parenting skills. Abuse and neglect is the result of ignorance
or lack of access to mental health services and effective
parenting education. Education provides the parent with
a wealth of skills and tools to safeguard the baby and
themselves. Parenting education gives mothers and fathers
a solid knowledge base to help them raise healthy and
vibrant children. It allows them to understand why their
children are being disobedient and teaches the parent
how to respond lovingly toward the child. Education gives
the parent a bird's eye view into the physical and
mental growth of the child. This is extremely helpful
in knowing what the child is capable of and what the child
is incapable of doing.
Child experts note that when a mother or father screams at a baby/child this parent lacks an acute understanding of the mental capacity of the child. The child/baby does not understand those commands from their parents. Thus, the parents get frustrated and angry and then abuse the child. A key component of the parenting classes is to teach the parents that those babies/children are not little adults and do not understand. Hitting or verbally abusing them is not and never has been an effective teaching strategy. The parenting classes will provide the parent new non violent skills on how to properly educate and motivate their precious gift from God.
In addition the classes will cover the ABCs of parenting, what is stress and how to deal with stress. A significant amount of time is centered on child human development and the value of good child health practices (e.g. SIDS). Parenting and child nutrition will also be covered in those classes.