PAREDOS, Parent Education for Development in Barbados
"Building Strong Communities, One Family at a Time"

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Parenting Classes Outline

PAREDOS’ primary goal is to address the challenges facing parents and families, through the conduct of parenting classes.

The three main objectives of PAREDOS are as follows:
To provide families with information, guidance counselling on parenting and other family related   matters;Raise the level of awareness of the importance of responsible family life in national development through educational programmes;

Deliver quality childcare to children from age three months to four and a half years of age ,and provide support and guidance to their parents.


Parenting Classes

The PAREDOS parenting class runs for ten (10) weeks.

The topics offered by PAREDOS Parenting classes are as follows:


1.  Self-Reflection

Recognize triggers and signs that lead to being out of control of own emotions and actions
Develop skills to discipline yourself as a parent
Identify and develop helpful social support systems for parents
How to avoid burnout         


Preparing for parenthood
Accepting responsibility as a parent
Why am I a parent?
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
Building healthy self-esteem of parent
The importance of parents caring for themselves  


2. IT Minded/ Tech Wise

Applying security on the internet
How to navigate social media


Using privacy controls
Social media safety: Facebook, Snapchat, etc.
Removing posts
app security
Cell-phone monitoring


3. How Children Grow

Identify the milestones that mark normal development of childhood
Dispel the expectation of children acting older than they really are
Recognize the emotional, social and mental needs of children 0-11
Recognize the changes in the emotional, social and mental needs in children from early childhood to puberty to young adulthood
Identify the milestones of normal development of adolescents


Early childhood
Middle Childhood
Late childhood
Challenges of each stage


4. Good, Better, Best Parent

Recognize the difference between positive parenting and negative parenting
Identify 4 major parenting styles
Determine your own current parenting style


1.   Learn communication skills that work for children at various stages of development
2.   Learn to listen before you lecture – commit to the biblical concept of respect
3.   Recognize how you can bring your child’s creativeness and personality out through conversation
4.   Listening to your children


Parenting Styles
Modeling behaviour
Building closer relationships -Spending time working, playing and reading together
Expressing emotions / love & appreciation


5. Train Up A Child

Embrace and encourage the unique “way” your child should go
Examine the positive aspects of reward-based parenting vs. punishment-based parenting
Develop positive reinforcement techniques and skills
Examine the concept of redirection of children of all ages
Identify the difference between discipline and punishment
Instruction in the various tools of discipline
Develop use of behaviour modification plans
Indentify ways to avoid burnout and stress related abuse/neglect


Types of children
Coping with children’s differences and behaviour styles
Positive Reinforcement
Setting limits
Modifying the environment  
The difference between discipline and punishment
Avoiding abuse


Establishing priorities – having a vision
A Financial Check-up – Identifying your spending habits/ patterns
Limiting your Liabilities; Increasing your incomes
Creating a personal budget
Planning for the future
Investment and Insurance Basics


6. We Are What We Eat

Identifying and choosing healthy and nutritious foods
Identifying unhealthy foods and their dangers
Preparing healthy and nutritious meals

The importance of selecting nutritious, healthy foods
Foods and their values
The impact of a high sugar and high salt diet
Dietary requirements on the growing child (0 – 16)


7. Sexual and Reproductive Health

1.     To provide parents with comprehensive information on sexual and reproductive health; and
2.    To assist parents and children in making informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.

Preparing for sexual development
Understanding the importance of sexual health
Accessing age appropriate sexual and reproductive health services
Gender dynamics in sexual and reproductive health
Addressing issues of sexual assault and sexual violence

8 & 9 Count The Cost

Income planning –determining and meeting family operation cost
Prioritizing needs vs. wants – Living within your means
Creating a budget planner
Ways to generate additional income
Saving for the future

Establishing priorities – having a vision
A Financial Check-up – Identifying your spending habits/ patterns
Limiting your Liabilities; Increasing your incomes
Creating a personal budget
Planning for the future
Investment and Insurance Basics

10.  All One Family

Identify the various types of families and the dynamics of each
Identify support systems as they relate to the various type of families

Nuclear/ Single parent/ Extended/ Blended
Family support
When families break up
Handling anger and conflict


# 4 St. Clair Gardens, Perry Gap, Bridgetown, Barbados, Phone: +1 246-427-0212