Monday, July 26, 2010

Teens learning about becoming parents

The Parenting and Paternity Awareness (p.a.p.a.) curriculum developed by the State of Texas helps teens learn about the realities of being a parent.  Their site explains "Key themes in the curriculum focus on the importance of father involvement, the value of paternity establishment, the legal realities of child support, the financial and emotional challenges of single parenting, the benefits of both parents being involved in a child's life, healthy relationship skills, and relationship violence prevention."

Since this program was developed with taxpayer money, it is available for free to any teacher who goes through the 6 hour training program.  However, even if your teen's school doesn't offer this program, they can still watch the videos that are part of the p.a.p.a. curriciulum.  It's powerful to see teens explain the impact of having a baby on their lives. 

3 comments:

Mama Marlaine said...

WOW, I am just now learning about the P.A.P.A program thanks to the website of Kathy Slattengren who recently joined our Parenting 2.0 Group on Linked In.
Thank you Kathy and
hats off to the State of Texas and all individuals contributing to this amazing program.
The "most important job on Earth," and those on Earth, will most assuredly benefit from greater support and preparation of those applying.
Please consider me an official Cheerleader!
Hugs!! Mama Marlaine
www.thelifeskillsreportcard.com

Mama Marlaine said...

When we welcome the world with open hands we receive much precious soil - some highly fertile (stink though it may)- and also priceless treasures.
Thanks to you joining my Parenting 2.0 Group on Linked In today Kathy, my palm was delivered a golden nugget.
Thank you for your website, your work, this great post about P.A.P.A. I routinely welcome all our new members as family and (don't tell anyone but) you are most assuredly a "favorite sister" to me.
Hugs!! Mama Marlaine
www.lifeskillsreportcard.com

Kathy Slattengren said...

Thanks for your positive comments! The P.A.P.A. program seems to be an excellent curriculum for teaching teens about parenthood. The videos with teens describing their experiences of being parents makes it very real. It's important information for all teens to have.