Effective Black Parenting
A model of teaching parenting developed in the 1970’s to address specific issues African American parents face such as the impact of slavery on child rearing and the need to convey positive messages about one’s cultural heritage. This model has been effective in helping parents to move away from harsh discipline to methods more likely to instill self-discipline. Post training, parents measured higher in parental warmth and improved relationships with their children. Family Care, believing a cultural perspective is important when working primarily with a minority group of parents who are vulnerable and traumatized, has taken and adapted some of the key principles and points from this model including: the recognition that a parent is a child’s first teacher, the development of a “village” to assist with parenting is critical, and purposefully developing behaviors that will encourage children toward success in life and away from destructive tendencies and lack of success.