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Parenting can be wonderful and exceptionally difficult – often both at the same time. But there is help available.
The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) is an evidence-based program that gives parents confidence and helps them raise confident children.
Through grants, parents and local caregivers have access to this free and positive online parenting course. According to Karla Weis, Triple P Outreach and Implementation Coordinator at Mountain Area Health Education Center, the program is self-paced, non-judgmental, and effective.
“Triple P gives parents and caregivers the skills to raise confident, healthy children and teens,” Weis said. “It strengthens family relationships. Triple P also helps parents and caregivers manage behaviors.
The program focuses on behavior prevention, but it does not tell participants how to become parents. And this is not a unique proposition. Weis said parents can choose from a variety of options, from seminars to classes. Increasing levels of support are available, depending on the needs of the family. Topics vary, including one that deals with natural disasters.
“It’s for an ordinary parent of a parent in crisis,” Weis said.
A virtual option is offered, comprising eight modules on different subjects. Parents can choose what to work on.
“For parents in North Carolina, Triple P Online is a free, online, evidence-based program,” Weis said.
Since the program is offered by multiple agencies, in-person options will vary depending on where participants live. One-on-one sessions depend on the agency, but are generally available at low cost or free. Some agencies accept Medicaid and some programs may be covered by private insurance. Parents can choose to be supported throughout the process.
“The choice is yours, since you know your child best,” Weis said. “We are all in the same boat. We recognize that it is difficult. These struggles are daily struggles and every parent faces them no matter how perfect the parent seems to be.”
Access the Triple P resources at triplepwnc.com or triplep-parenting.com.