Anti-poverty parenting training helps to change entrenched behaviours

Parents with learners in Vision AfriKa’s day care scheme have attended training to help them support their children more effectively.

The anti-poverty parenting training is intended to take participants out of their comfort zone and help them explore and challenge their own belief systems and parenting styles. It also shows them ways that they might be able to change things for the better.

For instance, many parents raise their children to be dependent like chickens and not to stand up for themselves. As a result, they are open to exploitation by people with more power than them without even realising it, but such a situation tends to lead to poverty.

Raising children like eagles, on the other hand, has the opposite effect as they can fly high and see the bigger picture, which enables them to take more control of their lives.

The 18 parents that took part in the training were given seven different tools to help empower them and become better role models. One such tool was “Down with anxiety, up with willpower”, the idea here being to provide parents with techniques to reduce their anxiety levels in order to better boost their children’s willpower to behave in a positive, rather than easy, way.

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