Nobody’s Perfect (NP) – a parenting program for parents of children up to age five.
It is designed to meet the needs of parents who are: Young, single, isolated (because
they have no friends or family near by or live in a rural area); and have low income or
little formal education.
The program is designed to strengthen positive parenting skills. Though participants may differ in age or cultural background, all have several things in common: They want to be there; and they want what is best for their children. The sessions help them to recognize their strengths and to find positive ways to raise healthy, happy children.
The program is free of charge, and gives parents a safe place to meet others with children of the same age and with whom they share interests and concerns.
NP has been developed for parents who, for one reason or another, have little access to other resources. There are several reasons for this:
o They can’t afford to participate in some programs, either because there is a fee involved or because of the costs of transportation or childcare.
o They don’t have the level of education or literacy they need to find, read and apply most of the printed material that is available on parenting.
o They are isolated and may not know where to look or who to talk to.
o They are afraid they will be judged or labeled as bad parents if they ask for support.
o They don’t think most parenting programs are culturally relevant to them
Though participants may differ in age or cultural background from one program to another, all of the parents who participate in NP have several things in common:
o They want to be there, NP is a voluntary program – no one is required or forced to participate.
o They want what is best for their children, they want to be good parents.
The program is designed to strengthen positive parenting skills, and does NOT teach one ‘right’ way to parent. It helps them to recognize their strengths and to find positive ways to raise healthy, happy children.
Training is offered by trained facilitators throughout Ontario, training is coordinated
through Ontario’s North for the Children. All Rose of Durham staff, including the Executive Director, are trained facilitators. This group is held on average three times per year, on Monday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in six week sessions.