TACLOBAN CITY- Parenting can be the most rewarding work of adult life.
Nothing brings more joy and pride than a happy, productive, and loving child. But parenting adolescents has never been easy. It may seem harder today in this too-much-information-and-everything-else age, but the basic principles haven’t changed.
It’s a balancing act: allowing more freedom while maintaining limits that hope help them live long enough to become their own persons.
Both parents and adolescents may find help through the Commission on Population’s (Popcom) Learning Package on Parent Education on Adolescent Health and Development (LPPEAHD) in understanding and managing each other these adolescent years—years that can be both exhilarating and daunting.
Since LPPEAHD’s inception, Popcomc-8 has conducted several trainings to parents in various parts of the region to help them provide the best type of guidance and advice to their adolescent children on matters pertaining to adolescent health and development, most especially on human sexuality-related issues.
On November 14-18, 2016 about 60 nurses, midwives and teachers who are already from different towns across Eastern Samar were trained by Popcom on how to prepare themselves and their children for a smoother transition and greater success in achieving the tasks of adolescent development. They were also trained to conduct a similar training to their fellow parents in their respective communities.
The training was sponsored by the Department of Health Provincial Office in Eastern Samar headed by Dr. Jean Marie Egargo.
“We enjoyed the sessions as we went through focus group discussions and role playing,” said Maria Marcelina Crodula, a participant from Guiuan town.
She said she learned that adolescents need many skills in order to successfully achieve their goal of increased independence. (MEL CASPE)