Clubs support children and youth and their families through a variety of community and parent support programs.
All Club programs address the top concerns of Canadian parents about their children’s well-being and development and focus on four key areas of healthy child development:
- Physical and Emotional Health
- Safety and Security
- Success at Learning
- Social Engagement and Responsibility
Many Clubs offer a variety of family support programs that are aimed at strengthening relationships between parents and their children and helping families cope with meeting all of their children's healthy developmental needs.
Parents Together is an example of the types of support programs offered by many Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada. The Parents Together program, established in British Columbia in 1988, is an education and support program for parents who want to develop new skills and knowledge that can help decrease conflict in the home. Participants learn effective strategies to improve relationships, develop positive communication skills and learn about adolescent development, as well as the importance of self-care. Learn more about Parents Together
Parenting Without Power Struggles
Parenting Without Power Struggle, developed in British Columbia, is an education and group support program for parents of preteens, ages 9-13. This 10-week program offers parents the opportunity to explore adolescent development, communication skills, boundaries and parental self-care. The program encourages parents to build on their family strengths and create connections with other parents experiencing similar issues in a confidential, non-judgmental environment. Often parents participate in the program to become prepared for their child’s adolescent years, to address current developmental issues, and to seek support in regards to parenting. Learn more about Parenting Without Power Struggles.
Parents in the Know
Parents in the Know is a 10-week education and group support program that gives parents the opportunity to explore adolescent development, drug and alcohol issues, mental health issues, communication strategies and parental self-care in a confidential and non-judgmental setting. The program utilizes local guest speakers and resources to augment the information covered in the Parents in the Know program. Learn more about Parents in the Know.
The BGCC – Parenting Workshops are available to Clubs across Canada. The workshops include:
- Preparing for the Teen Years
- Navigating the Teen Years
- Connecting through Communication
- Family Values
- Stress and Anxiety
- Living in a Stepfamily
All workshops encourage parents to build on their family strengths, learn about adolescent brain development while discovering practical ideas on how to parent a preteen/teen. Learn more about Parenting Workshops.
For more information on workshops in your area, please contact BGCC's Parenting Programs Manager.
When the School Bell Rings – an After School Resource for Parents is a resource that provides tips for parents and caregivers on how to choose the best after school option for their child. Order Form.
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