Project title: Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program for Young Parents
Participatory Budgeting funding request: $2400
Organization/Individual: James Bay Community Project
Location: James Bay Community Project
What is your project?
Nobody’s Perfect is a parenting program offered in communities by facilitators to help support parents and young children. The program is designed to meet the needs of parents who are young, single, socially or geographically isolated, or who have low income or limited formal education. At Nobody’s Perfect sessions, parents learn about their child’s feelings, behaviours, body, and safety as well as sharing what it is like to be a parent. Sessions are based on what parents want to learn about, not step by step from a book. It is a 6-week program.
At James Bay Community Project, we want to host a Nobody’s Perfect program specifically for young parents who are 20 years old or younger. Because of their different stage of development and different life circumstances, the needs of younger parents may be quite different from those of parents in their twenties or thirties:
• Role conflict: Young parents are learning to be parents and adults at the same time
• Family conflict: young parents who live at home may feel conflict between their roles as parent and child.
• Housing, poverty, isolation, child care, and lack of support.
• They may have experienced trauma, abuse, and rejection from their supports
The existence of a Nobody’s Perfect group specifically for young parents has been identified as the most effective way of supporting this demographic, rather than encouraging them to attend pre-existing Nobody’s Perfect parenting groups comprised of older parents.
How does your project benefit the lives of youth in Victoria?
Several studies have shown that participants in the Nobody’s Perfect parenting program experience increased:
- Confidence in their parenting skills
- Ability to cope with stress
- Ability to problem solve
- Self-sufficiency and independence
- Frequency of positive parent-child interactions
- Use of positive discipline techniques
- Access to peer/social/community support
In addition to these more immediate benefits, the children of these young parents benefit from a more positive parenting approach and grow up with fewer risk factors, improving outcomes for them.