PROJECT TITLE Bahay ni San Benito (SBCA Parent-Child Center)
BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT/ASPIRATION
Parenting is a difficult and arduous task; growing up is likewise challenging and tough.
Families today face unique challenges that were not on the scene before laptops and smart phones took over the world. Parents and children spend less and less quality time together, and when they do, that time is usurped by 24/7 access to media, internet, and social networking sites.
Three out of five parents who are called by the school because of their children’s concerns (poor academic performance, misconduct, social-emotional problems) express helplessness and frustration over their seeming incapability to manage and understand their children. Sadly, they relinquish their parenting responsibility and leave everything to the school.
Counselors and mental health professionals are reporting higher rates of depression and anxiety among children. Children feel isolated and alone because of lack of real connection with the people closest to them. They face huge pressure from school, peers, and perceived expectations brought about by media, and then come home to parents who are not “hearing” them. Consequently, they seek refuge elsewhere.
Parents and children now more than ever need help to rebuild the disintegrating family.
It is the fundamental right of the child to have the basic support that ensures healthy physical, social-emotional, and spiritual development. The best persons to give this support and raise healthy children are healthy parents.
The school and the home – parents and teachers- share the same belief that the most important and indispensable job for parents is raising healthy children who want to learn the basic lessons (respect, effort, self discipline) that do not only apply in the classroom, but are also necessary for success in all areas of life.
The goal of Bahay ni San Benito is to help parents build better relationships with their...