Local Organizations Fund New Parenting Classes

Dr. Bob Sanborn CEO of Children at Risk speaking about the new parenting classes program.
In Harris County alone, 800,000 parents have kids under 18, but less than 2 percent of them take parenting classes. Now more than 50 local organizations are putting money and resources into increasing that number to help parents when they need it the most.

Lynn Ludeke is mom to two kids under three: Blaire and Eric. She is the first to admit parenting is difficult, very difficult.

“I frankly don’t know how humanity survived. Going from no children to one child rocked my world, and I didn’t know what to do. It was the hardest thing I’d ever done in my life.”

For support Ludeke relied on a group of mom’s whose kids were close in age to her own.

“We fumbled through the weeds together and figured it out and it’s been great. But I need that support; I needed that team.”

Mom Lynn Ludeke
Mom Lynn Ludeke and her kids, Blaire and Eric in costume, at The Children's Museum

Not all parents are so lucky and they’re the ones that the new Center for Parenting and Family Well-Being is trying to reach. The center is a collaboration of kid’s organizations including Children at Risk and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston. They’re funding a pilot program in the Triple P, Positive Parenting Program, training 80 providers on how to work with parents and address their challenges.

Prentiss Collins is with the Boys and Girls Club.

“We wanna say the boys and girls club staff are trained and you’re gonna come over and get the advice and the strategies that you need to work with their child. Parents can’t do it by themselves.”

Dr. Bob Sanborn with Children at Risk says it’s important to make these parenting classes readily available. 

“Every parent who really needs this information doesn’t feel that it’s a negative thing to ask for this information, but feels like here’s help I wanna use it.”

The pilot program will be offered at Spring Branch ISD, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, DePelchin Children’s Center and the Boys and Girls Club.

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Edel is a producer on Houston Matters and reporter for PBS’s Newshour Weekend...