Parenting programme to help build strong family ties

KUCHING: The Parenting Teenagers Courses (TPTC) will help parents build a healthy family that last a lifetime.

Alpha Malaysia (Sarawak) regional coordinator Dr Wong Howe Tung said TPTC was launched in Kuching in 2012 as a useful and beneficial course for the purpose.

“It is utmost important to build marriages and families as the country’s divorce rate is rising.

“When a divorce happens, children become the victims,” he told StarMetro.

Broken families are the main attribute of juvenile delinquencies. Sarawak ranked second highest in teenage pregnancies in Malaysia.

With over 30 years of marriage and four children, Wong and his wife Gan Chuei Lian Gan leveraged on their own parenting experience and interviews with thousands of parents over the years to develop the course.

“These are the main reasons why we are actively promoting The Marriage Courses (TMC) and TPTC,” said Gan.

TPTC will be conducted in English and Mandarin at SMK Green Road school hall from April 15 to May 20. The two TPTC are backed by Sarawak Women and Family Department, which comes under the purview of Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Ministry.

“The Sarawak government has been sponsoring TMC since 2014 and now it is the first time it will sponsor TPTC.

“We will be running the programme in schools,” said Gan.

Five topics covered by the five weekly courses are “Keep the end in mind”, “Meeting teenager’s needs”, “Setting boundaries”, “Developing emotional health” and “Helping them make good choices.”

In each session, there will be talks and group discussions.

The parenting course is designed for parents and guardians of children aged 11 to 18 years old.

The course will bring fresh insights and time-tested values to the task of parenting.

TPTC was started by Londoners Nicki and Sila Lee, who are the co-authors of The Marriage Book, The Parenting Book and The Marriage Course.

TPTC English and Mandarin programmes will commence on April 15 and 16 respectively.

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