"My son loves me now. He
doesn't fear me."
"It taught me to be more
patient with my children, to listen, to know that
they are little human beings and have feelings
too. Somehow that got lost-so
it put me back on track.
"I learned things that I
really needed to know. A lot of us didn't always
get the structure from our parents, so we're
trying to break out of that parenting cycle into
one that will allow us to help our children meet
"I never gave my children
a chance to express themselves. It was always
'Shut up. I'm your mother, you're the child. What
I say goes, and that's it.' But what I've come to
realize is that children have ideas and opinions
too and they need to express them."
"One thing that really hit
me kind of close to home was the fact that I was
raising my children under a form of
Brooklyn, New York
"The program helped me
understand my feelings about being
"One of my sons is in
prison for drug selling. Now I know from this
class that if I had let him speak more than I used
to, if I didn't always say, 'Shut your mouth,' I
don't think he'd be in the position he is
a positive influence to all parents. It brings us
together as Black parents to understand more of
each other's feelings and to help us set excellent
examples for our children."
Hill, North Carolina
thought discipline was punishment, that spanking
was the only way. I'd react immediately with my
hand. Now I am able to communicate. I have a
method that increases behaviors I want to see. My
son is more open, more affectionate. He'll pass me
in the hallway, he'll grab me and hug me, and tell
me, "I love you, Mom."
world of parenting has been opened to a new
horizon. I'm a better mother and a better friend
to my children."
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