Parenting is probably one of the most difficult jobs in the world and we receive little or no training! The pressures of everyday living added to the demands of raising children can cause a great deal of stress and frustration. As parents, we might take the stress out on our kids.
Parents Anonymous can help.
Parents Anonymous of New Jersey, Inc. is a nationally chartered organization designed to strengthen families through its unique self-help model. Parents Anonymous of New Jersey, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization that offers the following free services:
Parents Anonymous Groups
Parent Support Groups: These free, professionally facilitated self-help groups create an environment in which parents help each other develop methods of coping with stress and learn alternative methods of discipline. Groups are facilitated by volunteer professionals but are actually run by parent leaders. Groups meet weekly throughout the state.
Parents of Teens Support Groups: Based on the Parents Anonymous model, this group gives parents of teens an opportunity to address the stress of raising teenagers. This unique group helps parents to find effective methods of dealing with teens today in a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere.
Teen Pregnancy Initiative: This initiative opens the Family Helpline to teens who fear they may be pregnant and need a confidential resource for help. Staffed by trained volunteers, this line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
H.O.P.E.S. (Healing Ourselves Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually): Professionally facilitated self-help groups for adults (who may or may not be parents) wishing to deal with the trauma of physical, emotional or sexual childhood abuse.
Father Time: A three-pronged program for fathers who want to deepen their connections with their children, families and communities. Fathers participate in the 12-week 24/7 DADS curriculum with an added support group component based on the shared leadership model of all Parents Anonymous groups. All Father Time group members extend their leadership into their communities by planning and executing exciting family-friendly community activities.
The Parents Anonymous Parent Stressline and Governors Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Family Helpline:
These lines provide information, referrals and crisis intervention to parents and families in need. Trained and caring volunteers staff both lines.
Training and Community Education:
Speakers to schools, churches, community groups and others to educate about the issues of parenting, parental stress and child abuse prevention.
Print and media materials on parenting, family violence and child abuse and neglect are available on loan.