Air date: June 25, 2015
Parenting with a purpose is the motto of Detroit Parent Network and with leaders like Sharlonda Buckman, parents all across Detroit are receiving a reeducation on what it means to be a mother or father. Mitch: If you don’t have parents who set the example as to how to be a good parent you tend to just repeat what you have already seen. Sharlonda: When we think about parenting it’s about making decisions around how you are going to raise that child–what type of parent you want to be. It’s about how we educate them to prepare them in a way that’s going to put them on a different trajectory. At Detroit Parent Network’s eleven locations, the staff invites parents to come to workshops on parent leadership and raising responsible kids. Sharlonda: We’ve almost kind of turned a blind eye to the responsibility that we collectively have to parent our kids to be the adults that we used to have when we were growing up that made the difference in our lives. We find ourselves really teaching parents how to make traditions in your home. Traditions like a family dinner or family fun nights that promote positive communication between parents and kids. Sharlonda: When I was a kid growing up it didn’t matter if you lived in a poor neighborhood or well-to-do, you had a lot more communication with your neighbors. Mitch: With other parents. Sharlonda: With other parents and people looked out for your kids. It’s critically important that we don’t just invest in our kids but we invest in all children. I think it makes all the difference in the world for how we are trying to move this next generation forward. Revitalizing the family unit, Sharlonda Buckman and the Detroit Parent network are building champions for today’s youth right here in the heart of Detroit.