FIEP calls for universal parenting education

Tue Feb 5, 2013 4:30am EST

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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to recent horrors -
the mass killing of schoolchildren in Newtown CT and the brutal rape and murder of a
young woman in Delhi India - the International Federation for Parenting Education
(FIEP), based in Paris, has issued a call for universal parenting education. "The
questions we ask," say the authors of the call, "is not only, Who raised the young men
who perpetrated these atrocious crimes? but, What social supports were missing from
their parents' lives that could have led them to seek appropriate help for their clearly
troubled sons?"

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According to a TIME/CNN poll January 28, 2013, 37% of respondents put responsibility for
gun violence on 'ways parents raise their children', the same percentage as those who
blame 'influences of pop culture'. Only 23% of respondents blame 'availability of guns'.

Dr. Catherine Bernard, director of SERFAC (Chennai), Mary Crowley, OBE, president of
FIEP (London), and Eve Sullivan, founder of Parents Forum (Cambridge Mass.), with
decades of experience in parenting and family support, wrote this call and invite
individuals and organizations in all sectors of society - business, government and
nonprofit - to support it. [ []]

Strong and loving parent-child relationships, appropriate engagement of parents in their
children's school and social lives and family security all correlate dependably with
positive behaviors in young people. "If societies want to improve parenting, they must
examine and improve how they educate and support parents," Bernard, Crowley and Sullivan

Call for universal parenting education:

On behalf of parents and parenting educators around the world, the International
Federation for Parenting Education calls for a new dedication by individuals,
non-for-profit organisations, businesses and governments to positive support for all

We renew our own strong commitment to parents and others in parenting roles on whom the
children of the world depend. To counteract commercialisation of our lives,
commodification of individuals and deep-rooted, pervasive violence in our communities,
we must support parents in rebuilding foundations of positive values, thought and action
to uphold family life, in diverse forms and across generations. Only by doing this in
both policy and practice can we prepare young people for the healthy, happy and
productive lives that we all want them to achieve.

- Eve Sullivan 
Founder, Parents Forum 
+1-617-864-3802 and cell: 1-617-233-7890,[] 
Cambridge, Massachusetts USA [] 

- Mary Crowley, OBE 
President, IFPE/FIEP[] 
London, England [] 

- Dr. Catherine Bernard 
Founder Director, SERFAC[] 
Chennai, India []

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