February is Parent Leadership Month, and we are taking the opportunity to celebrate parents across South Carolina who work to improve the lives of their families, neighbors and communities every day.
Takia S. Daniels is a therapeutic foster parent in Georgetown County. She works as a Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) practitioner and certified community health worker at Tidelands Health in Georgetown.
She recently shared her parenting journey with us.
What’s the best part of being a parent?
The best part of being a parent is being able to show my child and every child that enters my home love, compassion, empathy, and support. I love watching my child follow routines, and seeing him put into action things that we are teaching him makes me feel very proud.
What’s the hardest part of being a parent?
The hardest part of being a parent is not being able to shield my child from negativity and the hurt that this world can sometimes bring. I’m teaching him how to love and be caring to others so he can spread a little of that everywhere he goes.
What’s something you would have told yourself as a new parent?
I would have told myself, “Be patient with your child and yourself. You both will make mistakes as you both learn and grow together.”
How has Triple P influenced your parenting journey?
Triple P has influenced my parenting journey by teaching me new techniques and strategies on how to manage the different types of behaviors that we often see with children in foster care that have trauma, abuse, neglect and other issues.
What’s it been like guiding other parents through their journey using Triple P?
Guiding other parents through their journey has been very rewarding.
Sometimes I have parents who join the seminar and ask, “How do you know this works?” I smile and tell them, “Because I have tried it myself.” I tell them about how I was skeptical at first as well. Them knowing that they are not alone makes them open up a little more and receive the extra support that Triple P can bring to their families. In the end, we are all in this together and it truly takes a village.
Triple P is a parenting support program for parents that provides easy, practical strategies to help caregivers navigate challenges and build healthy relationships with their children.
It is offered in Georgetown County by Tidelands Health, the local coordinating agency of the program, through a grant from Children’s Trust of South Carolina and The Duke Endowment.
Learn more about Triple P in Georgetown.