Harlandale ISD celebrates Parenting Partners graduation

Harlandale ISD celebrates Parenting Partners graduation
Posted on 04/25/2019

More than 80 Harlandale ISD parents donned graduation gowns and received a diploma for completing the Parenting Partners program on April 18.

The six-week program educated parents on effective parenting techniques to help them contribute to their children’s academic success. They worked alongside Harlandale ISD facilitators and discussed a variety of topics including self-esteem, discipline and motivation.

Harlandale ISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal congratulated the first graduating class of the Parenting Partners program and challenged them to share the skills they learned with more parents.

“If we can get more parents to invest in their children’s education, we can be a stronger community,” Madrigal said.

Graduate Sheila Matamoros became a Parenting Partner to improve the communication with her daughter, who attends Bellaire Elementary. She recalled how her six-year-old child always questioned her every time she had to brush her teeth.

“One day, I was driving her to school, and I asked, ‘Why don’t you brush your teeth?’ She was mad and quiet. She yelled at me and said, ‘Because I hate your toothpaste, it’s minty.’ So, I stayed quiet, and then I understood that it was me that had to ask why.” Matamoros shared. “I appreciate these classes because they made me learn a lot about my daughter.”

The program also inspired graduate Santiago Alvarado to better connect with his children.

“As a father, we are a vital part of our child’s upbringing, and I learned how to emotionally connect with my three children,” he said.

Alvarado has a child in elementary school, one in middle school and an older one attending STEM Early College High School.

“All three of my kids have different needs, and now, I better understand how to act and how to take care of them. I feel that more fathers should take this program to better connect with their children. We are always taught as men to provide for our family. Well, part of that providing is also connecting and nourishing, and this is what I learned through Parenting Partners,” Alvarado concluded.

The program will be offered again next school year. Parents who are interested in participating can call (210) 989-4453.

Way to go, Parenting Partners graduates!

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