The Ubuntu Parenting Workshops is a series of six, 90-minute workshops that engage parents in a social learning environment designed to foster effective parenting skills and implement healthful parenting, sleep, nutrition, and physical activity routines into their lives. Parents act as important role models during early childhood as children are forming healthy eating and physical activity behaviors, which can last throughout their lifetime.
The Ubuntu Parenting Workshops build upon growing evidence that proficiency in general parenting skills is required to implement effective behavioral methods to promote health in early childhood. Unlike traditional nutrition and physical activity education programs, this curriculum focuses on the “how to” of creating healthful lifestyle changes and overcoming barriers to such change. Each workshop couples behavior-based, parent skill-building with nutrition and physical activity education, emphasizing simple key concepts to try at home.
The workshop series is designed using the Social Learning Theory framework, an evidence-based approach with demonstrated effectiveness in enhancing parenting skills. The overall goal of the Ubuntu Parenting Workshops is to establish lifelong healthful habits and lifestyles during early childhood through parent skill-building and actionable nutrition and physical activity education.