D.C. Parent Program Lets 'Wise Elders' Pass On Advice | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

D.C. Parent Program Lets 'Wise Elders' Pass On Advice

Play associated audio

The D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy says you don't have to go it alone, and their Wise Elders program is designed to give new parents the voice of experience.

The idea behind Wise Elders is simple: Allow parents facing the challenges of adolescence a chance to hear from another parent, one who has seen it all before.

"When my daughter was growing up, I didn't have all the answers. My mom certainly had more answers than I did," Eleanor Lauderdale says.

With a 29-year-old daughter who's now a doctor, Lauderdale is certainly qualified to be a Wise Elder, but remembers how much she benefited from her own mother's advice.

Mother of two, Kimberly Smith is looking for the same type of guidance.

"I want to know some of the things that work well and some of the things that don't, so I don't take that road," Smith says.

Wise Elders aims to inspire parents to build a trusting relationship with their kids, and while that might not seem like a direct link to pregnancy prevention, program organizers say you would be amazed at what a difference it makes.

"Most teens want to talk to their own parents about love, sex and relationships so we think it is a really great idea to involve parents every step of the way," says Executive Director Brenda Rhodes Miller.

Wise Elders will meet once a month for the foreseeable future.

CORRECTION: The story originally stated that the executive director for the Wise Elders program was Brenda Rhodes Smith. Her name is Brenda Rhodes Miller. Also, the byline previously attributed this story to Patrick Madden. It was reported by Courtney Collins.

NPR

Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.
NPR

Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that's literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It's just basic food chemistry, folks.
NPR

Big-Spending Democrat Faces Off With Koch Brothers In Campaign Ads

Climate change activist Tom Steyer has become the single biggest supporter of Democrats this election. New FEC filings show he gave his NextGen Climate Action superPAC another $15 million. In ads, NextGen is tying candidates in six Senate races to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.
NPR

Tweet In Hong Kong Puts Kenny G In Jam With Communist Party

The saxophone superstar, hugely popular in mainland China, walked into a mine field in Hong Kong. A selfie with demonstrators sparked a response from the government — and Kenny G took down the tweet.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.