PAREDOS' Mission

Parent Education for Development in Barbados

Mission Statement

PAREDOS' mission is to promote sound, harmonious family life in Barbados through education and effective parenting. PAREDOS' goal is to strengthen family life in Barbados and thus produce well-adjusted citizens, harmonious communities, and a well-developed nation.


It is clear that the family is the basic building block of society and the primary agent of socialisation. Unfortunately, the family is not always the perfect, loving and safe institution that it is supposed to be.

In Barbados, social relationships have undergone rapid change. Weakened links between parents and their children, teachers and pupils and between families and communities have lead to deterioration in the abilities of parents and professionals to exercise effective control and discipline. Reports show an increase in the number of reported cases of violence and disruptive behaviours in our society.

More than 80% of PAREDOS' clients have adolescents who exhibit disruptive behaviours such as fighting, stealing, and rebellion. These undesirable behaviours have resulted in conflicts between adolescents and their peers, parents, and teachers. (PAREDOS Report, 1997).

Reports also show poor parenting skills, ineffective communication and inadequate problem solving techniques as significant indicators of parent-adolescent conflicts (PAREDOS Report, 1998).

This weakening of control presents a challenge to parents who are strict disciplinarians and those who have unrealistic expectations of their children/adolescents.

#4 St. Clair Gardens, Perry Gap. Roebuck Street
St. Michael, Barbados
Telephone: (246) 427-2777
Fax: (246) 427-0212