"Because of all the crime we've been having in our community, I knew that
it was time to do something." Gail Diggs with the Aiken City Council says that was her motivation to head the parenthood forum.
Summer brings more free time for school-aged children and undoubtedly more crime -- many of which are committed by teens.
The city of Aiken wants to get to the root of that problem with forums like these, claiming it starts in the home.
Single mother, Christine Gordon, explains that "if the parents don't show that they're concerned or that they have a vested interest in that child, how can we expect more from them?"
Gordon says a parenthood forum is something this community needs to educate parents and their kids. A single mother of three, Gordon says an open line of communication is the first step to better parenting.
"We have to let them know what our standards are and establish our standards early for them in order for them to meet those standards and be successful,"she says.
Event organizer, Gail Diggs, says the goal of the forum is to share the stories of those in similar circumstances who have excelled like retired NFL player, Troy Williamson and boxer, Paul 'the Punisher' Williams.
Diggs says if you find yourself as a single parent or with an out of control teen, don't hesitate to ask for help.
She adds, "I think that's important for people to know to not be embarrassed to reach out but to embrace that assistance."
Gail Diggs says this is the first of several parenting forums to come. We'll continue following those here on News Channel 6.
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