T.J. and Erica's Story
Parents of two-year-old twins, T.J. Rice and Erica Drake wanted to become better parents and strengthen their family.
“We knew what kind of parents we wanted to be, but we just needed some direction,” recalls T.J.
The couple enrolled in Incredible Years, a parenting class focusing on emotional regulation, positive discipline and social interaction, offered by Community Action Project (CAP) of Tulsa and Family and Children’s Services.
“We’ve been able to develop a mutually respectful relationship among the four of us,” Erica says. “It’s helped us channel our love in a way that’s productive.”
The twins, Ava and Sophia, enjoy child care while their parents attend class.
T.J. and Erica also are enrolled in other family classes, including the Learning at Home program, in which CAP parent educators visit the home, teaching parents to be their child’s first teacher.
“We had been reading books about parenting, but needed something more,” Erica says.
All classes are offered free of charge to those who qualify.
A teacher by trade, Erica is staying at home to care for the twins and T.J. works as a certified scrub technician at Hillcrest Medical Center.
“The classes have taught us to form better relationships with everyone, not just our children,” Erica says.