This series of classes will introduce parents to skills needed for responsive, positive parenting. This approach to responsive parenting teaches the skills of calming the body while awakening the whole mind. The application of these skills will assist the parent in moving from reactive behavior to responsive behavior. They will be introduced to communication styles based on different ways of taking in information and making decisions. They will learn positive approaches in the use of language, non-verbal behavior and physical touch. The parent finds the safe place within him/herself and learns to create a safe and nurturing environment for his/her child. Participants will identify mentors and learned behaviors from the family of origin. Parents will begin to discern between constructive and destructive parenting behaviors learned from family, extended family and community models. They will begin to create a personal model of parenting from mentors and models, as well as from their own experience and learning. They will identify specific parenting goals and write an action plan.
- Introduce participants to the skills of self-quieting, self-awareness and self-regulation; the foundation of responsive, positive behavior.
- Begin to teach participants the skills of mental training necessary to develop habits of positive thinking and positive mental imagery applied to parenting.
- Introduce participants to communication and decision-making styles based on different ways of taking in information and making decisions applied to parenting.
- Introduce participants to positive approaches in the use of language, non-verbal behavior and touch.
- Help participants find the safe and calm place within her/himself so that she/he can begin to provide a safe and nurturing place for the child.
- Introduce participants to family scripts; learn to discern constructive and destructive patterns.
- Begin to develop a personal model of responsible parenting from other models and their own experience and learning.
- Develop specific goals to improve parenting and and an action plan to implement the goals.
- Eight sessions of 1 to 1.5 hours
- Small groups of 6-12 participants
Topics of each session:
- Teach mental training; using positive thoughts and positive mental imagery. Apply the skills of self-quieting and self-awareness to responsive parenting.
- Learn to identify and take responsibility for specific problem areas through use of positive language, mutually respectful listening and sharing.
- Introduce communication styles based on different ways of taking in information (Sensing & Intuiting); application to parenting situations.
- Introduce communication styles based on different ways of making decisions (Thinking & Feeling); application to parenting situations.
- Find the safe place within; creating a safe and nurturing environment for the child
- Identify mentors and models for parenting (constructive/destructive) using a genogram or simple family tree. Begin to identify family patterns in parenting.
- Learn to discern constructive and destructive behavior patterns from family of origin, other models and current personal experience.
- Begin to create a personal model of responsive parenting with specific goals and action plan.
Training and program alternatives:
- Training is available for staff and volunteers to acquaint them with the curriculum material and presentation approaches (Recommended training time for this Curriculum is eighteen hours. If personnel have professional background, training time may be less.)
- Follow-up mentoring is recommended for facilitators as they teach their first Positive Parenting Series.
- This Parenting Curriculum can be offered in various formats and time segments
The training material for Positive Parenting is adapted from the Life Weaving Education Curriculum Guide Series by Jude LaClaire, Ph.D. This is a five books series teaching the skills of positive problem solving. There are three professionally recorded audio tapes of guided imagery exercises to accompany the series. For information about Positive Parenting or the Life.