Make Parenting A Pleasure Curriculum
Make Parenting A Pleasure Curriculum
Make Parenting a Pleasure®, Parenting Now!'s flagship program, is an evidence-based group curriculum for highly stressed parents of children from 0 to 8 years old.
Make Parenting A Pleasure® has been listed on the Parenting Curricula Review Databases found on the Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center as both a research- and evidence-based curriculum.
A new study white paper issued January, 2016 demonstrates that Make Parenting A Pleasure is effective in improving outcomes for stressed families, assisting highly stressed families in improving protective factors that are associated with reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect, such as parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development and the social and emotional competence of children. This study was a randomized clinical trial, with a wait-list control condition involving a sample of 59 matched participants with children aged birth to 8 years of age. Read the complete report here.
Make Parenting A Pleasure is an evidence-based group parenting curriculum built on a foundation of more than 35 years of experience by Parenting Now! in working with highly-stressed families raising children ages newborn to 8. Make Parenting A Pleasure’s prior evaluations demonstrate efficacy in reducing parent stress and addressing the Protective Factors shown to reduce the potential for child abuse. Thousands of families have completed Make Parenting A Pleasure groups.
Make Parenting A Pleasure addresses key topics including:
- Self care
- Stress and anger management
- Understanding child development
- Communication skills
- Positive discipline
Designed by parenting educators for parenting educators, Make Parenting A Pleasure's facilitated approach to parent education helps parents achieve their goals for their families and respects the diversity of those goals. Parenting educators give the program high marks for its ease-of-use.
Make Parenting A Pleasure is group-based. Its curriculum is modularized into discrete sessions, contained within separate facilitator booklets, to enable organizations to offer multiple groups using a single set of materials.
Make Parenting A Pleasure aligns with Head Start Performance Standards (1302.51 Parent activities to promote child learning and development).
The 13-session turn-key program is discussion-focused. Sessions are straightforward and comprehensive, with clear step-by-step instructions to the parenting educator that enables the implementation of the program without a training requirement. While many organizations use Make Parenting A Pleasure without formal training, parenting educators will greatly benefit from the trainings and training support services provided by Parenting Now!. Scheduled trainings are listed here and information on additional training services can be viewed here.
Make Parenting A Pleasure is designed to utilize a conversational process which respects the skills of the parent educator, empowers families, and can be adapted to suit a wide range of environments and populations to maximally improve outcomes. The parent educator acts as a guide to help the families discover unrealized parenting knowledge. This approach raises the confidence of parents as they discover that they already possess the capabilities necessary to achieve their family goals.
Each session’s module booklet is formatted with icons that guide the parent educator, identify key concepts, session agendas, and meeting materials requirements. Reproducible parent handouts are provided, along with forms for tracking attendance, collecting feedback, etc. The curriculum comes with 3 copies of our DVD, containing video clips that act as conversation starters to enhance discussion and meeting flow.
Make Parenting A Pleasure includes:
- 13 modules formatted with icons identifying key concepts, session agendas, and meeting shopping list
- Facilitator's guide makes it easy to stay on task
- 15 parent booklets with reproducible handouts
- 15 parent graduation certificates. Print files provided to produce additional certificates
- 10 short videos on DVD that serve as conversation starters(3 copies)
- Parent evaluation materials