Make Parenting A Pleasure - Second Edition

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Make Parenting A Pleasure - Second Edition


Make Parenting a Pleasure®, Parenting Now!'s flagship program, is a research- and evidence-based group curriculum for highly-stressed parents of children from 0 to 8 years old. The Second Edition is revised with a fully reconfigured presentation of content and new videos supporting the new formatting.

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Parenting Now! is proud to announce that Make Parenting A Pleasure® is listed as both a research- and evidence-based curriculum on the newly-issued Parenting Curricula Review Databases found on the Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center. This database is the result of a project conducted by the National Center of Parent Family Community Engagement and completed with researchers from the Brazelton Touchpoint Center and the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver. The database contains reviews of almost 30 parenting education and home-visiting curricula and their relevance and alignment with Head Start Performance standards.

A recent white paper issued in 2016 describes the study results of an evaluation of Make Parenting A Pleasure with highly stressed families. The outcomes indicate that Make Parenting A Pleasure is effective in improving several of the protective factors that are shown to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development and the social and emotional competence of children. Read the complete report here.


Make Parenting A Pleasure - Second Edition is a research- and evidence-based group parenting curriculum by Parenting Now! built on a foundation of more than 40 years of experience in working with highly-stressed families with children ages newborn to 8. Make Parenting A Pleasure - Second Edition was fully evaluated demonstrating that the new 12-session configuration was both effective and well-received by parenting educators and parents when classes were conducted within a real-world context.

The Second Edition reorders presentation of the contents of the original Make Parenting A Pleasure, which we still make available to the hundreds of organizations that have trained on this version of the curriculum. The Second Edition streamlines the original 13 sessions for delivery in 12 sessions. It contains updated and additional child development information and features current video content that supports the newly-configured curriculum format.

Each of the 12 sessions is fully scripted, with discussion, activities, or practice for parents to share what they know about each topic as it is introduced. This curriculum emphasizes skill practice at home with Home Practice Cards, which are provided to parents. Throughout the Second Edition, parents are encouraged to practice newly learned skills with concepts carried forward from session to session. Session content is tightly refined and scripted to ensure that it can be completely presented in a 2 hour session.

In addition to the key topics included in the original Make Parenting A Pleasure, the Second Edition includes:

  • Devotion of time in each session for parents to identify and discuss “Barriers” they encounter
  • Focus on “Values and Goals”, which research indicates is a critical issue in parent education
  • Identifying what parents value for their children – an exercise to identify what parents want to pack in their child’s “Suitcase”
  • Connecting with children and strengthen relationships through “Play”
  • Presentation of new brain development information about the “Effect of Stress” on child development

Make Parenting A Pleasure - Second Edition 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 - Second Edition aligns with Head Start Performance Standards (1302.51 Parent activities to promote child learning and development).


The 12-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.

Sample Content


Make Parenting A Pleasure - Second Edition includes:

  • 12 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
  • ## short videos on DVD that serve as conversation starters (3 copies)
  • Parent evaluation materials

Learn about the culturally adapted, Spanish-language version!

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