Make Parenting A Pleasure® Second Edition

$1,199.00

Nationally recognized, group-based curriculum for parenting educators serving highly stressed parents of children 0-8.

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
  • 2 flash drives, each containing 9 videos that serve as conversation starters
  • Parent evaluation materials

Make Parenting A Pleasure, Second Edition is a nationally recognized, group-based curriculum for parenting educators serving highly stressed parents of children 0-8. Evidenced-based and research-informed, a recent clinical trial found that MPAP participants improved symptoms of parental depression, improved parenting skills and knowledge of child development.

Make Parenting A Pleasure is grounded in the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Protective Factors Framework: parental resilience; social connections; concrete support in times of need; knowledge of parenting and child development; and social and emotional competence of children. These five factors are associated with reducing the potential for child abuse and neglect.

2019 paper in Child and Family Behavior Therapy describes the results of a clinical trial of Make Parenting A Pleasure with highly stressed families. Promising outcomes included improvement of self-reported symptoms of parental depression and improved parenting skills and knowledge of child development.

The Second Edition aligns with Head Start Performance Standards 1302.51, Parent activities to promote child learning and development, and is listed as both a research- and evidence-based curriculum in their Parenting Curricula Review Databases.

The Second Edition is updated with a fully reconfigured presentation of content and new videos supporting the new formatting. 

The curriculum is built on a foundation of more than 35 years of experience in working with highly-stressed families with 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 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
  • 2 flash drives, each containing 9 videos that serve as conversation starters
  • Parent evaluation materials

Key Features

Educator Guide

The Parenting Educator Guide describes the theoretical framework of the curriculum, along with principles of adult learning. 

Experiential Learning

Each of the 12 sessions includes discussion, script, and parent activities. Concepts carry forward from session to session, to assist in practicing skills. Accompanying videos model skills taught.

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Evidence-Based

The curriculum has been field-tested in each phase of development. Research and evidence-based, Make Parenting A Pleasure has been proven effective in increasing protective factors in a randomized controlled trial.

Key Topics Have Been Expanded in the Second Edition

 

  • Parents identify and discuss “Barriers” they may encounter
  • Parents identify the values and goals they want for their child, as they “pack their child’s suitcase”
  • Parents learn to support their children's emotional development through emotion coaching
  • Parents learn to strengthen the parent-child relationship with “Positive Attention Through Play”
  • Parents learn about current brain development information and the “Effect of Stress” on child development
  • Parents use Home Practice Cards to reinforce skill-building

"The first thing I noticed about the Second Edition was how easy it is to get the families talking about each topic. Throughout the series, families tell me they already see results in their children’s behavior from using strategies they are learning. 

One of the sessions explores communication and teaching children what TO DO instead of telling them what NOT to do. A Mom told us her daughter was about to walk through a wet spot on the carpet, and her father said 'Don’t walk on that!' Mom said she could see that her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter could not figure out what to do instead. Mom then told her daughter, 'Walk around the wet spot, this way,' and the child responded correctly. The mom said it was an epiphany!" -- Hali Burley, MPAP Parenting Educator with Parenting Now

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