Now you can have a Practical Parenting study group in your community.
One of the best ways to learn parenting skills is for a group of parents to study the principles, philosophy, and skills together. That way, you have the benefit of the experiences and views of other parents, as well as the encouragement and support of people who are going through the same challenges as you. It’s called a study group. A great thing about study groups is that you don’t need a trained educator or parenting expert – something that many small communities would be hard pressed to come across. All you need is someone who cares enough about helping other families to initiate a group. The materials contained in the Practical Parenting Study Guide Kit (our book Practical Parenting, plus the accompanying study guide and e-mail support) provide all of the expert information you need, written in a practical and easy to follow style. You don’t need an expert because the book is the expert. Helping to organize and facilitate a Parent Talk Study Group can be your way to take action in your community through a church group, mother’s group, school, day care center, or just among friends. Our Study Group kit with e-mail backup contains all you need. And the four to six-week program can be held anywhere from a synagogue or daycare center to a library, school or even your own home, keeping the costs down to almost nothing.
Although Parent Study Groups do not rely on experts, study groups do need a leader to ensure that everyone learns. This is where you, the facilitator comes in. The facilitator has an important, yet simple role. They make sure that the group stays focused and does not become a complaint session or merely a support group. The facilitator ensures that each participant has an equal opportunity to talk, ask questions, and most importantly that the group remains on topic. Remember, the book provides the theory, and answers to questions and the facilitator simply helps the group use the resources at hand and keep the learning on track. We also provide you with a specially written facilitator’s study guide, plus email support if you have any special questions or concerns.
Who Can Be a Facilitator?
In short, anyone with a desire to learn and help other parents can be a facilitator. You do not need any special training or knowledge, you just need to familiarize yourself with the facilitator study guide and you’re off to the races.
Study Group Materials
Each Kit contains one copy of the national best selling book Practical Parenting: A Common Sense Guide to Raising Cooperative, Self-Reliant and Loving Children, and one copy of the accompanying Practical Parenting Study Guide.
1. Practical Parenting Book
Chapters in Practical Parenting include:
• Influences on the personality
• The four goals of uncooperative behavior Encouragement and discouragement
• What’s wrong with punishment and rewards
• Natural and logical consequences Communication techniques
• How to set up and run a family meeting Problem solving and conflict resolution
(Please note that we have copies of Practical Parenting that have been translated into Chinese and Farsi.
2. The Practical Parenting Study Guide
The Practical Parenting Study Guide gives you step-by-step, easy to follow directions that will take you through each of the chapters in Practical Parenting for the four to eight sessions of your study group. Discussion topics, questions, group and home activities are included as well as an evaluation at the end of each session to provide you with constructive feedback.
Chapters in the Study Guide include:
• The democratic family Tips on group dynamics
• The different parenting styles
• Why kids misbehave
• How to be an encouraging parent Conducting a mock family meeting
The cost of each Parent Talk Study Group Kit (which includes one text book, one study guide and free e-mail support) costs $40.00 plus shipping and handling (applicable taxes included) per participant.