Parent education presentations: positive and capable
You Can Do It! Education views school-home collaboration as a key for promoting student achievement and social emotional-behavioural well-being. A variety of parent education programs have been developed based on what the research indicates as the actions that parents can take at home that support their children's achievement in school.
21st Century Positive Parent Education
Investing in Parents
The evidence is clear to see. Parent education has a positive impact on parent stress, parent effectiveness and directly impacts children’s achievement and wellbeing.
As such, schools have an important role to play in connecting their parent community to the vast literature on effective parenting through offering regular talks and workshops on different parenting practices.
Investing in Parents is written for those professionals (e.g. school administrators, teachers, mental health practitioners) who have responsibility for strengthening school-home links including increasing parent engagement and involvement in their children’s education.
The topics and content covered in Investing in Parents fall into three categories: positive parents, effective parents, and positive children. The content included in each parent session is based on an extensive study of what international research in the fields of parenting, child development and related fields has discovered about ways that parents socialise and influence their achievement and wellbeing.
The first sessions have a focus on parents, their goals and aspirations, the importance of their self efficacy, parenting styles and their effects on children as well as how to manage stress and be resilient.
- Session 1 – Parenting today: what do you want for your children?
- Session 2 – The parenting style that matters most: ‘Authoritative’
- Session 3 – Avoid common mistakes that parents can make (ineffective parenting)
- Session 4 – Parenting stress management and resilience
The following sessions focus on different parenting practices related to parent-child relationships and cater for their children’s developing interests and different ways they can motivate their children.
- Session 5 – Develop positive relationships with your children
- Session 6 – Be involved in your children’s education
- Part A – Show interest
- Part B – Manage homework
- Part C – Tutor your child
- Part D – Steps to take if your child underachieves
- Session 7 – Provide children responsibility and involved them in decision making
- Session 8 – Provide activities that accommodate children’s interests
- Session 9 – How to motivate your children
The final session deal with how parents can teach their children social-emotional skills and develop character through teaching values and strengths.
- Session 10 – Children’s social-emotional learning at home
- Part A – Positive mindset for achievement (confidence, persistence, organisation)
- Part B – Social skills to get along
- Part C – Resilience
- Session 11 – Character education at home: values and strengths
- Part A – Values of good character
- Part B – Character strengths.
"My husband and I have always worried about the time when Sara became an adolescent – we are coping pretty well with her growing up. We have learned that while we need to loosen the grip, we still need to have our hands on the reigns – so we spend time talking about our expectations about ways to use the internet and who she hangs out with. Investing in Parents has been a rich source of advice – so much practical, common sense.” - Miriam (mother of 16 year old daughter).
"I’m a worry wart by nature – and I worry constantly about my two children when they are at school. I used to go to school whenever I heard about a problem they were having. I’ve learned from YCDI Parents that it is better to trust that my children will be able to solve their issues – and that by not jumping in too quickly, they seem to be more resilient and confident.” - Deborah (mother of 12 year old girl and 9 year old boy).
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