-Common Sense Parenting-
Common Sense Parenting (CSP) is an application of the Girls and Boys Town Family Home Program to family settings. It is a skill-based, practical parenting program that applies to every situation. The program’s logical strategies and easy-to-learn techniques address issues of communication, discipline, decision-making, family relationships, self-control and school success.
Common Sense Parenting has been researched and used by many schools, human service organizations and communities to help parents develop skills to improve their children’s behavior. Parents at 25 Air Force bases participated in a collaborative child physical abuse prevention project designed by the USAF Family Advocacy Program and Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home. Participants attended the Boys Town Common Sense Parenting program as part of a comprehensive prevention effort. Parents reported decreased child behavior problems, improved relationships with family members, and reduced risk for child physical abuse after attending parenting sessions. Between 19 and 30 percent of the parents also reported significant improvement in the areas assessed using Jacobson’s Reliable Change Index. Implications for prevention of child physical abuse and future
The stated goals of the training are as follows:
Reported outcomes from learning these valuable techniques, based on past workshops, are:
The CSP Program consists of seven, two and a half hour, weekly sessions. A trained and experienced presenter from Teaching-Family Homes of Upper Michigan facilitates the sessions and utilizes training techniques that consist of extensive role-playing, video and live demonstrations and support materials. (I.e. manuals, worksheets, small group activities) Due to the training techniques utilized, class size is limited to a maximum of ten (12) participants.
Sessions typically are held on a weekday evening and are conducted in a community building such as a church, school building or conference room of a centrally located motel.
At the end of the program, participants are presented with a certificate of completion and the last session is reserved for wrap-up, post evaluation and a social time including refreshments.
Being a parent can be extremely challenging, no matter how old your children are. One of the many ways Teaching Family Homes, in partnership with the Promising Futures Collaborative, supports parents in their efforts is by offering Common Sense Parenting classes. In keeping with Parenting Awareness Month, Teaching Family Homes will be conducting a Common Sense Parenting Class.
The Common Sense Parenting Classes cover such topics as giving clear messages, giving appropriate consequences, using effective praise, teaching self-control, developing social skills, and helping children succeed. Meeting on a weekly basis, for six weeks, participants are able to learn these skills and then apply them to their own families. Much is learned, not only from the teacher, but also from the other parents attending.
For more information regarding future trainings or workshops, contact Steve Rudness at: (906)249-5437 or contact us by e-mail.