My Approach To Supporting Parents
Why is Parenting Education more important than ever?
“Parent education strengthens families by providing relevant, effective education and support and encouraging an optimal environment for the healthy growth and development of parents/caregivers and children.” (National Parenting Education Network)
Many parents are raising children in a different world from that in which they were raised. This includes having children at an older age; dual income households; more single-parents; and of course, technology. There are so many new opportunities and challenges.
Additionally, many parents are looking to develop a parenting style that is consistent with their current beliefs and values. This may represent a departure from their own childhood experience or an opportunity to build upon it. New times demand new ways of learning parenting skills and using them.
Today, all parents find themselves in situations where they wonder what to do and where to turn for answers. Parenting education provides a roadmap and guidance through all the years of the parenting journey.
Source: Parent Encouragement Program (http://pepparent.org)
As a former teacher, my emphasis tends to be on finding patterns, establishing predictable responses, and determining which variables we can control and which ones we cannot. Perhaps this bend differentiates me from other practitioners because it means that clients problem-solve with me in the concrete and the present rather than in the abstract and the past.
Having trained at The Beck Institute in Philadelphia on the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and being a certified Positive Discipline Educator, my background provides me with the underpinnings necessary to help adults make the changes they desire.