Love and Logic

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Love and Logic has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Parents, grandparents, teachers, and other caretakers working with children

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 18

Brief Description

The Love and Logic Institute, Inc., developed training materials designed to teach educators and parents how to experience less stress while helping young people learn the skills required for success in today’s world. This approach is called Love and Logic and is based on the following two assumptions:

  • That children learn the best lessons when they're given a task and allowed to make their own choices (and fail) when the cost of failure is still small; and
  • That the children's failures must be coupled with love and empathy from their parents and teachers.

This model has been used by parents and teachers and has been applied to a wide range of situations.

Program Goals:

The overall goal of Love and Logic is:

  • Help parents avoid negative interactions with their children that lead to neglect and abuse

Essential Components

The essential components of Love and Logic include:

  • All of the Love and Logic programs are based on the following four principles, which are designed to enhance the relationship between the adult and the child:
    • Build the Self-Concept: Help children feel good about themselves.
    • Share the Control: Give children choices that do not cause problems for others.
    • Provide the Empathy: Provide a strong dose of empathy before delivering consequences.
    • Share the Thinking: Allow the child to think and solve their own problems.
  • Parents and teachers are taught new skills in a group setting to deal with the children in a calmer way:
    • Adults set limits without anger, lectures, threats or repeated warnings and instead use enforceable statements.
    • When children cause problems, adults hand these problems back in loving ways by replacing anger and lectures with a strong dose of empathy.
  • Parents, teachers, or other caregivers are required to purchase of at least one of the core programs:
    • 9 Essential Skills for the Love and Logic Classroom
    • Parenting the Love and Logic Way
    • Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun

Parent/Caregiver Services

Love and Logic directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:

  • Anger in response to their child's behavior

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Community Daily Living Settings
  • Religious Organization
  • School

Homework

This program does not include a homework component.

Languages

Love and Logic has materials available in a language other than English:

Spanish

For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • One instructor
  • TV monitor or projector compatible with laptop
  • DVD player or laptop with USB port
  • Space large enough to hold the number of participants

Minimum Provider Qualifications

There are no minimum qualifications for parents or teachers who implement this program, aside from reading one of the core programs.

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

Onsite

Number of days/hours:

3-6 days, all day workshops

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Love and Logic.

References

Fay, C. (2005). Effects of the Becoming a Love and Logic Parent training program on parents’ perceptions of their children’s behavior and their own parental competence: A preliminary investigation. Retrieved from www.loveandlogic.com/pdfs/research_data_bllp.pdf

Contact Information

Name: Tim Cole
Agency/Affiliation: Love and Logic Institute, Inc.
Website: www.loveandlogic.com
Email:
Phone: (800) 338-4065
Fax: (800) 455-7557

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2007