Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP)
About This Program
Target Population: Highly stressed families with children ages 0 to 8 years at risk for abuse or neglect
MPAP is a comprehensive curriculum designed to strengthen parenting skills and provide support to highly stressed parents of children from birth to 8 years of age. Grounded in the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework that aims to reduce the potential for child abuse, MPAP helps parents gain the tools to manage their own life challenges while developing skills to nurture the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of their children. MPAP brings parents together to share and normalize their parenting experiences, learn about typical early childhood development and parenting strategies, and develop a support network.
Parents meet in two-hour interactive discussion sessions for 12 weeks in small groups, facilitated by professional parent educators. Topics range from self-care to child development and dealing with challenging behaviors.
Haga de la Paternidad un Placer is a culturally adapted, Spanish-language version of Make Parenting a Pleasure for Spanish speaking families.
The goals of Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) are:
- Improve overall parent functioning
- Improve positive parenting behaviors such as:
- Knowledge of child development
- Knowledge of positive discipline practices
- Knowledge of practices supporting children’s cognitive development
- Improve perceived stress
- Improve psychological well-being
- Improve family functioning
- Improve parenting self-efficacy
- Improve development of social support networks
The essential components of Make Parenting A Pleasure (MPAP) include:
- A group-based facilitated model:
- 13-session program
- 10-15 families per group
- Facilitated discussion-focused group sessions led by professional Parent Educators or other professionals
- Structured and detailed modulated guide
- Road-tested experiential activities and homework assignments with next-session feedback to reinforce concepts and skills
- Adaptability and universality of program enabling curriculum to be culturally responsive to diverse populations
- Culturally reviewed and adapted to reflect and respect diverse families across race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, age, and geographic location
- DVD with video clips used for conversation starters to enhance discussion and meeting flow
- Facilitator’s booklets with icons to identify key concepts, session agendas, and meeting material requirements
- Parent booklets and reproducible handouts
- Forms for tracking attendance and collecting feedback with Parent Evaluation forms
- Protective Factors Framework to strengthen families with key topics:
- Self-care, including identifying community resources
- Stress and anger management including identifying sources and symptoms
- Understanding child development including developmental stages and potential delays
- Positive discipline including specific techniques, exercises to practice techniques, and dealing with challenging behaviors
- Communication skills including verbal, nonverbal, and listening skills
- Curriculum linguistically and culturally adapted for Spanish speakers called Haga de la Paternidad un Placer:
- Reviewed by experts in family research and culture
- Used with families representing cultures from 9 countries of origin
Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:
- Highly stressed families at risk for abuse and neglect, teen parent, poverty, unemployed or underemployed, struggling with addiction, homeless, immigrant isolated by language and culture, and life circumstances that increase risk for abuse and neglect and their children at risk for school failure
2-hour weekly meeting
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Community Agency
- Community Daily Living Settings
Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) includes a homework component:
Homework assignments with next-session feedback reinforce concepts and skills, (e.g., developing personal anger management plan, practicing active listening, etc.)
Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) has materials available in a language other than English:
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:
Parent Educator or other professional facilitator, room with chairs for 10-12 participants to sit comfortably, A/V for DVD, white board or pad, copier for handouts and, ideally, a separate space for a fully staffed childcare component
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
Parent Educator experience or Bachelor’s or Master’s level degrees in early childhood education, education, social work, public health, psychology, or related field or related experience; familiarity with curriculum or Parenting Now! Parent Educator Training desirable
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.
- Mika Singer
phone: (866) 310-4601
Training is obtained:
The training is offered several times a year at Parenting Now! in Eugene, OR. Training is also available on request onsite. Fees and other costs are associated with the training.
Number of days/hours:
2 days, 8 hours/per day
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.
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP).
Alvarado, R., Kendall, K., Beesley, S., & Lee-Cavaness, C. (Eds.). (2000). Strengthening Americas Families: Model family programs for substance abuse and delinquency prevention. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah.
Collins, C. L., & Fetsch, R. J. (2012, August). A review and critique of 16 major parent education programs. Journal of Extension, 50(4).
Swartz, L., Seeley, J., Gau, J., Singer, M., & Schroeder, S. Results from a randomized control trial of a parenting intervention for highly-stressed families: Make Parenting A Pleasure. Retrieved from https://parentingnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MPAP-Evaluation-Results3_1_2016.pdf
- Lynne Swartz, MPH
- Agency/Affiliation: Parenting Now!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (541) 484-5316
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2016
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2016