Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Highly stressed families with children ages 0 to 8 years at risk for abuse or neglect

Brief Description

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.

Program Goals:

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

Contact Information

Lynne Swartz, MPH
Agency/Affiliation: Parenting Now!
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