Quality Parenting

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters, and other caretakers who need support - information and practical skills - to create an environment of emotional safety for children in their care that is built upon mutual respect

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 2 – 19

Brief Description

Quality Parenting teaches parents to see with new eyes—to discover that children and teens yearn to be cooperative and responsible; they depend on their parents to help them. Their difficult behavior is actually a cry for help: “Help me find a more effective way to meet my needs.” But parents cannot help their children unless they are well-informed and able to remain calm in the face of stress.

Quality Parenting first introduces foundational material: information about stages of development and children’s natural “smarts,” supporting parents to help their children succeed at school and at home. Through a three-step process parents learn how to recognize when they “lose it,” how to get back to center, and how to model attitudes and skills of mutual respect. As parents learn to prevent and solve problems, they are better prepared to create an emotionally safe environment to support family well-being and growth.

Program Goals:

The goals of Quality Parenting are:

  • Parents will understand their children’s stages of development and how to support their success at each stage
  • Parents will recognize their children’s natural “smarts” and how to work skillfully to help them learn and grow
  • Parents will recognize that they can help their children best by remaining centered themselves
  • Parents will recognize when they “lose it”
  • Parents will know how to get back to center
  • Parents will know how to adopt and model the attitudes and skills of mutual respect, including skills for prevention and problem solving

Contact Information

Ilene Val-Essen, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Quality Parenting
Website: www.QualityParenting.com
Phone: (866) 588-5437
Fax: (310) 839-1614

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2012