Raising Happy Children (RHC)

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About This Program

Target Population: Any parent, but especially high-risk families such as families in the Head Start programs, parents involved with Child Protective Services, grandparents raising grandchildren, adoptive/foster parents, and stepparents

Brief Description

RHC consists of 1) parenting classes available online or on DVD, 2) outlines to help parents follow the lecture, and 3) optional telephone consultations are available for parents who want one-on-one help with their particular situation.

RHC parenting classes are designed for any parent, anywhere. Any parent can easily access the classes via DVD or Internet from home or office. The classes also work especially well for parents who have difficulty reading, as very little reading is required. Parents hear a lecture and follow a PowerPoint presentation. The parenting concepts taught are effective, yet simple and easy to apply, even for parents with lower intelligence or education. RHC classes are also convenient for fathers and working mothers, as the classes are available any time of day or night. Online quizzes ensure that parents actually completed the classes and learned the concepts.

Family courts may mandate parents to take RHC classes in cases of child protection, juvenile probation, and divorce or custody suits. Certificates of Completion are available for court or other agencies.

There are seven classes in the RHC series. Each is about one hour and 15 minutes in length. The first class pertains to parents of any aged children. Classes 2-4 are designed for parents of 2-12 year olds, classes 5-7 for parents of 12-18 year olds.

Program Goals:

The goals of Raising Happy Children (RHC) are:

  • Increase parent-child attachment and nurturing
  • Increase accurate parental knowledge of child development
  • Increase parental knowledge of age-appropriate child behavior
  • Increase parental knowledge of and use of positive, effective discipline techniques that maintain or improve the parent child relationship
  • Increase parental involvement and influence in their children’s and teen’s lives
  • Decrease family arguing and conflict
  • Decrease behavior problems
  • Decrease incidence of disciplining while angry

Contact Information

Nathalie Kretzmann, MS
Agency/Affiliation: Kretzmann Family Consulting
Website: www.parentingonline.org/courses
Phone: (208) 983-1620
Fax: (208) 983-2448

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2016