PREPARING FOR YOUR ACTIVE PARENTING
OF TEENS WORKSHOP
Before trying to sell the idea
of parenting education to the community, you need to prepare
yourself for potential questions and concerns. You need to know
what's in it for the parents and their families
and how to convince them to attend. You also need to do some
brainstorming and list potential sponsors, referral sources,
and organizations serving families.
What's in it for parents? Believe it or not, it might be necessary
to convince parents to attend. Most families have busy schedules,
making it difficult for parents to squeeze in one more activity.
Try to schedule the course for a convenient time, offer snacks
and have babysitters, if possible.
Parents may also think they should
already know how to parent, even if they are having problems.
Assure them that the group is there for support and encouragement,
not fault-finding. Emphasize that one benefit of the course is
less stress at home as they learn new ways to handle such
daily problems as temper tantrums, chore wars and homework hassles.
Also point out that the program is a good way to learn communication
skills that will be doubly important in the teen years.
Brainstorming 101: Now that you are prepared to convince
parents to attend your program, you need to come up with a list
of local organizations that have access to your target audience.
Once you have come up with a fairly comprehensive list, you will
be able to begin promoting your program. Use the following list
as a starting point: