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Parenting education gains momentum

by Michael Popkin, Ph.D.
Founder and President, Active Parenting Publishers

I was pleased to read that our cousins “across the pond” in the United Kingdom are embracing parenting education in a big way by proposing universal access to all families.

Reading Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech on the matter, I was relieved that he added, “In the end, getting parenting and the early years right isn’t just about the hardest-to-reach families. Frankly, it’s about everyone.”

This is what I have been saying for years, and the good news is that more and more communities are putting parenting programs in place throughout the world—for parents of all circumstances.

Right here in the US, we were excited to learn that CARE of Southeastern Michigan, an organization that has been doing parenting courses for over 30 years, recently switched from another very good parenting program to Active Parenting. Some of the reasons they gave include:

  • Our parenting model, which has been proven effective in millions of families for decades—with evidence to back it up.
  • Active Parenting has kept up-to-date with important new topics like bullying, technology, and drug use.
  • The way we have integrated new science about brain development into our curriculums.
  • The variety of programs: parenting teens, parenting younger children, and even parenting after divorce.

The bottom line? “I’m excited,” said Teresa Sandner, parent education program and conference coordinator for CARE. “I think people are going to see how updated it is and it will draw them to take these classes.”

I really like her last statement, because no matter how much research you have, if it isn’t attractive to parents, nothing else matters.

So, here’s to the good work you do, and the families you do it for. And together, let’s keep the momentum going!


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