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October 2011
 

Welcome to Leader Online, an e-newsletter for Active Parenting leaders and educators. Here you'll find ideas to make your job a little easier. Are you a "leader in action"? Please share your tips, photos, or success stories by sending a note to our marketing team.

Active Parenting leader in action: Mirta Sanchez


Mirta presenting at the Active Parenting Training of Trainers
 

by Mirta Sanchez

It's been almost twenty years since I first heard about the Active Parenting program. At the time I was working as a Program Coordinator for a Navy Family Service Center and my boss had spent "end of the year" funds on all sorts of materials and programs. My job was to review all the materials and recommend only programs that met the needs of the service members and their families. Needless to say, I immediately fell in love with Active Parenting. When compared with other parenting programs; AP was innovative, interactive, and gave parents the opportunity to internalize the information; practice at home the concepts studied in class and model behaviors, which incorporated the changes they wanted to see in their children.

Back then I was struggling to offer this program in creative ways that would allow the military and their families as many options as possible so that they could make it part of their daily routines. I offered the program as a "lunch 'n' learn," as an after hours program at the schools, and I was even able to include segments of the program as part of the military members' deployment and transition training. Back then I was struggling to offer this program in creative ways that would allow the military and their families as many options as possible so that they could make it part of their daily routines. I offered the program as a "lunch 'n' learn," as an after hours program at the schools, and I was even able to include segments of the program as part of the military members' deployment and transition training. I later realized that the Active Parenting program could be offered using different modalities without affecting its content and to different groups of parents; I also started conducting parenting classes at my church.

I found that all parents needed support and information on how to improve communication with their children offered in a safe non-threatening environment. They quickly learned that this program gave them the opportunity to discuss communication, discipline, and the pros and cons of punishment and rewards without negative repercussions and that the new skills developed would improve their parenting skills.

One of the things that never ceased to amaze me was the overwhelming response from parents to participate and learn, learn, learn. I believe this has to do with the format the program uses and how well Dr. Michael H. Popkin uses the activities, discussions and videos to help parents understand that the purpose of parenting is "to protect and prepare our children to survive and thrive in the kind of society in which they live".

I am now looking forward to taking the program to Spanish-speaking communities in Central Florida and Puerto Rico. A few weeks ago, I met with the Assistant Bishop of the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico to introduce the program to her and she could immediately see the benefit and advantage of offering AP in Puerto Rico. We specifically discussed the need for parent education in the Hispanic community for parents, teenage parents and grandparents raising grandchildren as well. We are currently working on strategies to roll out the program in Puerto Rico that includes a marketing plan which will introduce providers, church community and parents to the program; conducting parenting classes and preparing leaders to train parents.

A Chinese proverb comes to mind: "One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade." As a parent, a grandmother, and an educator, I am passionate and totally committed to helping develop thru parenting education the society in which my grandchildren will live; and I truly feel that this program will allow me the privilege to improve the lives of the families it touches.

Mirta Sanchez is president of I AM DAPS, LLC, and a Bilingual Independent Contract Trainer. She travels nationwide to provide onsite training. She specializes in the area of leadership, communication, teambuilding, diversity, human capital, supervision and management, time management, etc.



Did you know? We have free reproducible articles and posters available for you

Need some parenting information for your newsletter or web site? Dr. Popkin has created a series of interesting articles that you are welcome to reproduce free of charge. There are also a couple of pretty mini-posters available to print and hand out. To see the full list of articles, just go to the "For Leaders" section of our web site.

   

 

Video samples now ready to view

We've been adding samples from our most popular videos to the Active Parenting YouTube channel. At left is a clip from the very popular Families Talk About...Wise Words on Discipline video. Click on the image to view the clip, or visit our YouTube channel for many minutes of free entertainment.