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Parenting leader in action Soosi Day reflects on cross-cultural
parent education in Hong Kong
retired in 2001 after 33 years in the field of education. Throughout
my career, parent education has been a passion for me. I have
done thousands of home visits as part of my work over the years
and have taught STEP, Listen So Your Child Will Talk, Raising
Responsible Children, and now, Active Parenting.
2005 I decided I really wasn't ready to retire, so I took a job
as a lower primary counselor at Hong
Kong International School, where I work with families from
all over the world. English is our language of instruction and
our curriculum is based on American-style education.
While here I learned about Active Parenting. We decided to shift
to Active Parenting when we saw the DVDs and read the workbook
for families. Since then we have offered the course four times
a year. I have used it with "parents living in privilege"
from America, Switzerland, mainland China, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands,
France, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Although these
parents have very different cultural backgrounds, they all share
one common interest: wanting to learn more about parenting and
Our groups are typically 8-12 mothers. We offer it at two different
times of the day to accommodate working parents. Recently we have
been encouraging traveling fathers to register for the Active
Parenting online class while their wives take the course!
Talking about the curriculum always includes a necessary
discussion about their own family/cultural values and how to bring
those two elements of parenting closer together without losing
the integrity of their cultures. To make it even more
interesting, many of the parents in my classes are in mixed-culture
marriages and have moved all over the world in their lifetimes.
am relocating to the US soon, and my time at Hong Kong International
School is coming to a close. I plan to resume teaching Active
Parenting in my home community in western Washington state.
For educators working with different cultures, I would like to
recommend some other cross-cultural resources that I find compliment
my work with Active Parenting. One is John Murphy's book Solution-Focused
Counseling in the Schools, and the other is Barbara Schaetti's
work with cross-cultural communication (and problem solving).
Both espouse strategies that fit well with the training process.
Another helpful resource is the Cultural Detective program. It
helps people more clearly recognize and problem-solve around various
cultural value differences to bridge to common values and outcomes.
Along with her work in schools, Soosi Day is also a mother
of one, a stepmother to four, and a grandmother of nine. Three
of her grandchildren are blended-culture children.
to your skills and expand your influence...it all starts at the
Training of Trainers
Learn how to train parenting class leaders at Active Parenting's
Training of Trainers, a mixture of fun and
learning. Three days of vigorous training will help you expand
your professional skills while learning to train new family educators
for your organization and community.
The Training of Trainers will be held in Atlanta July
12-14. You can choose from two tracks of learning: Active
Parenting or Cooperative Parenting
and Divorce. Both tracks provide opportunities to practice
your skills, learn from experienced leaders, and network with
fellow educators. The venue is close to the city and all of its
attractions, so bring your family. Dr. Popkin looks forward to
meeting you in Atlanta this summer!
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Impact on Children
latest pick: family violence awareness videos for parents and
has an in-house resource consultant, Marian Adair, who reviews
hundreds of books and videos each year. Her goal is to find items
to supplement your Active Parenting programming. She reviews each
book or video to be sure the content is in keeping with Active
Parenting principles. This month, Marian would like to point out
a valuable video series:
Violence: Impact on Children, a set of 3 DVDs, is
a call to action for prevention education. The program examines
family violence and its particular impact on children, the members
of the family with the least power who often suffer the most harm.
The focus of Volume 1 is on caregivers and educators, while Volume
2 targets young parents. Volume 3 provides an understanding of
family violence in general and explains the root causes as well
as suggesting prevention, response and treatment approaches. Available
in both English and Spanish, this series has proven to be among
the most popular of the new titles in our catalog this year."
for more information.
(Do you have a favorite parenting resource to recommend? Send
the information to Marian so she can consider it for addition
to our catalog: firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax to 770-429-0334)
Dr. Popkin at the NASAP conference in June
Active Parenting's Dr. Michael Popkin will offer two presentations
at the North
American Society of Adlerian Psychology annual conference
in early June, including "Protecting the Blind Side: How
to Empower Children and Teens through Great Parenting Education."
The Active Parenting model is heavily based upon the theories
of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. Click
to learn more about that (in case you've forgotten what you
learned in Psych 101 back in college!)
and I are two members of a team that works together to serve you.
This month I'd like to shine some light on another one of our
hidden treasures, Work/Life Coordinator Leigh Hammond-Carrillo.
You can see Leigh in Part I of the Online Leader Training Workshop,
where she did an Emmy-worthy job in the role of "parent."
A native of Atlanta, Leigh is a fan of science fiction and doesn't
miss DragonCon each year. Leigh and her husband have a rescue
dog named Aladdin, who is a Pharaoh Hound. Currently one of her
big projects is the upcoming Active Parenting
of Teens online class. "It's going to be great!"
she says. We're grateful for her work on this and all the other
projects. Thanks, Leigh!
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