You’ve heard me say this before: Parent training is important. It’s not just my opinion either. A report from Child & Family Blog* verifies my opinion, and they have the research to prove it. Here’s an excerpt from their report:
Parenting programs offer multiple, cost-effective opportunities to transform children’s prospects in profound and lasting ways, often for the rest of their lives.
This conclusion is based on our review of randomized trials of 22 parenting programs, including two programs that we have developed, that assessed effects from three to fifteen years later. One of the most surprising findings from this review is that the benefits of parenting programs are not restricted to parenting in the first three years of life. Indeed most of these programs strengthened parenting of children in middle childhood and adolescence. The review examined programs that supported parents tackling a range of issues, including helping their children deal with difficulties arising at elementary and high school levels, including avoiding drug abuse and high-risk sexual behavior. Some programs also helped parents who are dealing with extraordinary challenges such divorce, bereavement, poverty, racism and parental depression.
The programs teach parents a wide range of skills, such as increasing positive interactions, communication, discipline, and talking with their children about the risk of drug abuse. The outcomes for children ranged from less aggressive behavior, fewer depressive symptoms and improved school grades to enhanced self-esteem and better concentration.
You may think that parent training is just for ‘broken’, distressed or impoverished families. It’s tempting to think that your family is just fine, and then ignore the opportunities for improvement through parent training. No one can force you to attend or learn from a parent training event, but as one who raised three children, and didn’t get much training for that job, I advise you to take the opportunity to get some parent training.
You only have one shot at parenting. Your kids will grow up and be on their own sooner than you can imagine. So make the most of this wonderful opportunity—for your benefit and theirs.
*Child & Family Blog is a research-based blog originated by a number of prestigious universities, including Cambridge and Princeton. The article quoted above is available at https://childandfamilyblog.com/parenting-programs/
Dr. Forrest E. Watson