Overview of Program
The nurturance and guidance
(or discipline) of children are the primary tasks of parents.
One of the most perplexing aspects of childrearing is the use
of physical punishment (or spanking). The purpose of this curriculum
is to review what is known about the consequences of physical
punishment and how to offer parents alternative ways to discipline
is video/lecture and hands on parent education curriculum focusing
on the alternatives to physical punishment in the discipline
of children. It was developed jointly by family educators of
the Minnesota Extension Service and the University of Wisconsin
Extension. The curriculum includes six lesson units, each consisting
of a video (about 10 minutes), a packet of Parents Handouts,
a teacher/ leader guide, discussion aides, and a reference list.
The curriculum is intended especially for use with parents of
pre-school and early elementary school age children.
The lesson topics are:
- Physical Punishment
Reviews the major
arguments against the use of physical punishment in the discipline
of children. Overviews an array of alternative discipline tools.
Emphasizes that children
must have both love and limits to feel secure and to develop
self-control. Offers several guidelines regarding the setting
of limits in the family.
Intended to help parents
use natural and logical consequences rather than punishment to
change their childrens behavior.
Emphasizes the importance
of listening in parent/child relations and offers a number of
guidelines for effective listening.
on the nature and sources of anger. Offers guidelines to parents
for dealing with their own anger as well as their childrens.
- Challenging Behavior
and tactics for dealing with non-compliant (or oppositional)
behavior of children.
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