ERIC Number: ED225684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Parents Helping Parents: Mutual Parenting Network Handbook.
Simkinson, Charles H.; Redmond, Robert F.
Guidelines for mutual parenting are provided in this handbook. "Mutual parenting" means that everyone in the community shares the responsibility for the safety and well-being of the community's youngsters. Several topics are discussed in the 15 brief chapters of the handbook. Chapters 1 through 3 focus on the formation of a mutual parenting network. Chapters 4 through 7 discuss the need for common guidelines among parents and suggest ways of making discipline in the home more businesslike, additionally offering 10 guidelines for establishing a set of family rules. Chapter 6 provides three home management worksheets related to topics presented in the previous chapter. Chapter 8 very briefly discusses special issues of dual-career or single-parent families. Chapters 9 through 10 focus on the definition and selection of consequences for children's responsible and irresponsible behavior; management worksheets related to these topics are offered. Ways parents can be do-it-yourself psychologists in their own homes are described in Chapter 11. Chapters 12 through 14 suggest a way to reduce disagreement about mutual expectations among family members, list four steps to good employee/management relationships, and touch on the importance of volunteer work and community service for young persons. A sequence of parent activities for implementing the ideas suggested is provided in the concluding chapter. Appended are proposed guidelines for parental decision making regarding communitywide conduct standards for youth. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.