ERIC Number: ED332112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
The Parent's Handbook: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. Third Edition.
Dinkmeyer, Don; McKay, Gary D.
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) provides a practical approach to parent-child relations. The handbook is organized into nine sessions that are meant to be taken for a week at a time. Chapter 1 asserts that all behavior occurs for a social purpose. Four goals of misbehavior, and four basic ingredients for building positive relationships are discussed. Chapter 2 considers three topics: emotions, lifestyle, and the "good" parent. Differences between the "good" parent and the responsible parent are outlined. Chapter 3 looks at the role of encouragement in building the child's self-confidence and self-esteem. Chapter 4 covers the parent's ability to listen to their children. Skills for communications such as reflective listening, and responding to nonverbal messages are discussed. Chapter 5 continues topics associated with the communication process. Included here are exploring alternatives, problem ownership and I-messages. Chapter 6 looks at an alternative to reward and punishment called natural and logical consequences. This system holds children responsible for their own behavior. Chapter 7 outlines some of the challenges encountered by most parents, and chapter 8 advocates a regularly scheduled meeting of all family members. Chapter 9 discusses issues related to putting the STEP plan into action. Questions, charts, and a problem situation follow each chapter, and information is provided for joining a STEP support group. (LLL)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Communication Skills, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Role, Parenting Skills
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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