ERIC Number: ED428855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Giving Parents a Voice: A Children's Rights Issue. Rightlines 2.
The mission of Save the Children--Scotland is to build a better world for children by building a movement for children's rights, making links between children's lives and policy development, and supporting children and young people to be activists in their own communities. Twenty-two mothers and two fathers attended a seminar of Save the Children's Positive Parenting Project and expressed their views regarding their parenting experiences, expectations of parents, and how they could be better supported in their role. Parents met in groups of six to discuss the issues; their discussions were taped and transcribed. The discussions indicated that parents believed they had numerous responsibilities that had to be balanced with responsibilities and obligations of employment, including providing adequate physical care, teaching values, providing encouragement, and being up-to-date with child care and child development. Parents felt that pressures to meet their responsibilities came from society, older people, professionals, the parents themselves, government, and schools. They noted the importance of a consistent child rearing approach, the need to support mothers, the advantages of having extended family support, and the need for public transportation. Parents identified support needs in five categories: emotional support, practical support, child care, information, and advice. A model for support endorsed by the majority of parents would be built on meeting information needs, emphasizing existing skills, using parent groups rather than parenting classes, developing an informal structure for support, defining the agenda, addressing different learning styles, and enabling discussion and interaction. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Children, Childrens Rights, Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Responsibility, Parent Role, Parents
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Save the Children, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)