The Theory of the Programme
Theoretical basis of the ‘Raising Children’ programme
The primary aim of the ‘Raising Children’ Parenting Programme is to offer parents a supportive, informal environment, in which to gain information, knowledge and skills around parenting issues.
The programme uses material taken from various frameworks, notably Alfred Adler, Rudolph Dreikurs, as well as the work of Eric Berne and Abraham Maslow. This programme is based on the principles of social learning theories.
Key Adlerian Concepts which underpin the Raising Children Programme
- Children not born good or evil but can be ‘influenced’ in either direction.
- If children continually misbehave that means there is logic beneath their actions. In other words childrens behaviour is purposeful, just like adults – everything they do has a goal.
- Once the child’s goal is identified, parents can develop alternative strategies.
- Adler stressed the use of natural and logical consequences when training children. He believed the best way forward for the child is to discover what works and what doesn’t work for them – by learning by experience. There is little punishment and reward system.
- Parents must be consistent with their own behaviour.
- Encouragement is extremely valuable.
- A key word in Adlerian thought.
- Whether a person cooperates in an indication of how much they value, or not themselves.
- Co-operation begins at birth with breast feeding as the first form of cooperation.
- It is the bases for helping the child develop in society.
- Encouragement is the KEY word in Alderian psychology.
- Since we can not change or behaviour in the past we can only change or behaviour in the here and now.
- Parental encouragement focuses on stressing the importance of the positive and letting children learn from disappointment. It is a negative event rather than punishment which teaches the child to change its behaviour.
- Encourages cooperation
- Caring and happy children
- Children have the right to be respected
- Parents need to earn and model respect
In addition, you might be interested that Gillian Pugh, Erica D’Ath and Celia Smith* published a series of reviews on parent education and support, most notably in 1994, Confident Parents, Confident Children, in which on page 75 they credit Alfred Adler (1930), Rudolf Dreikurs & Vicki Soltz (Happy Children, 1964), Dinkmeyer & MacKay (STEP, 1982) and also Thomas Gordon (PET, 1075), drawing on the work of Rogers, 1951, 1961) as having the most influence on the thinking of American and British parent education programmes. I believe citing that history will help you make a case for your programme.
*Pugh, G., D’Ath, E., & Smith, C. (1994). Confident Parents, Confident Children. London: National Children’s Bureau.
- Mutual respect underpins Parenting.
Downloads for Professionals
Sharing Parenting Programme offers:
- A range of Parenting Support Programmes.
- Training, Mentoring and Supervision for Professionals Working with Parents.
- Creative Resources
Parent Support Programmes: a range of opportunities for parents to gain confidence and knowledge in their role as parents.
- Raising Toddlers
- Raising Children
- Raising Teenagers
- Sibling Rivalry
- Taster Sessions for parents
- One to One Support
- Raising Children - 'Let's Play'
- Raising Children - 'Food for Thought'
Professional Support Programs include:
- CPD Workshops
- Facilitation Training
- Mentoring Supervision and Support
- Bespoke Training and Support