Ready, Set, Parent!

 

Ready, Set, Parent! is a research-based parent education program developed to make parenting a positive experience and prepare children for school success. EPIC offers Ready, Set, Parent! curriculum for parents of infants, young children and adolescents.

The EPIC parenting education model is built on the principles of active learning. EPIC curricula combine an instructional approach with an active learning model that utilizes current research on best practices of parenting education. Workshops are designed to optimize learning, increase abilities, and decrease feelings of isolation and unacceptable behavior choices.

Parenting programs have a positive impact on children by first positively impacting their parents. Benefits of parenting classes for parents of any race and income level:

  • The more engaged parents are in parenting workshops, the better their confidence, the more positive their view of their role as a parent, and the greater the levels of interaction with their children.
  • When parents increase their levels and quality of interactions with their children, children become better prepared for school and personal success.
  • Staying up-to-date on the newest and most effective parenting techniques.
  • Can take the mystery out of being a parent, teaching what to expect, effective ways to discipline, and the best ways to prepare their children for school.

 

 


Ready, Set, Parent! Infant and Toddler Workshop Topics

 

Knowing Yourself as a Parent

Describes expectations parents of infants and toddlers have for themselves. Identifies primary parental responsibilities for caring for toddlers and infants. Areas in which they feel confident about themselves as parents of infants and toddlers are also identified.


Tuning in to Your Child

Provides examples of what infants/toddlers do to show how they feel. Describes the importance of understanding and responding in a helpful way to infants’ and toddlers’ emotional signals. Identifies ways that parents can tune in to their infants’ and toddlers’ emotional signals and cues.


Fostering Self-esteem

Helps parents to recognize that a child’s self-esteem begins to develop in infancy. Identifies ways that parents can promote positive self-esteem in infants and toddlers.


Helping Your Child to Cope

Identifies some of children’s own coping strategies. Describes the importance of assisting an infant or toddler to cope effectively. Also identifies skills that help children cope effectively with stress.


Setting Limits

Describes the importance and advantages of setting limits for infants and toddlers. Identifies reasonable limits for infants and toddlers and specifies some appropriate ways to set these limits.


Building Independence

Identifies characteristics of independence as shown by infants and toddlers. Describes for parents the positive outcomes of promoting independence in their young children. Parent-child interactions that promote independence are specified.


Learning to Talk

Describes how infants and toddlers communicate, using gestures, sounds, and words. Helps parents understand the importance of responding to and encouraging their child’s talk. Identifies effective ways parents can help their child learn to talk.


Establishing Routines

Helps parents identify routines for infants and toddlers and understand their importance. Discusses effective ways to establish routines.


Learning through Play

Helps parents understand the importance of play and its role in learning social skills and forming relationships. Identifies play activities appropriate for infants and toddlers.


Promoting Literacy in Your Child

Introduces parents to the importance of encouraging reading and writing in their children. Helps parents recognize their role in promoting literacy in their child. Identifies ways parents can promote reading skills starting in infancy.

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Ready Set Parent! Young Children Workshop Topics


Parenting Styles and Decision Making

Introduces the EPIC Parenting Workshop Program and its goals for parents. Brainstorming and prioritizing are explained and then used to identify effective qualities of parents. The need for good role modeling is emphasized. Several strategies for decision making and problem solving are introduced.


Children Need Families

Promotes the acceptance of a broader definition of the “family.” Identifies children’s needs and explores ways parents can meet these needs. Participants learn about the concepts of resiliency and asset development, and explore ways to raise resilient children.


Single Parenting

Discusses the special joys and challenges of being a single parent, including stress-reduction strategies and how to use support networks.


Listening and Responding to Children

Emphasizes the importance of good communication skills in developing a close, positive relationship with your child. Explores ways of listening and responding that may improve communication.


Communicating with Teachers

Emphasizes the importance of good communication between home and school. Parents discuss ways in which they can become involved in the education of their child and identify topics that they should discuss with their child’s teacher. Reinforces the importance of listening and responding in an informative and sensitive manner and explores different communication styles.


Love is a Powerful Vitamin

Promotes the understanding of the power of love in a child’s life. Activities include identifying ways to show love to children, sharing reasons why each participant’s child is lovable, and discussing adults’ need for love. Includes a discussion of a destructive situation in which a parent seems overwhelmed and unable to show love toward the children.


Character, Conscience, and Values

Focuses on the role of family values in the development of a child’s character. Activities include the definition and formation of values, and ways parents can communicate their values to their children. Participants discuss how to handle common scenarios involving choices based on values.


Fostering Self-esteem

Focuses on self-esteem and its importance in developing healthy children. Parents have an opportunity to look at their own self-esteem and discuss ways to foster positive self-esteem.


Encouraging Emotional Growth

Helps parents to understand that children feel a full range of emotions. Parents learn to teach their children appropriate and acceptable ways to express their feelings.


Coping with Daily Stress & Frustrations

Participants identify causes of stress in their daily lives and positive ways to cope with frustration. Develops strategies for helping children deal with stress. Helps participants identify responses to stressful situations.


Dealing with Crisis and Trauma

Defines crisis and trauma. Discusses how parents respond to crisis and how they can help their children cope with crisis and trauma.


Structure and Limits: Preventing and Managing Problem Behavior

Identifies strategies that minimize problem behavior and techniques for teaching responsible behavior. Examines skills and criteria for setting and enforcing rules. Provides information about basic qualities of good rules and the skills of behavior management.


Guiding Your Child's Behavior: Positive Discipline

Examines the things that motivate children’s behaviors, both negative and positive. Identifies strategies for encouraging healthy, appropriate behaviors in children, as well as those that encourage children to develop self-discipline.


Sexuality Education Begins in the Home

Examines several strategies for talking to young children about sexual development and the expression of sexuality. Provides information and suggestions for developing a sexuality education plan and explores the role of the home and the school in sexual education.


Sibling Rivalry

Looks at some of the causes of sibling rivalry and examines ways for parents to help children resolve conflicts. Identifies some of the positive rewards of being a sibling.


Balancing Work and Family Life

Discusses the challenges that working parents may have in “doing it all.” Parents develop strategies for managing their work and home life and the stress that accompanies this balancing act.


Building Bridges between Parents and Child: A Substance Abuse Prevention Workshop

Creates awareness that substance abuse is a societal problem. Educates parents as to why people use drugs, helps parents identify signs and symptoms of substance abuse, and promotes skills for early intervention. Equips parents with information that will promote drug-free lifestyles in their families.


Helping Your Child Succeed in School

Identifies positive ways parents can become more involved in their child’s school experience. Analyzes their children’s present use of non-school time and explore ways to link their home and school experiences. Identifies and discusses effective steps that parents can take to develop relationships with the teacher and child to ensure academic success.


Promoting Nonviolent Solutions

Explores the vital role parents play in setting a nonviolent expectation for behavior as well as the many influences of violence in a child’s life. Helps parents minimize the influence of violence and promote nonviolent activities.


Communication Skills for Fathers

Examines the vital role of the father in a healthy relationship with his child. Explores the importance of communication, trust and bonding between fathers and children. Fathers also learn ways to communicate effectively even when the atmosphere is emotionally charged.


Developing Respect and Caring in Young Children

Assists parents with easy-to-use ideas for developing a relationship of mutual respect as well as building these character traits in their children. Parents also identify a personal sense of what respect and caring mean to them.


Using Television Wisely

Assists participants in understanding the various messages that television gives children and how to minimize the negative ones and maximize the positive ones. Also explores alternatives to television.


Resolving Conflicts

Identifies underlying causes of conflict and examines how each parent responds. Assist parents to learn ways to manage or resolve conflict as well as understand their role in conflict management or resolution.

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Ready Set Parent! Adolescents Workshop Topics


Parenting Styles and Decision Making

Introduces the EPIC Parenting Workshop Program and its goals for parents. Brainstorming and prioritizing are explained and then used to identify effective qualities of parents. The need for good role modeling is emphasized. Several strategies for decision making and problem solving are introduced.


Brain Development and Learning Styles

Parents become acquainted with brain growth and development. Identifies and explores learning styles, and discovers how they can create stimulating learning experiences for their young adolescents.


Helping Your Young Adolescent Succeed in School

Explores positive ways parents can become more involved in their young adolescent’s school experience. Identifies steps parents can take to solve problems young adolescents may encounter at school. Parents practice positive techniques for talking with their young adolescents about school.


Resolving Conflicts

Identifies underlying causes of conflict and examines how each parent responds. Assist parents to learn ways to manage or resolve conflict as well as understand their role in conflict management or resolution.


Coping with Daily Stress & Frustrations

Parents identify causes of stress in their daily lives and positive ways to cope with frustration. Develops strategies for helping children deal with stress. Helps parents identify responses to stressful situations.


Substance Abuse Prevention

Assists parents in creating an ongoing dialogue with their young adolescents about substance use, and helps them understand why young adolescents may use drugs. Parents will also learn to identify signs and symptoms of substance use and abuse and ways to intervene. Finally, they will identify strategies that they can use to help keep young adolescents off drugs and promote a drug-free lifestyle.


Communication Problems and Strategies

Explores strategies to improve positive communication and minimize conflict. Several sensitive topics of discussion between parents and young adolescents are identified. Guidelines for good listening skills are also provided.


Structure and Limits: Preventing and Managing Problem Behavior

Identifies strategies that minimize problem behavior and techniques for teaching responsible behavior. Examines skills and criteria for setting and enforcing rules. Provides information about basic qualities of good rules and the skills of behavior management.

 

Dealing with Your Child’s Emerging Sexuality

Parents examine what naturally happens to young adolescents during their sexual growth and development and explore their own beliefs and values about sexual information and development. Strategies for communication are discussed to help parents gain confidence in talking about sexual development and sex with their young adolescents.


Promoting Nonviolent Solutions

Explores the vital role parents play in setting a nonviolent expectation for behavior as well as the many influences of violence in a young adolescent’s life. Helps parents minimize the influence of violence and promote nonviolent activities.

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