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From Pram to Primary School
by Michael and Terri Quinn


I have only seen this handbook which is part of complete resource kit which includes a video and facilitators handbook to enable the 6-8 week course to be run for parents of teenagers called "parenting teenagers programmes".

I would have liked to be able to review the whole package as I feel that it would have been of great benefit to add as a whole resource.

However this handbook does give a good insight into the basis of their course. It is divided into chapters - each to address one of the major issues addressed in the parenting programme.

Parenting skills for ages birth to about 6-7 years. Again this looks at the UN commission on the rights of the child.

This programme then discusses issues to do with how to deal with behaviour you don't like and how to encourage your younger child. Going on to how to improve listening skills and paying attention and talking to your child to discipline, quality time and the child's spiritual development.

Using case studies and exercises to backup what is discussed and learned this can be really helpful for individual parents and for groups.

Handbook shows that the programme is designed to stimulate discussion among all parents who attend who will be varied and from all walks of life. Ideas and strategies, which have worked for some parent in the past, may be helpful to others in the group.

I think this would be a really useful programme - at least if the handbook is anything to go by, for use by support groups or other organisations working with young people.

The handbook itself is a great resource for individuals or organisations on it's own.

Sarah-Jayne Bass (formerly Caroline Hensby) - adders.org


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