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STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) is a multicomponent parenting education curriculum. The three STEP programs help parents learn effective ways to relate to their children from birth through adolescence by using parent education study groups. By identifying the purposes of children's behavior, STEP also helps parents learn how to encourage cooperative behavior in their children and how not to reinforce unacceptable behaviors. STEP also helps parents change dysfunctional and destructive relationships with their children by offering concrete alternatives to abusive and ineffective methods of discipline and control. STEP is offered in three separate programs covering early childhood, children ages seven through twelve, and teenagers. Each program contains a leader's resource guide, promotional tools, videos and parent handbooks.

Program Goals:

The goals of STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) are:

  • Increased ability to identify goals of misbehavior

  • Increased alternatives to misbehaviors

  • Increased encouragement skills

  • Increased skill in communication

  • Increased skill in cooperation (parental and child)

  • Increased skill in discipline

  • Increased skill in choosing parenting approach

  • Increase child self-esteem and confidence

  • Decreased inappropriate parental behaviors in disciplining children and teens

Essential Components

The essential components of STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) include:

  • STEP is intended for parent education study groups.

    • Parents share their concerns and learn that their problems are not unique.

    • Parents become aware that their own reactions and attitudes may have unintentionally influenced their children's unacceptable behaviors

  • STEP provides clear Course Objectives.

    • Parents gain an understanding of developmental sequences and their child's accomplishments.

    • Parents learn how children's belief systems are formed.

    • Parents learn to identify the four goals of misbehavior and how to foster positive results:

      • Attention

      • Power

      • Revenge

      • Inadequacy

    • Parents discover ways to build children's self-esteem through the process of encouragement

    • Parents develop an effective discipline system based on both firmness and kindness

    • Parents learn to deal with emotional problems and promote positive emotional growth

Republished from CEBC,

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