Little Books and Little Cooks

 Teaching Strategies for Parents

Parents teaching childrenBefore we create parenting education programs, it is important to understand how parents learn in the context of parent education groups and how they adopt parenting beliefs and behaviors (Campbell & Palm, 2003). The goals of parent education as described by the National Parenting Education Network (2011) are to strengthen families by providing relevant, effective education and support, and to encourage an optimal environment for the healthy growth and development of parents and children.

One way to do this is by using more than one teaching strategy and particularly more than simple, traditional lectures. In most cases, parents might prefer interactive teaching methods to traditional lectures. Appropriately, interactive methods have been shown as a key aspect of successful parent education programs (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2008). They include activities such as group discussion, role-playing, active modeling, homework exercises and reviewing visual cues or videos of parenting practices (Brown, 2005). Such varied teaching strategies help strengthen the learning experience for the class as a whole.

The Little Books & Little Cooks program uses several different teaching strategies every week: