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Nurturing Parenting Programs

The Nurturing Parenting Programs (NPPs) are family-centered programs that are designed to stop the generational cycle of abuse by helping parents develop nurturing skills as an alternative to the abusive parenting tactics of yore. The ultimate goal of these programs is to decrease the rates of pregnancies, juvenile delinquency, and recidivism among adolescents.

The programs are based on the idea of re-parenting. Parents and adolescents meet concurrently but are separated into groups to participate in activities that

  • Build positive self-image and improve self-esteem
  • Teach alternative parenting methods that don’t involve hitting, yelling or other abuse
  • Improve communication in the family
  • Increase self-awareness and awareness of the needs of others
  • Replace current abusive practices with ones that nurture
  • Teach appropriate developmental roles and expectations

There are 13 different NPPs that were created to treat a variety of age groups, cultures, and specific needs (such as caring for special needs children). The sessions range anywhere from two to three hours a day, one day a week for up to 45 weeks and can be conducted in various settings including the home. Designed for at-risk families with children 0 to 19 years of age, the programs include

  • Home exercises
  • Parenting skills
  • Activities for self- and family-nurturing
  • Activities for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children
  • Family hugs

These programs have also been adapted to address the cultural needs of several ethnic groups including African Americans, Hispanics, and Hmong.

Extensive research in the efficacy of the Nurturing Program for Parents and Children Ages 5 to 11 years has been done. The study encompassed 121 abusive adults and 150 children who were abused. The results of the study show improvements in family interactions, parents, and children. People who participated in the program experienced significant changes in their attitudes towards parenting and child-rearing.