KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Assessing Parenting for Better Partnerships & Parent-Child Interaction

Posted by Phil Gordon on Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 06:09 PM


Many of our posts have discussed the value of assessing parenting in collecting evidence of outcomes (1,2 & 3) and for obtaining funding for family services programs (4,5 and 6).  Beyond documenting evidence and obtaining funding, parenting assessment offers information to build nurturing parenting.  Upon entry into a family services program, an initial parenting assessment can identify parents’ current strengths.  As we have discussed earlier, identifying strengths and reinforcing them early can build a strong working relationship and increase engagement (7). 

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Tags: parent improvement, parenting goals, helping parents, assessing parenting, engagement-parent, family, community

Assessing Parenting Helped Me Improve My Own Parenting

Posted by Phil Gordon on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 @ 05:06 PM

I have to admit that the  Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale (KIPS)  has become a bit of a passion of mine. As an Early Childhood Professional and a mother of two young bo ys, I have become a fierce advocate for quality interactions between parents and children.  As a KIPS coder, I find it easy to empathize with parents as I assess parenting.  We all want our children to do their best, especially when they are on camera!  Once the camera turns on, it is natural to want our children to be on their best behavior or to share all of the brilliant things they can do during the 20 minutes of the assessment.  One of the beauties of KIPS is that for once we have an assessment where the scores are not based on how well the child performs…but they are based on the parent.  Focusing on parent behavior is important, because it is through parenting that we can best impact our children.
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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parent-child interaction, parenting scale, strength-based, helping parents, assessing parenting, engagement-parent, family, community

Supervision: Key to Making Parenting Assessment Matter to Children

Posted by Phil Gordon on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 @ 04:39 PM

Everyone who assesses parenting has the ultimate aim of helping children develop to be healthy and well-adjusted.  More than a decade of experience with assessing parenting has taught us that quality supervision is key to the successful implementation of parenting assessment.  Just as supervision is seen as key to the delivery of high quality family services (for more see, Putting Reflective Supervision into Practice (November, 2010). Journal of Zero to Three Vol. 31 (2), S. Scott Heller and L. Gilkerson, A Practical Guilde to Reflective Supervision (2009). Zero to Three, and R. Parkalani and N. L. Seibel (2001). Being in Charge: Reflective Leadership in Infant/Family Programs, Zero to Three - all available at the Zero to Three Bookstore).  

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parent-child interaction, helping parents, supervision;

Parenting Means Put Away Smartphones; Play and Read With Your Kids!

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Sat, Dec 01, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

Parents and Professionals Agree:  Interacting and Reading with Your Child Can Show Lifelong Benefits

 Guest Contribution by Becca Ritz

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Tags: parenting behavior, parent-child interaction, helping parents, parenting practices

Parenting Assessment Feedback: Step #6 Be Specific and Prescriptive

Posted by Phil Gordon on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 @ 05:07 PM

In this post in the feedback series we focus on the importance of being specific and prescriptive in supporting parents’ improvement.  In preceding posts we have stressed the importance of starting by identifying the positives, working to protect self-esteem, focusing on improvement and the future, being interactive and flexible, and having a helping spirit.  These elements work together to make it more likely that the parent can hear, reflect and improve their parenting practices.  

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Tags: parenting feedback, parenting outcomes, parent improvement, Parenting Assessment, helping parents

Parenting Assessment Feedback: Step #5 Having a Helping Spirit

Posted by Phil Gordon on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 @ 05:39 PM

For most parenting service providers having a helping spirit is much easier than the previous step that we discussed of being interactive and flexible. In this blog series aimed at addressing what we do after a parenting assessment, we have explored the importance of identifying parents’ strengths, using a thoughtful strategy, and being future and improvement focused.  In the last post we explored the most challenging step for me, being interactive and flexible.  This time we explore the concept of bringing a helping spirit to your feedback with parent.  Hendrie Weisenger says that those showing a helping spirit give three important messages:

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Tags: parenting feedback, Parenting Assessment, helping parents, genuine feedback