KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

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

Parenting Assessment Guides PAT Program Improvement at MyChild’sReady

Posted by Phil Gordon on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

Guest Submission by: 

Erin Cowan, MSW, Program Director

MyChild’sReady, Child Crisis Center,

Mesa, Arizona

MyChild’sReady (MCR) is an in-home support service for expecting mothers and families with children up to 5 years old in Mesa, Arizona.  It is a program within the Child Crisis Center and funded by First Things First Arizona.  A Parents as Teachers affiliate, MCR’s goals are for children to start school ready to succeed and eager to learn.  MCR provides home visits, parent group meetings, child screening and referral to community resources.  MCR currently serves about 200 families, of whom 45% are Hispanic, in Southeastern Maricopa County.

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Tags: parenting feedback, parenting outcomes, Parenting Assessment, strength-based, continuous quality improvement, Parents as Teachers, engagement-parent, family, community

6 Steps to Parent Feedback Success: #1 A Thoughtful Strategy

Posted by Phil Gordon on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 @ 09:14 AM

In two previous KIPS Cradle posts we discussed identifying strengths and supporting a parent in selecting an improvement goal.  Now let’s turn to collaborating with a parent to work on a goal.  There are six principles of effective feedback we will consider:

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Tags: parenting feedback, parent improvement, Parenting Assessment, parenting evidence, strength-based

Parenting Assessment: Discovering Strengths and Beyond

Posted by Phil Gordon on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 @ 03:53 PM

The art of giving parents feedback after using a parenting scale seems to have struck a chord.  I’ve just been invited to conduct our first feedback workshop with NORWESCAP Early Head Start in New Jersey. This has emboldened me to continue writing on the topic of supporting parental change guided by a parenting assessment.  In the first KIPS Cradle post we discussed inviting the parent to identify strengths as the first step in effective feedback.  Helping a parent find her own effective behaviors creates a sense of safety and provides valuable insights into the parent’s awareness of her strengths.

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Tags: parenting feedback, parent improvement, parenting behavior, Parenting Assessment, parenting goals, strength-based

Parenting Assessment Feedback That Works: Step 1 Self Evaluation

Posted by Phil Gordon on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 @ 07:56 AM

Why the KIPS Cradle?

Our May survey of KIPS users, reported in the August KIPS TIPS issue, revealed interest in a blog about KIPS use. So due to popular demand, here is the first post to the KIPS Cradle.

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Tags: parenting feedback, parenting outcomes, Parenting Assessment, parenting evidence, parenting scale, strength-based