KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research
Guest Submission by:
Erin Cowan, MSW, Program Director
MyChild’sReady, Child Crisis Center,
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.
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:
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.
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.