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FRP Canada Resources for Parent Educators

Positive Discipline  

Printed by FRP Canada
Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting, 3rd ed.
by Joan E. Durrant, Ph.D

Previously published as Positive Discipline: What it is and how to do it  (First ed. 2007, Second ed. 2011)

“Positive Discipline” describes a non-violent approach to teaching our children, while being respectful of the child as a learner and individual human being.
The book is beautifully laid out in a clear, visually appealing, organized way and is easy to navigate based on the child’s stage of development. Durrant expertly and empathetically addresses conflicts that will likely arise at each stage, offering positive, logical solutions and she engages parents to make constructive choices with written exercises throughout the book.

Positive Discipline summary brochure  [PDF 194K]

Interview with author Joan E. Durrant  [PDF 89K]

Positive Discipline Order Form  [PDF 220K]

Many FRP Canada projects produce resources valuable to parent educators and those managing parent education in their centres.

From the project  Ensuring Quality in Parenting Education, with funding from the Population Health Fund, Public Health Agency of Canada

"An Evaluation of the Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program" by Berna Skrypnek and Julianna Charchun.

Executive Summary

"This impact study found that Nobody's Perfect contributes to improvement in a number of parental outcomes that are consistently associated with superior child outcomes" (page vii)
Download the complete report
(PDF  70 k)

What Works for Whom?
Promising Practices in Parenting Education (PDF 1.13 MB)  draws out current knowledge about what is most effective when working with parents of young children living in circumstances with multiple challenges.

Tip Sheets for parent educators who work with parents of young children living with multiple stressors, based on What Works for Whom?

  1. Getting Participants to Sign Up for Your Program (PDF  70 k)
  2. Getting Participants to Keep Coming (PDF  70 k)
  3. Helping Participants to Engage and Learn (PDF   k)
  4. Helping Participants to Use What They Learn (PDF   k)
  5. Helping Participants to Sustain Learning (PDF   k)

FRP Canada and other concerned colleagues submitted a response to the March 2008
                  Bulletin of Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development titled Sleep Tight! 
                  You are invited to download:

Financial literacy resources
NEW  The Guide for Education Savings is a user-friendly guide to enable those who work with families to spread the word about tools and incentives available to start saving early for post-secondary education.

The Value of Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) is a useful one-page resource for facilitators. 

Making Choices: Parenting Program inventory
or click on the link "Parenting Program Inventory" above.

Working with Parent Groups: A Handbook for Facilitators
This handbook is an indispensable tool for parent educators in their work with families. It looks at "parent education” in the widest sense of strengthening parents' ability to fill their parenting role. The ideas in this handbook can be applied very broadly, with special emphasis on the issues that arise working with parents in facilitated groups that meet over several weeks or months.
If you are new to working with groups of parents, you will find useful advice and guidelines to get you started on the right foot. If you already have considerable experience, you will find sections that invite you to reflect on how to increase your impact.
Download the order form.

Four bulletins for parent educators were produced by a project undertaken in partnership with Family Service Canada, with funding from the Population Health Fund of Health Canada:

  • June 2003  Evaluating Parent Education Programs  (PDF)
  • January 2004  The Staircase to Change   (PDF)
  • June 2004  Enhancing the Learning Experience - Characteristics of Adult Learners  (PDF)
  • September 2004  Characteristics of Adult Learners, continued  (PDF)

PEPS - Program for Early Parent Support FRP Canada and Save the Children Canada have been engaged in a three year project to support PEPS in Ontario. PEPS is a parent support model that mobilizes parents with young children who may be isolated or need encouragement. The project involved training, professional development and support for PEPs groups. Check out the PEPS page to find out more about PEPS, the project, or to arrange training in your community.


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