In the Parenting Wisely: Teenagers video series, the first three scenarios illustrate the challenges families face in teaching children to be responsible. Lying, name calling, disrespectful arguing, and completing homework and household chores are depicted. Parents demonstrate how to resolve these challenges through good role modeling of effective discipline and communication, while structuring tasks and incentives.
The second three scenarios depict parents and children working through conflicts. The issues portrayed include neglecting schoolwork and associating with a deviant peer, child and stepparent sensitivities, and responding to requests to turn down loud music.
The last three scenarios demonstrate how parents can effectively resolve fighting among siblings, and deal with frustrations arising from teen telephone use and sloppy efforts in completing chores. Solutions to all scenarios depict parents utilizing effective and ineffective parenting skills followed by critiques which help parents learn to discern them.
Parenting Wisely (American Teens) has been named an "exemplary" program by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a "model" program by The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and listed as an evidence-based program by the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)and a "best practices" program by the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (WCAPT).
The Parenting Wisely: American Teen Video Series includes: 1 DVD or 3 Videotapes (also available in Spanish language version); 1 Service Provider's Guide; 3 parent workbooks; 1 Poster announcing availability of Parenting Wisely; and 1 Floppy disc with evaluation forms, scoring keys, and program evaluation guide (Videotape/VHS version only). (Author abstract modified)
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