Hand in Hand Parenting is a nonprofit international resource for parents on the topics of parent stress, challenging behaviors in children, childhood trauma, aggression in young children, sleep, sibling rivalry, and separation anxiety. They publish “Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges” and the “Listening to Children” booklets. Over a million copies of their publications have been sold worldwide in 11 different languages.
(Depending on your audience, you might want to reorder or substitute in some of the topics on the list above.)
What do you say to describe the Hand in Hand approach to parents? How well is this working for your community? Share your what is the Hand in Hand Parenting approach statement with your Outreach Support group. Practice this statement out loud with your listening partner or your group. You need to be able to say this in your own words, as clearly as possible, any time it might be useful. Please take the time to get comfortable with what you want to say.
Draft Spoken Message to the media for Hand in Hand Parenting: The problem today is that parents are already so stressed that a child’s difficult behavior can push you over the edge. To do their best, kids need you calm, patient, relaxed, and ready to connect. But you need lots of support to be able to do that. Hand in Hand gives parents that support and a new way of thinking about parenting. I’ll give you an (some) example(s):1. In order to become intelligent about emotions, your child needs experience with emotions. You don’t have to shush, distract, or talk them out of how they feel. Just listen while they are feeling it. 2. Your child does things to get attention, because they really do need your attention. And there are quick, effective ways to make sure your child gets the kind of attention they need. 3. Parenting is hard work and you deserve support and someone to listen to you when you’re stressed. How would that change things at your house?