The Art of Positive Parenting program (TAPP) focuses on helping parents create a healthy, mutually respectful family environment. Founded in 1978, TAPP has helped tens of thousands of parents learn how to use positive communication skills with their children, resulting in a strong foundation for building children’s self esteem and parent-child relationships that grow stronger through the years. Children with high self esteem do better in all facets of life. Families who practice positive communication skills find greater enjoyment and more successful ways of navigating the difficult times. It’s never too late to learn more about The Art of Positive Parenting.
The TAPP program was created almost thirty years ago by Mickey Tobin, a local parent educator, and was based on many of the philosophies of parenting experts. The combination of the teachings of these experts into the TAPP curriculum means that parents are learning the skills that are helpful in all phases of raising children. These skills can be adapted to all situations that arise, so that the job of parenting becomes The Art of Positive Parenting.
The TAPP program addresses major skill areas that empower families. Positive communication skills focus on ways in which the channels of communication between parent and child are established and maintained. Encouragement builds a child’s self-esteem and teaches the child that healthy behaviors result in positive attention from his parents. The ability to express feelings through words rather than actions helps a child learn acceptable ways to direct her excitement or frustration. Avoiding roadblocks in communication allows a child to feel “listened to,” and also creates an environment where your daughter or son will want to talk with you about their fears, joys and challenges as they are growing.
Conflict resolution skills involve effective forms of discipline and problem solving, and rely heavily on the use of positive communication skills. Discipline is a way of establishing limits, creating the supporting choices and consequences, and allowing the child to choose his or her actions and accept the consequences. Discipline is a teaching approach to helping your child understand the need for rules and learn to make good choices—especially when you are not there to guide him. Problem solving skills are another extremely effective way of resolving conflict in a respectful way. Parent and child work together to figure out the best way to meet everyone’s needs with each person feeling that they helped define the solution. Problem solving skills can be used with children as early three or four years old and are vital to conflict management in your child’s teenage years.
Stress is frequently at the root of challenges in family life: too many things to do, too little time, financial issues, and job pressures are all factors in family relationships. And stress is just as real to children as it is to adults. Learning how to recognize stress factors for you and your child, and effective ways to manage stress and help your child learn how to deal with it will allow you to minimize the effects of external factors on your family’s health.
TAPP is offered year-round at many churches, schools and other locations in Franklin and Delaware counties. All classes are facilitated by trained instructors.
Traditional TAPP, the six-week, twelve-hour program includes a combination of skills education, group interaction, practice and resource-sharing. Our unique format ensures that parents of children of all ages can participate in and benefit from any class that is convenient for your schedule. Contact Action for Children for class fee information. Some financial assistance options may be available. In addition, a number of other classes and workshops are available for parents wanting to address specific problems, those seeking a fast-paced course that focuses on using the skills, and for those who are past TAPP participants and want to gain a deeper understanding of the skills and their application. TAPP also offers one, two and three hour seminars and workshops that can be designed especially for your group or organization. Fees vary based on the length and type of program.
Self Esteem: Skills and techniques you can use to help your child feel confident and loved—necessary ingredients for growing independence. Learn the difference between healthy encouragement and unhealthy praise.
Positive Communication: Whether your child is a toddler or a teen, effective communication involves listening and expressing feelings by both parent and child. Learn how to eliminate “roadblocks” to listening and how to guide your child through difficult times.
Discipline: Most experts agree that we should use discipline rather than punishment with our children. This workshop will help you understand the difference between the two and provide practical, usable techniques for establishing rules and consequences in your home.
Problem Solving: This skill is not just for the workplace; it can be the key to working through family issues as well. Learn when this approach works best, and how to use it effectively with children beginning at age three or four.
Stress Management: Everyday life presents many challenges that raise the level of stress for both parents and children. Learn how to recognize some of the stress factors that may be at the root of family relationships—and some things you can do for yourself or your child to reduce or eliminate them.
Your Child and Today’s Media: Today’s media offerings present parents with many questions. Should a child be allowed to watch tragic news stories? How much TV time is too much? What about newspapers? Radio? Hear what the experts are saying, and learn how to turn your child’s exposure to the media into a learning opportunity that can strengthen your relationship.
Many more topic specific workshops are available. Please contact our office with your questions or requests so that we can plan one that meets your needs.
Contact our office at 614-224-0222, ext. 103 for information or to register for a class.