The Parent Aide Home Visiting Model provides families with a staff or volunteer mentor who works weekly with them in their homes on a variety of goals designed to insure that children are safe and parents have the tools they need to best nurture their children.
National Exchange Club’s Parent Aide Model
- Parent advocate matched with parents of children ages 0-12 for weekly personal visits.
- Parents empowered to identify their strengths and build on them.
- Healthy family communication emphasized.
- Family goals identified and supported.
- Essential self-care is explored and encouraged.
Parents As Teachers®
- Recognizing that Parents are a child’s first and best teacher.
- Certified PAT Advocate establishes a relationship with and empowers parents with children from the prenatal stage through Kindergarten.
- Includes braining-building games and developmental screenings.
- Connects family to local resources.
- Monthly group gatherings promote social skills for children and support networks for families.
Twelve Alternatives to Lashing Out at Your Child
Make a Change: The next time everyday pressures build up to the point where you feel like lashing out—STOP! Try any of these simple alternatives. You’ll feel better… and so will your child.
- Take a deep breath… and another. Then remember you are the adult.
- Close your eyes and imagine you’re hearing what your child is about to hear.
- Press your lips together and count to 10… or better yet, to 20.
- Put your child in a time-out (remember this rule: one time-out minute for each year of age).
- Put yourself in a time-out chair. Think about why you are angry: is it your child, or is your child simply a convenient target for your anger.
- Phone a friend.
- If someone can watch the children, go outside and take a walk.
- Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face.
- Hug a pillow.
- Turn on some music. Maybe even sing along!
- Sit down and list as many helpful words as you can think of. Save the list.
- Call for prevention information: 406-252-9799.
From: Prevent Child Abuse Montana