Living Values Parent Groups: A Facilitator Guide

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As pervasive violence shatters our nation, the call for values echoes through headlines and school hallways as educators, parents and children become increasingly concerned and affected.

The Living Values series offers a variety of experiential activities for teachers and parents to help them teach children and young adults to develop twelve critical social values: cooperation, freedom, happiness, honesty, humility, love, peace, respect, responsibility, simplicity, tolerance and...

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Overview

As pervasive violence shatters our nation, the call for values echoes through headlines and school hallways as educators, parents and children become increasingly concerned and affected.

The Living Values series offers a variety of experiential activities for teachers and parents to help them teach children and young adults to develop twelve critical social values: cooperation, freedom, happiness, honesty, humility, love, peace, respect, responsibility, simplicity, tolerance and unity. In each book, these twelve values are explored using age-appropriate lessons that incorporate group discussions, reading, quiet reflection time, songs, artwork and action-oriented activities.

These lessons are already in use in more than 1,000 locations in sixty-two countries. Pilot results indicate that students are enthusiastic and teachers report a decrease in aggressive behavior and more motivated students. The Living Values Educational Program was born when twenty educators from around the world gathered at UNICEF Headquarters in New York in 1996 to discuss the needs of children and how to better prepare students for lifelong success. These global educators identified the curriculum and the program was ready for piloting in February of 1997.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558748828
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: Living Values Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 100

Meet the Author

Diane Tillman is an educational psychologist who worked in a California public school system for twenty-three years. She lectures internationally on personal development and training educators. Tillman has served with the United Nations Association-USA at the local, regional and national levels

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The following parenting skills can be taught in response to situations that may be creating obstacles for the parent in imparting values.

Alternatively, the facilitator may choose to teach one skill or awareness at each of the sessions, depending on the needs of the parents.

Parent Concern:

"I don't have enough time."


Parenting Skill 1
The Importance of Play and "Us Time"

For Parents of Infants Through Four-Year-Olds

As most parents will agree, children of this age require an inordinate amount of attention. Time to cuddle, hold, play and attend to the child is invaluable.
It is said that play is the work of the child. Play is the child's opportunity to experience freedom, joy and self-expression. It is a time when children can feel "full of themselves." Children work out their feelings in play,
and if there have been traumatic experiences, play is healing. Play is a time of learning and growing cognitively, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically. As a parent, playing with your children creates a cooperative, loving,
and close bond and adds to the joy within the relationship.

Enter into their world. Play at their level and pace. Join the world of pretend.
When they pretend to give you a bite of food, pretend to give them a bite. Play with clay and blocks, with dolls and trucks, play peek-a-boo and roll around on the floor. Play with balls, rolling them initially. When a child structures a game and is enjoying it, do not come along and make it harder so he or she is not successful. Simply be-accepting, reflecting, enjoying.

For Parents of Five- to Nine-Year-Olds

Yes, it's hard to find time in this busy world for play and values activities.
But, ask yourself:

  • Why did I have children in the first place?
  • Why do I love them?
  • What do I wish I had done more of over the past few years?

Finding some time every day to play with your children is so important. That precious time is when relationships are enjoyed and the feelings of love grow.
The children who get "Us Time" get that full attention and close eye contact which tells them they are valued and valuable.

Ask yourself:

  • What do I enjoy doing myself that I can do with my child?
  • What would be fun for both myself and the child?

There's an interesting saying: "Cooperation follows love." By playing every day with your children so they can count on getting your full, undivided attention for even fifteen minutes a day, minor negativities will simply disappear.
Play games you enjoyed at that age or would have liked to have played. Play pretend games, play outside, play with balls and dolls, play with the simple enjoyment of enjoying your children. Introduce them to the common games of your culture-perhaps cards and board games, soccer or circle dances. Don't get competitive yourself, but model graceful winning and losing. (Winning a game with a child about one-third of the time is fine.) Teach them things; allow them to experience themselves as successful. Take them places that are free.
Go on a walk to a park, a lake or the ocean.

Plan how you can build in fifteen minutes per day with each of your two children.
If you have six children, can you devote an hour to play or Us Time? Play cooperative games as a group where everyone wins. Us Time can also be a time of just listening with your full attention. Use daily routine time to interact with your children.
For instance, converse in the bus or car or as you walk to the store.

¬2001. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Living Values
Activitiets for Young Adults
by Diane Tillman. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health
Communications,3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

Overview
Duration of Parent Group Meetings x
Using This Facilitator Guide x
Facilitator Notes xii
Facilitators and Parents--Share with the World! xiv
Section 1 The Group Process
Orientation Session 3
Introduction 3
Background Information 4
Reflections 6
Choosing the Values 10
Six-Step Framework for Session 2 and Ongoing Sessions 10
Section 2 Parent Values Activities
For Parents 17
Peace 20
Respect 24
Love 28
Happiness 32
Honesty 35
Humility 38
Responsibility 41
Simplicity 44
Tolerance 47
Cooperation 50
Freedom 53
Unity 54
Section 3 Parenting Skills
1. Parenting Skill 1: The Importance of Play and "Us Time" 59
2. Parenting Skill 2: Encouragement and Positively Building Behaviors 62
3. Parenting Skill 3: The Balance of Discipline and Love 66
4. Parenting Skill 4: Active Listening 68
5. Parenting Skill 5: Establishing a Ritual 70
6. Parenting Skill 6: Think Before Saying No 71
7. Parenting Skill 7: Time to Be 72
8. Parenting Skill 8: Staying Stable and Loving, and Communicating 73
9. Parenting Skill 9: "Time-Out" to Think and Communicate 77
About the Author 81
About the Living Values Program 83
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