Getting parents out is a difficult challenge for any parenting skills program. Working with parents of high-risk youth can make the task even more difficult. One-to-one invitations work best. Here is a list of scripts other facilitators have successfully used to get parents out.
Maintaining Parent Involvement
You went to a lot of work getting parents in your class. Do everything you can to keep them involved. Here are a few tips:
- Do the best you can to find a warm, comfortable classroom.
- Humor works! Make your class fun. Parents who laugh are more likely to come back. Cadence Cheers
- Use name tags. It makes bonding easier.
- Even if it is just coffee and cookies, food works.
- Music works. Play instrumental music during group activities and something fun before class. Playlist suggestions.
- Ensure your parents accept their group roles. Use these role cards.
- Maintain contact with your parents by texting them between classes. Here are some examples.