Advancing Parenting does parenting education, but we have no classes. In fact, we don't even interact with parents. What we do is find interesting and perhaps more effective ways of promoting positive childhood experiences and preventing adverse childhood experiences. Our goal is not to help specific parents improve their parenting skills, but to improve the overall quality of parenting in communities and thereby reduce rates of child abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, and other problems that stem from unsupportive and harmful parenting.
Friends, neighbors, and members of the community get the opportunity to be parenting educators!
Below are a few examples. We began with fifty-one bumper stickers that communicate parenting behaviors and practices generally recognized as supporting the healthy development of children. Turns out they're wonderfully effective. At stoplights drivers and passengers point, nod, and smile. Conversations begin and often a phone is used to take a picture of the bumper sticker right at the stoplight! Presumably they are being shared on social media. It's wonderful to watch in your rearview mirror, especially when there's discussion between generations.
It's also a way for organizations to participate. Schools, daycares, businesses, agencies, doctors' offices, clinics, hospitals, etc. can put sets of the bumper stickers in holders and place them on counters and tables so folks can help themselves. Businesses with fleets of vehicles can put stickers on every one.
Just one will be read thousands of times!
Click on The Bumper Stickers above to see the complete list of the fifty-one bumper sticker messsages.
What the Future Holds
Advancing Parenting will in time
partner with the Advertising Council and employ increasingly impactful media to display the fifty-one parenting norms. Three in ten semi trailers have no graphics. This is because they are owned by leasing companies or owner operators who have no service or product to advertise. Advancing Parenting will partner with the manufacturers so these trailers roll off the assembly line with parenting norms on both sides. Imagine the impact of tens of thousands of these giant rolling billboards crisscrossing the U.S. day in and day out 365 days a year.
This will take millions of dollars in donations, but the return on investment and reduction in human suffering will be well worth it.
Advancing Parenting...we put parenting education in public where it belongs.
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