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Written by Joseph Lao, Ph.D.   
Monday, 20 December 2010 09:58


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  • It is difficult to overestimate the importance of parents. Each of us is influenced directly by our own parents and indirectly by the parents of every person we interact with. Because the influence of a parent extends far beyond their own home, we at ADC International believe that helping people become better parents is one of the most important things we can do.
  • The goals of our program on parental expertise are consistent with the general goals of ADC International. They include the conduct of research into the nature of expertise in parenting, the assessment of that expertise, and the nurture of expertise through collaboration with individuals and interested corporate, government, and nongovernmental entities.
  • The first phase of this process has already begun. ADC International has assembled a highly qualified Advisory Group including nationally recognized experts in the areas of Developmental Psychology, Health Care, Adult Education, and Social Work. With their guidance, and the collaboration of nongovernmental entities, we have begun the American phase of an international study of the nature of expertise in the area of parenting. It is hoped that the information collected through this study leads directly to the identification of those skills that are most important for distinguishing between novice and expert parenting. In addition, the results of this study are expected to shed light on cross cultural similarities and differences in the skills thought to be relevant to high quality parenting. Thus, an additional goal of this study is to identify common concerns cutting across different parental contexts and cultures and confirming our common susceptibility to parental influences.
  • Once we identify the most important skills of parenting we can develop tests to measure those skills. This will lead to the most important phase of ADC International’s program of parental expertise, the development of sustainable ways to nurture that expertise. As we gain knowledge about the skills of parenting we will be in a constantly improving position to develop ways to help people develop those skills. Accordingly, we will collaborate with interested entities to develop and provide training to individual parents. As we accomplish these goals, the benefits of training will accrue not only to the children of the world, but also to the many people they interact with, throughout their lifetimes. Ultimately, not only the children will benefit, so will the rest of humanity
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