For most of our history, we humans have relied on tradition and wisdom passed down from our elders when parenting. But now there an increasing number of programs available that aim to teach parents how to parent well. Given the scope of our nation’s child-abuse epidemic, many advocates say these healthcare programs offer new options to many parents who were themselves victims of abuse.
Praising, for example is a core principle of Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program and dozens of others like it that are striving to curb child abuse through better parenting. “Many of these programs target frustrated or isolated parents who haven’t laid a finger on their kids. But others are geared toward parents who are already suspected of abuse, as well as those who are ‘at risk’ of abusing,” reports Olga Khazan.