Child Personal Care Training and Skill Building for Parents
Teaching Parents Important Life Skills for Short and Long Term Care of their Child
(Eight-hour Session (8.0 Hours) 2 Day Class)
As the majority of the parents that utilize our current services seek to transition from supervised parenting time to unsupervised parenting time and/or monitored exchange, we have discovered that the “unfamiliarity” of knowing how to confidently and properly provide short term care for the child or children, can be challenging and overwhelming for the parent. For many parents, this will be a totally new experience, especially for those parents who have been absent in the child’s life or have not seen or had physical contact with the child for quite some time. In an effort to make the transition positive, Children’s Rights Council now offers “Child Personal Care” training for these parents, as well as, “Skill Building” to assist parents who have reached this point of transition or who are moving toward transitioning.
Typically, the transition from supervised parenting time to unsupervised parenting time and/or monitored exchange would be for the weekend or some other short extension of time. There could also be times when the stay could extend for a longer period. In these instances, the non-custodial party would be responsible for the well-being of the child. Responsibilities could include sending the child to school, picking the child up from school, assisting with homework assignments/reading or other activities, preparing nutritional meals, personal care, encouraging exercise, and social skills, just to name a few. In other words, the non-custodial party would be responsible for maintaining the child’s level or ability of care. Children will do their best if parents help them develop practical skills now when in their care or even following the child’s home routine for which they are familiar.
Where to Start: (Infants, Childhood, Adolescents)
Listed are a few of the topics that will be covered during this training:
- How to properly prepare age appropriate food and food safety
Feeding / Meal Preparation / Nutrition
- Crib Safety (monitoring the infant when asleep)
- Dental hygiene
- Bedtime Safety (appropriate bed size and height, etc.)
- CPR (Specific to age groups)
- Child Safety (when a child is choking or sustains an injury, etc.)
- How to properly child proof your home
- Car Safety (the importance of car seats and child restraints)
- Personal Hygiene: How to properly and appropriately bathe a child
- Dress: Ensuring that your child is dressed appropriately according to the weather
- Grooming: Brushing/combing the child’s hair (parents will be taught easy and presentable hair care techniques)
- When a child should see his/her Pediatrician:
How and when to administer medications
Medical (how to take a temperature, when to call physician, how to care for cuts
and bruises, skin irritations, etc.
Skin irritations rashes, etc.)
- Education: age appropriate learning material, story time, assisting with homework, assisting with projects (CRC will also assist any parent who needs assistance in this area with community resources, etc.)
- Exercise (safe outdoor activities, exploring nature)
- Socializing (play dates, movies, dinner dates, etc.)
- To help the non-custodial parent maintain a sense of consistency in relation to the child’s normal day and home routine.
- To help the non-custodial parent safely and properly care for the child while in their custody with confidence
- To ensure the child’s mental and physical safety while in their home
- To help the non-custodial parent experience those important milestones in the child’s life
- To make the child and parent feel comfortable as they embark upon a new journey
And most of all:
- To bond and build a lasting relationship between the child and parent
Children’s Rights Council will provide various informational and educational workshops, as well as,” hands-on” activities during the trainings.
Dates, Time and Location of Training: TBD