My Life-Plan for Parenting - Discussion Guide

9780988424029: My Life-Plan for Parenting - Discussion Guide

Empowering teens to make healthy choices, this Discussion Guide provides teachers and parents with tools to help their teens plan for their future. It is designed to be used together with the My Life-Plan for Parenting Workbook (sold separately).

The Discussion Guide describes lesson objectives, key messages, and suggested instructor dialogue. The workbook helps teens develop personal goals for their future. Teens will learn about real-life challenges involving their choices. Topics such as relationships, the perils of teen parenting, preconception health, budgeting, child safety, shaken baby syndrome, preventing child abuse, human development, and discipline are presented in teen-friendly language.

This innovative curriculum provides pre-parenting education to the people who need it most our youth and at the time they need it most before they conceive our next generation of children. Instead of preaching what not to do, the curriculum invites teens to apply new-found knowledge as they shape their personal goals. All content is science-based and accommodates cultural, religious, and socioeconomic differences.

Both publications are components of the Healthy Foundations for Future Families curriculum, a program that has been conducted by Education for Successful Parenting (ESP) since 2008. Actual pages from teen workbooks provide rare insights into teen perspectives. In addition, the appendices of the Discussion Guide include a wealth of supportive information tips and hints for parents and teachers, group activities, resources, a certificate of workbook completion for teens, and more. Reviewed by a broad cross-section of professionals and parents, the Discussion Guide has received enthusiastic endorsement.

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About the Author:

Inspired by her work with children and adolescents, and drawing upon her 25 years experience in health information research, Ms. Rubenstein has crafted this workbook to guide all teens to make healthy life choices before they form their future family.

Ms. Rubenstein's prior career activities included health information and research work with the Center for Healthcare Information, The Health Data Institute, and the RAND Corporation. She also holds an MS in Public Health from UCLA, and a BA from the University of Illinois. Her experience as a foster parent of 10 children has also provided Ms. Rubenstein with valuable insights into the challenges of children and families, and enabled her to create a preventive solution through education.

Randi Rubenstein founded Education for Successful Parenting (ESP) as a nonprofit organization in 2008 to offer pre-parenting education to teenagers and young adults, and improve the well-being of future children and families. In addition to serving teens, ESP offers educational programs for parents of teens, pregnant and parenting teens, foster youth and their caregivers, and professionals who work with adolescents. To receive e-news and updates, bulk purchase discounts, and free technical support for your program, can contact Education for Successful Parenting. Proceeds from workbook sales support ESPs vital work.


I wish all High Schools would make this a mandatory program. None of us grew up with making a conscious choice of when and how to become a parent and what kind of parent to be. No one teaches parenting until you are one. The forethought that goes into your program and that the kids are learning will be a boon to our society. --Marti Eisenberg, parent of teens

An excellent program to help teens think about their future and the ways having children will impact their goals. I love how the My Life-Plan for Parenting - Discussion Guide has examples of worksheets from youth who have used the accompanying Workbook. Just about every youth in the U.S. takes drivers education, but so few have the opportunity to participate in good parent education like this, which could make such a difference in the future of this country. I wholeheartedly endorse this excellent program. --Dr. Andrew Behnke PhD CFLE, associate professor at North Carolina State University department of youth, family, and community sciences

Our faculty members are very thankful we are able to offer this program every year to all our students enrolled in Healthful Living. The curriculum includes important topics which need to be addressed with all teens before they take that next step in their journey. Now that there is a My Life-Plan for Parenting - Discussion Guide, every school can begin to implement this program and educate more teens. It is very beneficial in positively guiding youth in making important life decisions. --Thomas Ferrara, healthful living instructor at Heritage High School

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