“Our efforts to create an online multimedia and interactive course for inmate fathers has become a reality. After a full year of background research and development, we have experienced success at transforming portions of the successful classroom-based program for online delivery. The course will provide inmate fathers with information, abilities and attitudes important in building effective parenting skills for successful family life and enjoyment of fatherhood. Topics for this initial online course will emphasize the knowledge, actions and characteristics of the successful parent and encourage more active parenting from prison and thereafter. Participants are involved in activities that prepare their attitudes and strengthen their character to improve the likelihood for success as a parent. Instruction includes lecture by audio presentations, videos, assigned web readings, worksheets, journal writing, online class discussion forums, and individualized presentations by participants. Following each class session, participants complete journal entries related to the class activities and exchange confidential dialogue with the instructor,” Dr. Capogrossi explained when reached for comment.
So, what does Akamai University’s innovative parenting education program for Incarcerated Fathers offer?
Here a few notes taken from lesson introductions:
“WHAT IS A SUCCESSFUL PARENT AND HOW CAN I BECOME ONE?”
We are not naturally born parents. Most of us just seem to fall into the role, sometimes by “accident”. Learning to be a successful parent is a difficult matter that takes a continuing lifelong commitment and well thought out actions. Parents must understand that as adults we have both effective and ineffective character traits, some adding to our success and some lead to failures. We also have habits and behaviors that can help or harm our children, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is our task as parents to unlearn bad habits from our younger years and make the needed changes toward effective parenting. We also need to recognize the fact that parents cannot raise their children in isolation. Parents should seek support and accept help and advisement in raising their children.
”THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENT-CHILD COMMUNICATION”
Nothing can be more helpful to children (or more damaging) than the words of their parents. Think back to your own childhood for a moment. Do you remember times when you were publicly embarrassed or ridiculed by an adult close to you? If you are anything like me, you can remember times when an adult’s words harmed you. How did it make you feel at the time? Imagine a childhood filled with those types of episodes. What kind of adult would emerge from such maltreatment as a child?
“HELPING YOUR CHILD BUILD A HEALTHY SELF-IMAGE WITH EFFECTIVE DISCIPLINE”
Our kids may seem well adjusted within the safety of our home and family life, but they face many threats from their peer group and difficulties within the school and neighborhood environment. It is best to send them out into the world with a positive self-image and strong self-esteem. Your children’s emotional health is directly related to their happiness and social success, and their security. Their emotional well-being will have vital and long-lasting effects on all aspects of their lives. It is vital to their later success in the world-of-work, their family lives, and for most other endeavors throughout their lives. It also impacts your long term happiness as a parent.
“SUCCESSFULLY CHANGING YOUR CHILD’S BEHAVIOR”
Controlling our child’s behavior is an important part of parenting. As we try to change their negative behaviors, some children are disciplined and as a result fall into a state of poor self-image and low self-esteem. Those feeling abused often do poorly in school, have fewer friends, and are more at risk of becoming involved in drugs, rebellious behaviors and criminal activities. Let's all try to use a firm, but fair and friendly style of discipline, using rewards and praise as the fundamental way to influence our kids.
“HELPING YOUR CHILD SUCCEED AT SCHOOL“
Success at school is one element of your child’s upbringing that will absolutely impact upon their family, financial, and social success as an adult. How far they are able to progress in a career and their level of happiness in the world-of-work is in large part determined by their school experiences. As an adult, their happiness in many areas of adult life will be directly affected by how well they do in their early years at school. Your effectiveness as a parent can be a determining factor to your child’s success in school.
For further information about Akamai University’s Online Parenting Effectiveness Training Program for Incarcerated Fathers, contact:
Douglass Capogrossi, Ph.D.
193 Kino`ole Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720 USA
Telephone: (808) 934-8793
Facsimile: (808) 443-0445