Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is PDEP about?
PDEP is a strengths-based program that promotes strong parent-child relationships. Children’s behavior reflects their understanding. PDEP helps parents understand how children see the world, and how that changes as they grow. Parents develop a way of thinking that can prevent many conflicts – and leads them to solutions when conflicts arise.
PDEP has two foundational pillars:
- the needs of parents all over the world to know how to manage conflict without hitting or shouting; and
- the rights of children to protection from violence, to dignity, and to participation in their learning. This program views children as full human beings with valid perspectives of their own.
2. Who is PDEP for?
PDEP is for everyone – parents, grandparents, foster parents, family support professionals, or anyone else with an interest in building healthy relationships with children. It is for anyone who cares for children from birth to 18 years of age – and for parents-to-be. However, it was designed for families with typically developing children and everyday issues, so families with more serious challenges may need additional supports.
3. How is PDEP different from other parenting programs?
PDEP does not use use rewards or punishments. Instead, it helps parents learn to problem solve, so they can teach those skills to their children. PDEP views children as learners, and parents as mentors. It is based on research showing that long-term learning is fostered in warm, nurturing environments that provide information, guidance and support.