The reality of Covid soon hit home as hospitals closed down their birthing enters to all visitors except the father. Our Board of Directors realized a new business model was needed because, up to this point, enrollment in our Begin with the Children parenting program and its study course had been limited to parents of newborns in the birthing center.
The Board expanding its enrollment policy to include parents expecting a baby and parents with a child age 0 to 18 months. Why the limitation?
Because enrollment during the prenatal months up through age 18 months allows parents to start our study course during the all-important Nurturing Stage of Parenthood.
The enrollment policy decision was easy for the Board to make—but challenging to deliver. To safely and effectively reach eligible parents during the pandemic, we had to develop an app and then convert 70-plus months of KinderKronicle, including approximately 300 separate articles, to a smartphone format. This change of policy also meant we needed to update our website, start using social media, and hire more staff with the needed skills.
As we make these changes, we are confident that we will be able to expand our program throughout the U.S. and Canada and ultimately increase the number of families we serve.
We Are an Educational Institution
The first thing that hits parents when they bring a new life home, whether it’s their first or fifth, is a feeling of being overwhelmed. That new baby takes a lot of time and energy! Often first time parents go to the book store or online and buy a baby book. Even parents who have other children resolve, “I’m going to do it right this time.” The point is books, parenting classes, and searching the internet all requires parents to go to them. Our Begin with the Children parenting program and its study course has reversed that requirement because we come to you!
How do we do this?
We come to you each month with concise parenting information applicable to the age of your child. And, occasionally, we come to you with a “Special Report” on recent developments in the field of parenting. In addition, our study course builds on an expanding foundation of knowledge and practice as parents graduate from the nurturing stage, to the authority stage, to the interpretative stage, and so on to keep parenting compatible with their child’s developmental needs.
What does this mean?
Think in terms of arithmetic. First you learned addition, then subtraction, then basic Algebra, and so forth. When you started to read, you began with simple things, like “The cat sat on the mat,” not Aristotle. KinderKronicle starts you out with simple principles and builds upon them as you learn and grow as a parent.
We even go a step beyond a typical educational institution. When parents buy a baby book, which often can be hundreds of pages long, they will read the book with great enthusiasm, dedication, and resolve—at first. But then six months pass and the book is on the bookshelf gathering dust. Parents get busy and forget. Or they tell themselves, “I’ll read it tomorrow.” At some point, most parents say, “I wonder where I put that book.” KinderKronicle finds you once a month to ring your parenting bell and give you quick reminders of principles to focus on to help your child.
The National Academy of Medicine’s Parenting Matters Report
The Parenting Matters Report (Report) is a 524-page landmark document intended to provide guidance at a national level regarding the support of parents. It was undertaken by the National Academy of Medicine with financial support from the following influential sponsors:
The Administration for Children and Families,
Bezos Family Foundation,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
David and Lucile Packard Foundation,
U.S. Department of Education,
Foundation for Child Development,
Health Resources and Services Administration,
Heising-Simons Foundation, and
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
P The Report made 10 recommendations for establishing a national support program for parents with children ages 0-8. Recommendation # 2 reads, “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute of Education Sciences, [and] the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute…should fund research focused on developing guidance for policy makers and program administrators and managers on how to scale effective parenting programs as widely and rapidly as possible…”
The Report recognizes that “implementing…interventions to support parents” is a significant challenge. P BWC started its intervention effort in hospital birthing centers, successfully enrolling more than 9,000 families in its program by March 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic ended this approach, as having volunteers engaging with parents in hospitals will not be possible for the foreseeable future.
BWC now plans to use social media to contact and enroll parents during the prenatal time window up through their child’s 18th month.
Once enrolled, BWC’s study course addresses, among other things, the Report’s three major parenting topics of 1) parental knowledge, 2) parent attitudes, and 3) effective parenting practices. We do this through our monthly Journal of Parenthood, KinderKronicle.
In advocating for a national response, the Parenting Matters Report found that it was important to involve fathers and make sure parents are treated as equal partners. P BWC bases its parenting materials on universal principles and provides multiple suggestions for ways to apply them to help a wide range of families. KinderKronicle also has a “Dad Difference” section in many issues specifically addressing and including fathers, and constantly acknowledges that parents are a child’s first and best teachers.
In a nutshell, the Begin with the Children parenting program meets the core objectives outlined in the Parenting Matters Report, fits the parameters of many of its recommendations, and helps support parent and child development throughout childhood.
Six Stages of Parenthood
Mrs. Galinsky has written more than 100 books and reports. Mrs. Galinsky has presented on work family issues at White House conferences, and is the recipient of numerous awards. According to her official bio on the Mind in the Making website, where she is the executive director, “her life’s work focuses on identifying critical emerging societal questions, conducting research to seek answers and turning the findings to action…her studies and her work with leading researchers are designed to provide rigorous data to guide our lives.”
What We Do
When your child starts kindergarten, you enter the Interpretive Stage of parenting. One of the main tasks of this stage is to interpret the world to your child. This is when you ramp up your efforts to teach character virtues and noble values, when you explain the world to your child, and when you focus on helping them create a moral center. You are your child’s earliest and most important and influential teacher. As a parent, you are tasked with protecting them from unwanted influences while exposing them to positive role models, good principles, and empathy for others. The Begin with the Children program emphasizes the importance of teaching essential virtues and noble values to your children, especially during the ages of 5 to 9 years old when a parent's influence is strongest.
As the primary vehicle for conveying monthly parenting material to our enrolled parents, elements of KinderKronicle have been discussed in We Are Needed and About Us – We Are Unique sections of this website.
Our KinderKronicle prenatal issues cover the Image Making Stage of parenthood, Months 1 through Month 22 provide information for the Nurturing Stage, Months 23 through 59 for the Authority Stage, Months 60 through Month 144 for the Interpretative Stage, and Months 145 through 204 for the Interdependent Stage.
The National Academy of Medicine’s landmark 524-page published report titled Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0 – 8 strongly advocates for a national/universal parenting program. Our Begin with the Children parenting program’s study course responds to that need in a user-friendly, “bite sized” way. If one orders a five-course meal in a nice restaurant, it would not be eaten in one bite. We view parenting as a “six course meal” that takes 17 years to consume.
There follows Month 49 as a sample issue of monthly KinderKronicle issues:
We Are Unique
There is a ton of parenting information available, ranging from hundreds of parenting book to millions of websites. There’s also Aunt Martha’s advice and the experiences of the family down the block along with community and home study parenting courses. Unfortunately, much of the parenting information out there is based on opinion rather than careful research, so it can be difficult to figure out where to find reputable parenting information.
The material used in KinderKronicle is carefully distilled from the ocean of parenting information available. For the most part, we limit our source material to published research from reliable organizations or recognized experts. We also pay attention to age-tested principles that have been used in societies that have existed for millennia. For example, there are enduring parenting principles that date back to Socrates and his student Aristotle—and even further to Biblical times.