The nonprofit organization, Advancing Parenting, does parenting education, but we have no classes. In fact, we don't even interact with parents. What we do is find interesting and perhaps more effective ways of sharing parenting wisdom with everyone. Our goal is to improve the overall quality of parenting in communities and thereby reduce child abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, and other problems that stem from unsupportive and harmful parenting.
We began with fifty-one bumper stickers that communicate parenting behaviors and practices generally recognized as supporting the healthy development of children. Turns out they're wonderfully effective. At stoplights drivers and passengers point, nod, and smile. Conversations begin and often a phone is used to take a picture of the bumper sticker.
Businesses, schools, doctors' offices, agencies, and organizations can participate by putting the stickers in holders and placing them on counters and tables so folks can choose one or more for their cars.
We have requests from across the U.S. and Canada for tens of thousands of the stickers. The requests come from child abuse prevention councils, family resource centers, and individuals. Sadly, the requests are just sitting in my inbox because we haven't the funds to print them.
$20,000 will allow us to print 500 sets of the fifty-one stickers and purchase the holders for them.
Visit our website, www.advancingparenting.org. Use a computer...our site is not optimized for phones.