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The Parent 'N' Me course at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is for parents who wish to observe the competency of their 2- to 6-month-old infants, encouraging an infant-oriented environment that allows the infants to become attentive, active, exploring individuals who reward themselves in the mastery of new tasks. The course allows the infant to become an active participant rather than a passive recipient during self-help activities such as diapering and feeding. The 8-week course pairs each parent with an early childhood Fitchburg College student, allowing the student to observe and help care for the mother's infant. Student-infant and parent-infant interactions are videotaped and later observed by the class. The course shows parents: (1) how to observe, understand, respect, and enjoy the individuality of each infant; (2) what to expect of their infants at any given stage of development; (3) how to set up an infant-oriented environment at home; (4) how to synchronize infants' needs and wants with parents' needs and wants; and (5) when to intervene and not intervene in the infants activities. (Introductions from the instructor and early childhood students, course participant testimonials, and course observations are included.) (MDM)

Descriptors: Child Development, Higher Education, Infant Behavior, Infants, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Counseling, Parent Education, Parent Role, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions

Author: Suskind, Diane


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