Parenting Wisely – Young Child Edition

Mental Health In-home Parent Skill-Based Does Not Currently Meet Criteria

Parenting Wisely – Young Child Edition is an interactive computer-based program that aims to improve parenting skills, reduce child behavioral problems, and enhance relationships between parents and their children. The self-administered program guides parents through problem scenarios, question and answer sessions, and quizzes. The problem scenarios cover common family issues such as homework compliance, telephone interruptions, morning/bedtime routine, behavior in public, and peer/sibling conflict. Parents watch video enactments related to these problem scenarios. Each video enactment presents multiple possible solutions that have varying levels of effectiveness. The program is designed to help parents evaluate the effectiveness of each solution through an interactive question and answer session. These sessions highlight the parenting skills used in the video enactments and provide further information on beneficial parenting behavior. Parents complete quizzes at the end of each problem scenario and then advance to other problem scenarios.

Parenting Wisely – Young Child Edition does not currently meet criteria to receive a rating because no studies met eligibility criteria for review.

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed: Oct 2021


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Target Population

Parenting Wisely – Young Child Edition is designed for families with children 3 to 11 years old.


Parents complete Parenting Wisely – Young Child Edition at their own pace. All problem scenarios can be completed in 3 to 5 hours. It is recommended that the program be completed within a 4-week period. Parents are encouraged to review the program materials twice within a 6-month period.

Location/Delivery Setting
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings

Parenting Wisely – Young Child Edition is delivered online. Parents can access the program directly through any computer, tablet, or mobile phone with internet access.

Education, Certifications and Training

Parenting Wisely – Young Child Edition is a computer-based intervention and is not delivered by a practitioner.

Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review

Gordon, D. A. (2012). Parenting Wisely – Young child edition [Online software]. Family Works, Inc.

Available languages

Materials for Parenting Wisely – Young Child Edition are available in English and Spanish.

Other supporting materials

Parenting Wisely – Young Child Edition Demo

Contact Information for Developers


Phone: (740) 594-2502


Results of Search and Review Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for Parenting Wisely – Young Child Edition
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