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Why it Works

Research-Proven Methods

Boys Town's Common Sense Parenting ® (CSP) program stands out from the rest because our methods have been proven by research and is based on the successful Boys Town Education Model ®. The Boys Town Model ® expresses our core values and is the foundation for the services we provide. The Model delivers a consistent structure and lasting, positive results.

Our easy-to-learn techniques address issues of communication, discipline, decision-making, relationships, self-control and school success for families in all situations. Read testimonials from parents who've completed the class.

Research Summary

Early studies examined CSP results based on parent and family characteristics. Results indicated improvement in child behavior, parent attitudes, family satisfaction and parent problem-solving ability. Additionally, CSP participants reported statistically and clinically significant reductions in child behavior problems that were maintained at a three-month follow-up.

A recent evaluation of CSP was completed as part of a research project and in collaboration with the Center for At-Risk Children's Services at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Participants, many with significant risk factors, were referred to the CSP program through various sources. Results revealed statistically significant increases in positive parenting beliefs and practices, and reductions in parenting stress and parent-reported child behavior problems.

Common Sense Parenting is rated as promising by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare.

To learn more about Common Sense Parenting and the proven-research behind it, download this information.


  • "When I first joined I didn't think my son would ever change. He was way out of control, but these classes have helped me and now he's an amazing bright boy who listens now."
  • "My self-confidence as a parent has increased."
  • "The overall tools taught have worked well as to the better for my family."
  • "After completing six sessions from Boys Town California I have now gained a lot of experience on how to discipline my children."
  • "This is a great program that can be used to teach both toddlers and youths."
  • "The instructors work well together and always have positive things to say to the clients."

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