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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.


  • "I loved this class. I find myself constantly referring back to the skills we learned in class. It has changed the way that my family interacts. Thank you so much."
  • "I was taught to calm myself and my impulses. This showed me how to follow through with my consequences. The videos showed us other examples that will help me in the future. I loved this class."
  • "I enjoyed each class. It gave me clear and specific skills and examples to use with my children. In my opinion, I would not change anything. The instructor was excellent."
  • "This is the first time I have participated in a program like this and I liked it very much. I will be using all the skills with my family. The book is a great re-enforcer with examples and ideas. I loved the practices in class."
  • "This class gave me concrete tools to use in everyday life in realistic ways. Addressed real situations. Made me feel like my particular situations wasn't so uncommon which helped relieve a lot of stress."
  • Read this thank you letter from a parent who recently completed the class.

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