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Can Parenting Classes Make Better Parents?

Aug 17, 2007
It is a common perception among parents that parenting is a natural thing that is a matter of instinct which parents pick up along the way and is often reinforced by the help received from family and friends. However, to get better results, parenting skills may be required that are structured and which may require parents having to take parenting classes where the approaches necessary for good parenting can be taught.

There Is More to Be Learned

Parents need to pluck up the courage and admit that they do not know all that needs to be known about effective parenting, and should welcome more information in this regard. Parenting classes will definitely provide advice as well as information to bring up children more effectively, and will teach parents what to expect of children at different ages and learn to handle their behavior problems. They will learn about the best way of disciplining the child, how to handle teenagers and get all the low-down on schools and education.

Parenting classes also afford parents the chance to meet other parents, reflect on how they are bringing up their children, think back to how they themselves were brought up, help discover new skills and also learn to manage stress and anger more effectively. It is also a place where other helpful skills such as reflective listening and techniques of positive discipline are taught.

Knowing child development will make the difference between considering parenting as a stressful, confidence-sapping and puzzling experience, and learning to enjoy children by understanding why they behave the way they do and being able to cope well with such behaviors. Parenting classes will also contribute towards positive parenting so that parents shower love, warmth, respect and learn to show consistency as well as be able to communicate well and empathize with their children, all of which have been proven to be very beneficial to child-parent relationships.

Online parenting classes are also available and they are affordable as well as convenient. There are new classes starting every week that also provide professional guidance by experts to teach parents respectful, democratic as well as non-punitive parenting styles. For a fee that is less than a single visit to a counselor, parents can take an eight lesson online parenting class and reap all the accompanying benefits such as dispensing with babysitters and not having to listen to boring lectures.

With online parenting classes, one can complete lessons at a pace of one's own choosing and the classes are self-paced, so one does not need to commit specific times for studying the lessons. With 24/7 coaching available, these classes give parent's expert guidance that helps them cope with even the most challenging of problems.
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