When you get a new job, you usually have to do a good amount of training before you get any real responsibility. Unfortunately, being a parent doesn't work the same way. Nobody makes you take a training course on how to raise a kid, but it's not a bad idea. That's why there are parenting classes. It's next to impossible to be good at something without practice, so why not practice your parenting skills? Whether you have a newborn or a teenager, it's never too late to try and learn effective parenting techniques.
Your own parents might have taught you effective techniques as they were raising you, which you might choose to continue as your bring up your children. Parenting classes provide you with another option. One of the benefits of parenting classes is staying up to date on the newest and most effective parenting techniques.
Parenting classes can also help take some of the mystery out of being a parent. They can teach you what to expect, effective ways to discipline and the best ways to prepare your children for school. They can also help you work through specific problems you might be having or prepare for a transition in the event of a divorce or some other unforeseen circumstance. On top of all that, parenting classes also give you an opportunity to connect with other parents who are most likely going through a lot of the same experiences as you.
Deciding to take a parenting class doesn't mean you're a bad parent. It shows you care about your family and the future of your children. For a lot more information on parenting classes, check out the links below.
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- Northern Illinois University. "Will This Divorce Affect Me?" (Accessed 12/28/09)http://www.cedu.niu.edu/~shumow/iit/DIVORCE.pdf
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- Rahh, Sherry. "Parenthood: Life After Baby." WebMD. November 19, 2008. (Accessed 12/28/09)http://www.webmd.com/parenting/guide/parenting-life-after-baby?page=2
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