Parent Education And Baby Education Are Perfect Companions
Looking after a baby (and later raising a child) requires a lot of use of instinct. Babies can't tell you straight what they need or what's wrong with them - therefore Moms and Dads often use their instincts (and some commonsense) when a baby is crying to figure out if it's a diaper change or a feed that's needed. But that's not to say that all parents are naturally blessed with these instincts from the moment the baby arrives - nor does it mean that parents who struggle during these early years are bad parents. Your parenting instincts or lack thereof are influenced by a large number of factors, including your own upbringing and experiences as a child. For example, if you were spanked as a child, your tendency with your own children may be to spank them as a form of discipline, however, many child development experts now say that physical punishments are not as effective as behavioral psychology methods such as the "time out." If you want to start using a time out system with your kids you may need some help or guidance - this is just one area in which a parent education course may come in useful to you.
Parent Education Programs
Parent education programs are organized by a number of different bodies concerned with the welfare of children and families in the United States. Some of these are private bodies, some are children's charities, while some courses are run by public bodies such as the US Administration for Children and Families. The actual teaching and meetings take place in community centers, pediatrics clinics, or just about anywhere where a course leader decides to set up a program. For parents who can't travel because of work or childcare commitments, there are online courses which can be studied from home as long as you have a computer and an internet connection. Many of these courses provide certification.
Who Takes A Parent Education Program?
For some people, taking a parenting course is taboo - it's like admitting in front of others that you need help being a good parent to your kids, which is something we pressure ourselves to be naturally good at. It's true, that you may meet other parents on such courses who have been instructed to attend by a judge or social services, because of problems in their family situation. However, you'll also meet people who have come voluntarily, not because they feel their kids are suffering in any way, but simply because they want to know the latest information on the best parenting methods, and if there's any area in which they can improve. Basically, as soon as you join the class, you'll realize that everyone's there for the same reason, so there's no need to feel nervous or embarrassed.
Parent Education Websites
If you want to know what to expect on a parent education course, check out some parent education articles online. You'll find sites detailing the course program for courses that are actually taught in a group setting in a classroom somewhere, and sites for the online courses mentioned above. In either case, here are some of the parenting topics that will probably be covered:
- The stages of child development and what to expect from your child as he gets grows up
- Information on your child's schooling and tips for supporting his educational development
- How to respond to and reduce bad behavior from your child
- How best to interact with teenagers and adolescents
- How to manage your own emotions and anger as a parent in moments of tiredness and frustration
Baby education courses (also called early learning courses) can be a fun way to bond with your infant. These courses are primarily about improving early child development skills (hand eye coordination, building strength in your baby's limbs, etc). Some courses even teach young babies how to read. Parents and babies attend these courses together, so some classes teach not only babies, but also include some parenting education tips along the way.
Quotes For Parents On Education
A source of inspiration and (on the difficult days) of hope and laughter are the many quotes on parenting and education you'll find online (but sometimes you can buy books of quotes in bookstores too). Parenting is probably the biggest and most rewarding challenge that a human being can go through, so it's little wonder that philosophers, spiritual leaders, politicians, artists and even comedians have had a lot to say about parenting and raising children over the years.