There are some folks who believe that a parenting class is for someone who is a bad parent or who doesn’t know how to take care of a child. In fact, parenting classes have the potential to benefit any parent at any stage of parenting, from infants to teenagers. This is partly why so many Community Education classes are geared toward parenting and are well attended by people from all walks of life.
A parenting class is the perfect choice for the parents of a new baby. Even those who have had children before sometimes forget that no two children are the same and babies take a great deal of work. In such a parenting class, safety issues can be discussed, infant sleeping habits, crying behaviors and infant nutrition. Parenting classes for infants are much more than just diapering classes. Parents of all ages can feel more secure in their infant knowledge when taking these classes.
Another parenting class would be a great idea for parents of toddlers and preschoolers. Parents can learn about toilet training issues, speech and development issues, and issues of sibling rivalry. The parents can learn what is normal and what is not normal behavior in their toddler or preschooler. They can learn ways to teach their child what he or she will need for entrance into preschool or kindergarten. They can discover which the best safe and age-appropriate toys are for children of the different ages. Toilet training is especially difficult and is not the same for every child. Parents can learn tips and tricks for the best toilet training.
A parenting class for grade school children is often overlooked. Children seem to do relatively well at this age and parents often feel that things are going smoothly. This is a good time, however, to set the foundation for helping children learn. Learning problems are often diagnosed in this age group and parents need to be just as aware of the potential for problems as teachers do. Parents of school age kids need to know what is normal and what is abnormal behavior and about the different learning styles children have. Rather than simply letting the child go to school, they need to learn how to be active in the child’s learning process so the child learns at his or her very best.
Finally, a parenting class for parents of teens should be a requirement for all parents of twelve year-olds. This is the age when many teen behaviors begin and continue through the rest of the teen years. Parents need to learn about teen self esteem, teen sexuality, drug and alcohol abuse and how to help their teen plan for their future. Issues around good study habits are also important as are issues about teen relationships.
A good parenting class addresses the needs of parents who know something about parenting their child but want to do the very best possible job at parenting than they can. These can be bright, well-to-do parents or teenage parents. The point is to give the advice in a timely fashion to interested parents who need to know the complexities of raising children and want to learn more about how to do it well.