Why Should Parents Take Parenting Classes?

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Parenting classes can make you a more well-rounded parent. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

A parenting class can give you better insight into your child so that you can become the best parent possible and they're offered for every type of parent, from the brand new mom and dad to the seasoned parents of teens. Parenting classes can help give you a better grasp on what to expect, learn more about parenting and discipline styles and help you feel more confident and in control as a parent. As the U.S. Office on Women's Health so aptly explains, "Children don't come with user manuals."

Becoming a Confident Parent

Most parenting classes help parents to understand their roles better. A new parenting class might talk about infants and their needs and safety, while a teen parenting class may focus on discipline and trust. Regardless of the age of your children, a parenting class can help you become a more confident parent as you learn strategies to stay close to your children as you raise them to be functioning members of society. Some new parents might be nervous about the impending arrival of their little one, and rightly so. A new baby brings new challenges and experiences that some parents simply aren't equipped or prepared to deal with. Adopting.org notes that parenting classes can help ease the transition into all stages of parenthood so that you know what to expect and how to handle it.

Gain Resources

If you're like some parents, the terms "attachment parenting," "Ferberizing" or "positive discipline" may be confusing to you. The terms often used when talking with other parents can leave you scratching your head and wondering. Parenting classes give the opportunity to ask questions in a safe setting and gain resources from the teachers, like books and pamphlets, so that you can choose the best parenting method based upon your own knowledge. What works for one family might not work for another and what works for one stage of your child's life may not work as well for the next stages. You can also get information about local resources that can help with parenting issues.

Make New Friends

The world of a parent can be isolating and lonely. With a child, suddenly you don't have the time to spend with your single friends. Parenting classes are an ideal way to meet other parents who are in the same walk of life. Together, you can find parenting solutions and have an opportunity to socialize with individuals who can relate to your day-to-day struggles. This can be an invaluable source of encouragement and support.

Fulfill Court Orders

At times, a judge may order a couple or individual to undergo a series of parenting classes to benefit the best interests of the children involved. In this case, parenting classes must be attended to fulfill the order. Parenting classes are sometimes requested when a divorce is ongoing and a custody battle arises, or immediately following the removal of a child from the home due to an unsafe environment, anger or abuse.

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