Who needs parenting classes?

When you are pregnant, childbirth classes are the norm. Expectant parents attend childbirth classes to learn what to expect during labor and delivery. 

Regardless of the choices you’ll make about where to deliver or medications to use during delivery, attending childbirth classes is one of those things most everyone does to prepare for birthing a baby.

Immediately after the birth, whether recovering in a hospital, a birthing center, or at home, follow-up visits by nurses or doulas will include discussions of lactation, bathing a newborn, and typical sleep patterns during the early days and weeks.

Many new parents buy a book or two from the myriad books that have been written to help new parents care for their newborns over the coming months. But sometimes, there is a stigma around parenting classes. While childbirth classes are the norm for most pregnant women, once home, attending parenting classes is sometimes seen as something done only by people who struggle with parenting.

Everybody can benefit

But the reality is, parenting classes are designed to support all parents, not just those who feel like they are struggling.

Parenting classes provide a community for parents, both new and seasoned, to come together with others who are in the same stages of parenting. In parenting classes, parents have the opportunity to hear how others are handling situations that are familiar, to learn new approaches when something isn’t working for their family, and reassure them that what they are going through might not be that unusual.

NPEN, the National Parenting Education Network, explains the benefit of parenting education thus:

Parenting education empowers parents’ confidence and competence.

At the Parenting Success network, we believe that parenting classes are for every parent.

The Parenting Success Network is a coalition of organizations in Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties that have come together to support and encourage parents with children from birth to 18 years of age. A primary component of this support is offering the opportunity for parents to join together in workshops and classes. 

Parenting Success Network

Classes vary in focus. Some are specific to parenting for different ages, like Live & Learn with your Wobbler, for parents of children 9-18 months, or Living with Your Middle Schooler for parents of young teens. 

Others focus on specific parenting topics, like co-parenting and parenting a child on the autism spectrum. 

No matter where you feel you are on the parenting success spectrum, joining with other parents for community and support will strengthen your parenting.

Parenting classes are for everyone. Because all parents can benefit from the support and community found in workshops and classes led by trained parenting education professionals. 

Take a look at the programs being offered and sign up for some parenting support today.

 

Lynne Brown is a freelance writer, former Montessori teacher, and mom to seven amazing kids, some of whom now have kids of their own. She loves writing on parenting and early childhood education. You can learn more about her at www.lynnebrownwriting.com.