If you are brave enough to admit that you don't know absolutely everything there is to know about parenting and want more information and support, then parenting classes may be for you.
When they become parents, people think they are supposed to just know what to do. In reality, most people parent the way they were raised and what they learned from watching other parents.
Loving your child comes naturally to most parents, but everyone faces challenges during the course of a child's life. There will be times when your sweet baby will not sleep, your 2-year-old has his first tantrum or your teen will not get up for school.
Skills such as reflective listening and positive discipline can be taught and learned. Learning parenting skills can help you discover why your children act the way they do and what is normal and what is not. Learning about the benefits of being consistent, using good communication skills and empathy will help decrease behavior problems in children.
In parenting classes through Marathon County Family Resource Centers, we give information on what to expect at each age, how to handle behavioral problems, stress management, structure and routine, building self-esteem and nutrition. Parents also get to meet other parents who are going through the same issues that they are. In class you can reflect on the way that you were parented and decide what you want to change and what should stay the same.
Marathon County is fortunate to have a program for parents of children younger than age 5 called Start Right. Whether it's to have a healthy baby, to manage your child's behavior or to see play as learning, Start Right is here for you. Parents are their children's first teacher, and Start Right can help you be their best teacher.
Start Right and other parenting classes are free at the Family Resource Center.
No one said parenting is easy. In fact it's the most challenging job out there. Take the time to learn all you can. There is no single way to parent your child. Try a parenting class; you'll be glad you did.
For more information on parenting classes, call the Marathon County Family Resource Center at 715- 845-6747.