Many parents have spent the last two weeks home with their kids during the Holiday break. This is often a stressful, busy, yet fun time and we are left wondering what just hit us. It was interesting to listen to people over the break that were counting down the days and minutes until they could get back to work and the kids back in their appropriate schools. As we all know, parenting children successfully is the most important job a person can have and the most difficult.
If you have been left bewildered and anxious about your children’s behavior, taking a parenting class is a great solution. Your parenting style is key to raising well-balanced, positive and respectful children. You may have grown up in a household with an Authoritarian parenting style with strict control and harsh discipline, and have gone the other way by lavishing a Permissive parenting style with your own kids. Parenting classes help you to learn about different styles and identify which one fits best for you and your family. The caregiver will also learn how to use assertive communication with their kids to be absolutely clear about what is expected, stress and anger management, conflict resolution, boundary setting and the best ways to reward and discipline. Most of all, parenting classes help teach parents to avoid typical parenting mistakes that we all fall into.
The idea of taking a parenting class might sound nice, but you’re probably thinking that you can barely manage your kid’s schedules, let alone adding in a class for yourself. One ideal way to start learning and implementing effective parenting skills right now is to take a 6-hour parenting class online. Online classes take away the stress of having to drive across town to make a scheduled classroom time, by allowing the client to stay in the comfort of their own home! Online parenting classes can be taken from any computer with Internet access in your family room, local coffee house or at work during lunch. Once you register, they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at your convenience. All materials are completely online so you don’t need to worry about printing anything out. You simply read through the course material on the screen in front of you and take short multiple-choice quizzes and a final exam to ensure you understand the material.
With the sophistication and popularity of the Internet, high quality parenting courses are available from licensed and practicing Family Therapists with the same information you would learn in a one-on-one session or a traditional classroom. Online parenting classes like those provided by the AJ Novick Group, Inc., can also be used to fulfill court mandates for divorce or separation in many jurisdictions. Just check first with your judge to make sure he or she will accept a distance-learning course, and you are on your way. Taking the class from your computer also enables the client to have complete privacy and focus. A 6-hour class that might take 6 weeks to complete in a classroom can be finished in one day if necessary to meet a court deadline.
Take a parenting class today to gain confidence and learn new skills for 2013!