Why do I need a Parenting Class? I’m not a “bad parent”.
Parenting classes are not for bad parents. They are for good parents who want to be great parents. A parenting class can help you learn new skills while you share your experiences with others in your group. It is a place to ask questions and learn new skills.
Help! I opened my mouth and my mother (or father) came out.
We learn to parent by being parented. If you grew up with perfect parents you probably have wonderful parenting skills. Please come share them with others. Most of us were raised by parents who were good loving people with strengths and weaknesses. In parenting class we learn how to improve on the skills our parents were weak in.
Why do our children do what they do? What were they thinking? How can I get them to listen? How many times do I have to tell them something before they do it? How can I help my children grow up to be responsible adults? Is spanking wrong? Does time out work?
These are questions every parent asks at least some of the time. In parenting class we use the program Systematic Training for Effective Parenting to answer these and other questions. We share experiences with other parents in a confidential accepting environment. We form support systems to help each other even after class is over. Young parents remind older parents what it is like to be a teen. Experienced parents teach new parents how to care for babies and toddlers. We share our successes and frustrations offering each other empathy and support.
What are the topics covered in parenting class?
Mustard Seed offers a 10 week parenting class titled “Empowering Healthy Families.” Topics covered each week are:
- Understanding Yourself and your child
Where are my children in the various stages of development?
- Understanding Beliefs and Feelings
Family Roles & Dynamics within our family
Technology in the home
What is child abuse and neglect
Home, car, and playground safety/childproofing
- Encouraging Your Child and Yourself
The Importance of Education
- Listening, Talking and Playing with your child
What is quality time
- Budget and Nutrition
Making a working budget for your family
Eating for good health
- Problem Solving Skills
- Discipline: Video examples
Rewards and Consequences that work/setting limits
- Choosing Your approach
- Family Night – Graduation and receiving of certificate