10 Ways to Get Parenting Lessons

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Have you ever caught yourself wishing that kids came with an instruction manual? You’re not alone. You may think, as many parents do, that you’re supposed to have all the answers, so you’re too embarrassed to ask the questions. Take heart. Not everything about parenting comes instinctively and, as luck would have it, there’s no shortage of places to go to find those answers. Most of these resources are also court-approved for satisfying certain legal requirements as described below. Here then is a list of ten ways that you can get parenting lessons:

  1. Parenting.comOne of the most comprehensive websites for parents on the internet. Here you can find advice and information on everything from fertility to single parenting. The community section includes a forum where parents can share stories and advice as well.
  2. Active Parenting™ PublishersA full library of parenting books for every stage of childhood, and every family situation. There’s a very helpful test available which reveals your individual parenting style. It’s a useful tool in determining what parenting aids are best suited to you. Links to find local and online parenting classes are provided as well.
  3. Parent Road InterventionsParent Road provides court-ordered counseling and parenting classes for clients of social workers, attorneys, and patients of mental health professionals. Professionals can also receive training through this website.
  4. ParentingChoice.comOffers a 4-hour certification course which is accepted in courts nationwide to satisfy the requirements of the Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course that many states require for divorce.
  5. Fight 4 KidsOperated by Parent Road, this non-profit organization offers a full spectrum of online tools for parents looking for answers. Apart from court-ordered counseling, there are tools and professionals available who can provide assistance on topics such as drug/alcohol abuse and anger management.
  6. Online Parent Class™Self-paced, computer-based courses ranging from a 4-hour parenting class to an advanced 16-hour class. These classes range in price from $95 to $295, and are available to anyone who wishes to enhance their parenting skills or broaden their knowledge base.
  7. Parenting OnlineOffered by Nathalie Kretzmann, M.S., the parenting courses are short, inexpensive, and focus on maintaining loving, healthy relationships with your children as well as emphasizing child responsibility. The courses are divided into two series: Raising Happy Children and Raising Happy Teens.
  8. FamilyDoctor.orgSponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, this site offers free advice and guidance on parenting. Learn tips for more effective parenting, how to parent twins, even tips on hiring and training a babysitter.
  9. KidsHealth.orgParenting advice on children’s health issues, teaching your child;a section that tackles tough topics like how to deal with bullying, etc. Other areas include pregnancy and newborns, nutrition and fitness, emotions and behavior, and general health.
  10. Centers for Disease Control And PreventionThe CDC website has sections for parental advice concerning every stage of child development, from infants to teens, Topics range from health and safety to behavioral issues,. Parents can search for answers on whatever topic concerns them via the site’s browse-by-topic listing.

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