Why do I need parenting education?
Parenting is the most important and challenging job any of us can have and there isn’t a training manual or an online tutorial; kids simply don’t come with instructions.
But, isn’t good parenting instinctive? Won't it be like admitting I’m a bad parent if I go to a parent education class?
Actually, a number of national studies have shown that most parents can benefit from some guidance in order to do the best job they can in raising their children.
In a study by The Pew Charitable Trusts, it states that parenting education can “strengthen a child’s ability to survive and succeed.” And isn’t that what parents want for their children?
Parenting skills are learned and parents have typically sought some sort of support in raising their children. In years past, parents found this support from their family network – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. Today, families are more mobile with many families no longer living live near extended family members.
As families have become separated by distance, the sharing of parenting wisdom has decreased. According to a survey by the National Commission on Children, 88 percent of adults believe that it is harder to be a parent today than it was for their parents and 86 percent of adults are often uncertain about what is the right thing to do in raising their children.
Anoka-Hennepin Schools Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) offers a number of parent education opportunities for families with children ages birth through grade three. These opportunities offer the support, advice, and assistance that parents want. Classes range from meeting just once to a series of sessions that build on the knowledge developed in each class.
Complete information about all parent education classes is available online or call the ECFE office at 763-506-1275.