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Q&A: Kinds of parenting classes?

Besides childbirth classes, what kinds of classes are available for soon-to-be new parents? And what are the best ones to take?

Re: Besides childbirth classes, what kinds of classes are available for soon-to-be new parents? And what are the best ones to take?

The Bump Expert

There are tons of parenting classes out there, but be sure to shop around to get the right fit for you. The best way to start searching? Reach out to your doc and ask for a good recommendation. Any good OB is bound to have a few contacts in this department. Friends with kids are another great source of recommendations. Then, ask yourself what exactly you’re looking to learn, how you pick up information best, and last (but definitely not least) what you’re willing to spend.

Most schools offer some form of parenting courses, so check out local community college and see if they have anything good in the upcoming semester. Don’t think that this means you’ll be heading back to school and writing papers -- some colleges offer one-session seminars on parenting that are either free or require only a minimal fee.

If you don’t want to go out and take a class (or simply don’t have the time), there are plenty of opportunities online to take courses in positive parenting. Google around to find one that’s right for you, but just be aware that these kinds of courses might cost you a few hundred bucks.

If that doesn’t work, check out your local hospital, library, or community center to see if the town sponsors any free classes or seminars. Finally, if a parenting class just isn’t your thing,but you still want to work on honing your skills, visit your local book store and check out the childcare/parenting section to find a good book with great tips.

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Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Kinds of parenting classes?

I asked a teacher what kind of classes I can find and she told me to come to the school because they have a lot of information about this. We also talked about my daughter`s studying habits and some other things, I never thought that school offer parenting courses, when I asked about the price the teacher laughed and told me they are free.

amyabel68 |

Q&A: Kinds of parenting classes?

For starters, if you're into classes for soon-to-be-parents, I'd suggest a breastfeeding class, as well. These will teach you how to properly nurture your child. Later on, when he'll grow up, I've understood there are some great courses that teach a parent how to help his child get better grades. I can't wait to see what's with that.

CheyanneEdith |

Q&A: Kinds of parenting classes?

As one with a degree in nursing, I'd suggest taking courses that discuss the baby safety's issue. I've heard about a lot of parents who didn't know that the edges of the furniture must be covered with a fluffier material, like sponge, for example, so the kid won't bump his head when he starts walking.

KumaraKama |

Q&A: Kinds of parenting classes?

It depends on what you need and want to learn. Frankly, when I was pregnant, I wanted to become a city manager so I could have more money for my toddler. It was like a craving on a psychological level. Or maybe just a lot of stress gathered over the months.

LindsaySkye |