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What is Parenting Education?

Parenting education provides parents additional knowledge and skills to improve their parent skills. Parents learn how to establish and maintain a close, nurturing, emotional bond with their children and to foster healthy cognitive, physical and social/emotional development in their children, teaching the information and skills that children need to thrive. Parenting education aims to help parents develop confidence and competence in their role as parents.

Parenting education is taught in many different settings: in-person classes and workshops, online, individual counseling sessions, facilitated groups, home visits, or books/blogs/newsletters/magazines/websites written by qualified professionals.

Who Provides Parenting Education?

Parenting education may be provided by any of the following professional fields:

  • Parenting education
  • Family life education
  • Parent coaching
  • Family life coaching
  • Social work
  • Family science
  • Psychology
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Health care
  • Education 

. . . and other family service and mental health providers.

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