Loving may be instinctual, but skills are developed. From the prenatal period through adulthood, parents can continually learn skills and gain insights that improve relationships, optimize each other’s growth and development, and create family well-being, even during difficult transitions.
Each component of the parental role raises new questions for parents. Parenting education programs provide parents with ways of searching out answers.
Nurturing First RelationshipsParents and children form children’s first relationships and influence of these first relationships last through the child’s life.1,2 “…safe, stable and nurturing relationships are essential to children’s healthy development.”3
Have you, as a parent, been able to establish and maintain that close relationship?
Parents are their children’s first teacher. From birth onward, parents communicating with their children and offering interesting environments for them to explore builds the architecture of children’s brains.4,5
Parenting education provides opportunities for exploring such issues.
The parent role includes keeping children safe. 6,7,8
Parenting education sessions can help parents identify possible sources of danger and experts on specific topics related to safety can give you the tools to best protect your child without severely limiting their activities.
Providing For a Child's Needs
Parents provide for their children’s physiological needs — including nutritious meals, good sleep habits, safe housing, suitable clothing, and opportunities for exercise.9,10
Talking with parenting educators and other parents often opens up ideas for answering their child’s needs including promoting healthy eating habits and exercise.