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What is Parenting Education?

Parenting education provides parents additional knowledge and skills to improve their parenting 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 empowers parents' confidence and competence.

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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