What is Parenting Education?

Parenting education is a process of gaining knowledge and skills that parents need to fulfill their role. Parents learn how to establish and maintain a close, nurturing, emotional bond with their children; foster healthy cognitive, physical and social/emotional development in their children; and teach the information and skills that children need to thrive.

Practitioners and professionals in the field of parenting education include:

  • Parenting educators
  • Family life educators
  • Family life and parent coaches
  • Family Science professionals
  • Marriage and family therapists

. . . and other family service providers.

Parenting Education is delivered in a variety of ways for groups or individuals which may include:

  • In-person parenting classes or workshops (one-time or several sessions)
  • Online (webinars, virtual classroom courses, individual classes, etc.)
  • Individual meetings/counseling (one-time or ongoing)
  • Facilitated parenting groups
  • Home-visits
  • Books, newsletters, journals, magazines, blogs, etc. written by qualified professionals in the field

Parenting educators use a strengths-based approach to support and empower parents to be effective decision makers and change agents for their families. Their work with parents centers on promoting positive parent-child and family relationships and family life experiences. Parenting education aims to prevent problems, and to facilitate problem-solving when issues arise.

In summary, parenting education adds tools to parents tool belts so they can skillfully and creatively enjoy their family.