Where to Find a Parenting Educator or Parenting Education Program/Resource

There are several ways to find parenting education in your community.

Fifty years ago one looked for a parenting program in the telephone book. Telephone books on the whole no longer exist.

Perhaps the most common and easiest way to find parenting education resources is to ask friends or professionals in the field such as teachers and pediatricians.

Other places to inquire about parenting education programs are community agencies such as: religious organizations, courts, public and private schools, libraries, mental health providers, public health and social services departments, University Cooperative Extension programs, hospitals, senior centers, family resource centers, businesses and employers, and professional affiliate groups.

Parents now, of course, also have the option of searching the internet. Look for information about available parenting programs in your area, search topics concerning a specific need, go to a community or faith group’s website, or find a parenting blog. In general, searches can be for: parenting education, parenting education classes online, specific ages of children or specific issues.

Finding a professional parenting education provider or resource can be daunting at first but it will quickly become exciting as you discover ways that meet your preferences. In most communities, one can find a wonderful range of choices

Parenting education programs and resources tend to come with options and details to consider. Following are a few criteria a person might use to decide what information or resources to follow:

For what age children is the information relevant?

For example, the most up-to-date childbirth and newborn care education course is not relevant for parents of a toddler. And, for example, a detailed problem-solving technique for helping an eight-year-old deal with conflict would not be appropriate for a two-year-old.

Does the content address the parents’ issues?  

For example, strategies for parents of adult children going away to college aren’t relevant to adult children who are facing issues of taking care of elderly parents. Or, addressing conflict between siblings isn’t relevant for parents of one child.

Does the information propose to help family members better understand the situation and develop new skills for dealing with it?

For example, behavioral issues with a child of parents going through a divorce may have a different cause than with a child whose parents are not going through a divorce.

Examples of other specialty areas that may influence searching and selecting a parenting education resource are:

  • Does the family wish to attend a family education program together with their adolescents who have started to exhibit different behavior patterns or does the family prefer to attend a program for parents only?
  • Parents who have experienced divorce or separation and are concerned about the effect the family transition has on its children may consider if it’s better to attend a program together as parenting partners or for each to attend separate classes.
  • For siblings responsible for their parents’ elder needs is it better for siblings to attend workshops together or separately and how can they share the information and duties productively?
  • Families experiencing a health crises may find family resources that provide educational information and other resources that provide medical or health care assistance.
  • Resources are available to help blending families (people remarrying or coupling who have children from previous relationships so that effective parenting and family management is optimally achieved.

In all, there are various times when parenting education can be useful. Searching for a program or resource is worth it so you can be the best parent and family member you can be.