Our guide to parenting
Molly Longman

Our guide to parenting

First published date April 29 2015 Amended date April 29 2015

Parenting isn’t easy, just ask the mum in the grocery store with one child screaming on her hip, and the other in the trolley tearing into a box of biscuits. However, taking a parenting course is a great way to help expecting, new, and experienced parents coop with their little bundles of (mostly) joy.

A course will help you gain confidence in your parenting abilities and help you build a better relationship with your child, as well as teach you strategies to deal with temper tantrums, rowdy teenagers, fussy eaters, battling siblings and much more.


Learning the tricks of the trade

Ideas and theories about what is ‘right’ for a child are changing every year, thanks to new studies and books and mothers with blogs. Parenting courses do their research, and will provide you with the best tips, tricks and strategies that will enable you to have the best relationship possible with your child, while still instilling discipline.


All ages

Whether you’re striving to get your eight year old to eat those bloody green beans, hoping to learn how to cope with your child and their ‘terrible twos’ syndrome, or you want to reconnect with your teenager who won’t stop blaring Fall Out Boy’s new album or go out in daylight, there is a class for you. Every course is different, and will help you become a better parent, no matter what age group you’re dealing with.


New parents

Joining the Mum and Dad club is both a scary and amazing journey. Most new parents feel slightly overwhelmed at the prospect of parenting and being responsible for another life. Course for new parents will help you cope with anxiety and help you deal with all the challenges new parents face as they arise.


Experienced parents

Even the seasoned, experienced parent can benefit from a parenting course. There are always new strategies to learn that will help will help you to understand your child and their behaviours. You may be doing everything right, but a course can still help you to strengthen your bond with your child.


No such thing as the ‘perfect’ parent

Not every parent can be as perfect as this guide. Everyone makes mistakes, and if you ask almost any grandmother if they’d do anything differently when it comes to raising their children, they’ll tell you yes. Everyone makes mistakes, and yet most kids turn out okay. Courses will emphasise that there’s no way to be perfect 100 percent of the time – all you can do is your best, and chances are, you’re kids will turn out alright.


A few tips to get you started

- Always keep wipes on hand, as children tend to be very messy.

- When you pick up a child, hold them side-on – this will decrease the likelihood that they’ll kick you in the groin.

- Tell your child you love them – every day.


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