Common Sense Parenting classes, co-sponsored by Parenting.org and Boys Town, are designed to help parents acquire practical parenting skills and learn effective parenting methods to address the many challenges involved in raising a child. The classes review many different aspects of parenting for a range of age levels. Typically, classes are held in churches or at community centers in several major U.S. cities, with instructors often drawn from local mental health state-run organizations.
Who Attends the Courses?
Any person raising a child may attend these courses. With today's non-traditional families, grandparents, aunts, uncles and non-family members are raising children. The common sense parenting style understands that every person involved with a child needs to understand how to interact within the family unit. Every type of caregiver is welcome to these trainings.
Why Should Parents Take These Courses?
Parents take these courses to learn how to get along with every family member. Those who attend classes do so to gain insight into how the kids are thinking and why they are doing what they do. Because the parenting needs of toddlers is so different from that of teens, often parents will return to the courses to learn new skills to help optimize their parenting style for each stage of their child's life.
The topics covered vary by the age group of the children, but overall topics include building healthy relationships, correcting problem behavior, communication tips and how-to's for discipline. Other topics covered by various courses include the developmental brain of the child, how children think and how to come to the child's level. The idea behind these courses is to promote an understanding of the child, so the offered courses review what a parent needs to know to bring the most peace to the home.
The teaching styles vary. As the mental health associations across the country understand the many different existing learning styles, the courses are set up for nearly every type of learner. Videos are played, audio is offered, written work is sometimes included, and hands-on activities are brought into the classes. If a parent is not understanding the message, there is a chance to talk to the instructor to find out how to get further help. The idea is to help every type of person learn how to make a family unit run smoothly, no matter the educational level of the parents.