Have You Taken Any Parenting Classes?

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
March 4, 2009 12:12pm CST
When each of my kids were born, I signed up for parenting classes at church. I figured I could use all the help available. It was probably one of the better decisions I made. My babies were sleeping through the night about one month into their lives. Of course, I woke them up (even at 2:00am) to feed them, sing some heavy metal lullaby, read, play etc. Now I have an adult child (20 years old) and a 16-year-old teenage son. Back to class, I go. It's been an eye opener and a wonderful realization that I am not the only one raising schizophrenics. Just kidding of course . . . they are just the moodiest kids ever!!! In any case, how's your parenting days coming along? Would you take a class if it was offered?
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@cream97 (29176)
• United States
4 Mar 09
Yes, I have. I took one in high school too. I took a pregnancy class when I was pregnant with my first child. I also took one at a church too, when I was pregnant with my third child. It really helped out a lot to take them. I got so much of information that helped me out in the long run. Even though, I know much about raising a child, I still got some extra skills and knowledge that was given to me. I had fun. I got to take tests to see how much that I knew after watching a video on it.. It gave me so much education and experience on parenting. I enjoyed it..
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
4 Mar 09
I enjoyed it too, Cream. And I also learned that we should probably never stop learning. Even with all our hands-on experience now, even our kids tend to teach me things about life. Thanks for dropping by, hope you're having an awesome day.
• India
6 Mar 09
Hello my friend gtargirl Ji, Well, to be true, 37 yrs back from now, I became mother for teh first time. As I remember, there was nothing like this. I adopted certain traditions from my MIL/Mom and elders in the family and evn today, I do not repent, why at all I did not attend any organised classes. Well, I am happy with performance by all our three c hildren. They take our care. may God bless them and have a great time.
• United States
5 Mar 09
I would like to enroll that kind of class since i am a expecting mother for my first baby, hubby was planning already we both enrolled each other. I am so much excited now to be a mother or parent and most of all to hold my baby, wake up at middle of night to feed, sing a lullaby, play read and many more activities with me and my child soon.
• Philippines
5 Mar 09
I never took any parenting classes. I became a parent at the age of 19 but learned much from how I was raised by my own mother and the people around me had helped me in any questions I might need answers on. I don't think I would need to go to any classes on that. My mom was very good at being one and I found my experience with her was real educational that I applied what I learned from her. I have 5 kids. I have a 17 year old daughter, 15, 11 and 8 year old sons, and a 5 year old daughter. Not everyone of them turned out so good but I am proud I was able to raise all of them and they still consider me as their mother and give me respect.
5 Mar 09
We took excellent parenting class we brought up 4 kids all getting on with their lives now and doing reasonably well
• Philippines
5 Mar 09
Im still single and haven't yet children but I took Parenting Seminars often. The reason why, its part of my work, I am task to organize stuff for the event and by listening to professionals and experts gave me slots to know some useful matters and so with effective techniques on parenting.
• India
5 Mar 09
hello gtargirl, well very nice topic for discussion. I have a daughter who is just 1year and going to complete 11 months in this month, but i never took any parenting classes. Infact whatever my parents said, ar all my elders, i just taken their advice what is good for her and what is bad. I also read some tips from the babycenter website. this all i have done. till now my baby is fine and healthy. and i hope she will do fine in her future too.' have a good day.
@dismalgrin (2470)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Well, I have taken a lot of parenting type classes over the years. And signed up for every type of hands on parenting help that I could get. Now, after all this consiences work to be the best parent I can be, the state thinks I might not be the best parents after all. Grrr. Well, tomorrow I head off for a parenting evaluation now and depending on how that turns out I will probably be taking some more parenting classes. Even though I would normally have to pay for these classes my case manager has been doing a very good job of getting the court to order her higher ups to pay for everything I have to do to get my children back safely in my arms. I just wish that I could do all of this, with my children at home anyways. I'm a little upset... okay, I'm angry that my old neighbors and my family lied about me and put us in this situation in the first place.
• United States
5 Mar 09
Hi my name is Andrea and I just joined mylot. I find it interesting to see the reasons why people feel they need parenting classes, and the benefits that they feel they received. I am the mother of a 5 year old Autistic boy and I feel that we could benefit greatly from behavioral classes. As my son gets older he is mellowing out and we have learned as we go. My son Jam=ke and husband Mike are on my avitar.
• United States
5 Mar 09
I have had the best parenting class available. My parents taught me everything I needed to know on how to be a good parent even before I was a parent. I was very fortunate to have such caring parents and would never trade them in for the world. My children are now 18 and 16 and have grown to be responsible teenagers and I couldnt be more proud of them. I can only owe it the education I was given by my parents.
@sid556 (31019)
• United States
5 Mar 09
I began babysitting when I was 11 and I did take child care classes in highschool. I also took classes when my children were born thru the hospital. Being a parent is not so easy at all. I've had 4 and never ever felt that I knew all there was. All kids are different. The best help and advice I ever got was in keeping in communication with other parents. Oh and I doubt your moody kid could outdo the one I raised....she was truly the devil's nightmare.....kidding but serious of course.
• China
5 Mar 09
Yes,I have.My parenting class was just finished last week.I learn so many things about to take care the baby and I also know how to take care of myself after the baby born. The class is very useful for the coming mothers. Good luck for you and your babies.Happy mylotting.
@winterose (39913)
• Canada
5 Mar 09
well my son is 32 years old, I did go to a parenting course when he was a toddler, but had a hard, hard time with him as a teenager, still we don't have the greatest of relationships today.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Raised five and didnt take no class we al got along just fine specailly the 2 I had with me all the time!
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
4 Mar 09
Because my first husband was abusive, part of our divorce/custody agreement was that we both attend parenting classes - either together or seperately. I went to the YWCA and signed up right away and YES! it was an eye-opener. I really learned a lot about talking with my (teenage) kids, and people in general. I kept all my materials and have even reread some of it through the years. It was very helpful. My x never went, he figured that he could just beat it into the kids and they'd be great kids for him to showcase around....
@elemental69 (1562)
• Ireland
4 Mar 09
I have never been to a parenting class. I have 4 kids and raised them my way by trial and error. So far I have done a good job and I am proud of my kids. I dont think that I would take a parenting class if offered. All of my kids slept through the night since birth (I think they were just lazy babies lol). Of course I did wake them up when I was going to bed for a feed, and they were content babies. I am thankful that my kids were not clingy, I was able to get on with my housework when I needed to. I do consider myself very lucky as my closest friend has two kids and they are still very clingy even at 2 and 7 yrs old. She cant even go to the bathroom in peace. :-)