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Good parenting skills are something we learn, not something we are born with. Being a more effective parent or caretaker is possible for everyone!
This course can help you get your parenting skills to where you want them to be. It covers a broad range of topics, including what parenting skills are, child development, understanding temperament, intellectual development, communicating with your kids, the dynamics of discipline, instilling self-esteem, teaching children values, meeting their needs, being a good role model, and more!
This course will help you understand your child's personality, challenges, and how to go about being the most effective parent you can be! You will learn about those things that are crucial in the first years of life, how to use positive discipline, avoid power struggles, and how to determine a need from a want.

This course is ideal for all parents, but can also be a very useful tool for caretakers, grandparents, teachers, and anyone who spends a lot of time helping to shape the minds of the next generation. This course provides an overview of all the parenting skills that are necessary to raise a healthy and well adjusted adult. It will also help you learn where and why some challenges may arise and how to best go about overcoming them. 

If you are about to become a parent, would like to become a more effective parent, or you want to learn more about how to effectively guide children, this course is for you! After taking this course you will never look at parenting in quite the same way again!

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Parenting Skills

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the basics of what parenting skills are, the mission of a parent, and how good parenting skills are determined. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Parenting Skills Tips for New Dads; Parenting Resources
  • Take Poll: Parenting Skills Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Understanding Child Development

In this lesson, you will look at the basics of child development, and its role in learning effective parenting skills. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Child Development Institute; Child Development Stages
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Understanding Temperament

In this lesson, we will look at what temperament is, and why it is so important. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Child Temperament
  • Take Poll: Temperament
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Encouraging Intellectual Development

In this lesson, we will look at intellectual development, and how to encourage and motivate children to learn. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Essential Parent Tools; Learning Styles of Children
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Communicating with Your Kids

This lesson focuses on how to effectively communicate with your kids, and why it matters. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Effective Communication Strategies
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: The Dynamics of Discipline

This lesson focuses on discipline,(including what it is), using positive discipline, and more. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Disciplining your Child; Discipline Guide for Children
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Instilling Self-esteem in Your Child

In this lesson, you will learn about self-esteem, including empowering children, effective praise, and character building. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Developing a Child's Self-Esteem; Self-Esteem and Children; 10 Ways to Build Self-Esteem
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Teaching Your Child Values and Morals

In this lesson, we will look at values and morals: why they are important, and how we can teach them to children. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: 20 Ways to Foster Values; 6 Ways Children Learn Values; Teaching Good Values
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Supporting Your Child's Socialization

This lesson focuses on the socialization process, and ways to help your child socialize. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Socialization
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Meeting Your Child's Needs

This lesson focuses on what it means to meet your children's needs, as well as caring for their healthy and safety. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Needs for Good Mental Health; Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Being a Good Role Model

Being a good role model,and the importance of what kind of messages you are sending,is the focus of this lesson. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Modeling Healthy Eating
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Diverse Family Situations

This lesson focuses on the variety of diverse family situations, and some of the challenges that they may pose. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Family Structures; Family Types; Family Diversity
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: 10 Things that Will Make a Huge Difference (and Why)

This lesson focuses on 10 things that a parent can do that will have a lasting impact on their children. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Better Parenting; Better Parenting Institute; Improved Parents
  • Take Poll: Eating Dinner
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Practice for Improvement

This lesson focuses on putting the information you have learned into practice, and striving to make improvements. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: 7 Common Parenting Mistakes; Mistakes to Avoid; 5 Tips to Improve Parenting
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Resources for Parents

This section offers a variety of links and references to resources that may be helpful in gaining additional information about parenting skills. 54 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Parenting Resources; 10 Keys to Successful Parenting; Parenting Center
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Basic Parenting 101
Course Number: 7550458
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Support/Advice
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the basic principles of parenting skills.
  • Describe child development.
  • Describe temperament.
  • Determine encouraging intellectual development.
  • Describe communicating with your kids.
  • Describe the dynamics of discipline.
  • Know instilling self-esteem in your child.
  • Demonstrate teaching your child values and morals.
  • Describe supporting your child's socialization.
  • Know meeting your child's needs.
  • Know being a good role model.
  • Describe diverse family situations.
  • Describe 10 things that will make a huge difference (and why).
  • Identify practice for improvement.
  • Know available resources for parents, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "The science concepts behind parenting where most helpful. Now I know where to look for answers." -- Jessica N.
  • "This was a helpful course for a parent!" -- Martha M.
  • "Excellent...I also appreciated the excellent credentials of this instructor!" -- Mary H.

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