Online Class: Basic Parenting Skills

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!

no certificate
- OR -
with CEU Certificate*
Start Right Now!
$120.00 (with CEU Certificate)
Taking multiple courses? Save with our platinum program.
  • 15
  • 17
    Exams &
  • 4,047
    have taken this course
  • 5
    average time
  • 0.5

Course Description

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!

Courses Frequently Bought Together:

Course Motivation

It seems like something we should all know how to do. After all, we have been exposed to the process throughout our entire lives. Whether on one end of the relationship as a child, or on the other as the parent, we have seen it in action for years. But does that really mean that we know how to parent?  

Just how many parenting classes were you exposed to growing up? If you are like most kids, you got a crash course in babysitting basics as a pre-teen. Those of us who were lucky, went on to have one full semester of parenting in high school. But that, in and of itself, is somewhat of a laughing matter, because most high school students feel parenting is a subject they do not need, do not want, or simply do not yet take seriously. Besides, most of the time, those classes were electives, and only had girls signing up for them, leaving half of the traditional parenting team out of the briefing about how to go about playing the game. 

Leading up to the point that we actually become a parent, our minds have been stuffed with lots of topics, running the gamut from biology, to geography, and from wood shop, to physical education. But we have not been exposed to much in the way of actually being taught effective parenting skills. That is why this course is so important.  

During this course, you will learn an overview of many parenting skill concepts that you can use the rest of your life. And as you use them, and apply them, you will also be teaching your child these skills, so they can later go on and use them with their own children. So congratulations on making learning effective parenting skills a priority in your life, and that of future generations! 

What are Parenting Skills?

While most people can get by raising their kids, not giving much thought to what type of job they are actually doing, having an understanding of some parenting skills can help you get the job done ever better. Parenting skills are those tools that you have in your tool chest that help you to raise your child into a well-adjusted, responsible adult (which is the goal of effective parenting). 

Parenting skills covers everything from addressing the needs, both emotionally and physically, your child has, as well as: 

  • Encouraging intellectual development
  • Effectively communicating with your children
  • Understanding and using discipline effectively
  • Teaching children values, morals, and instilling self confidence
  • Supporting their social needs
  • Learning the importance of being a good role model 
There are so many things that go into effective parenting, that we could not possibly cover them all here. But what this course will give you is an understanding of the most important factors in effective parenting, and introduce you to practical information and advice, so that you can immediately put it into use with your own children, or those you may care for. 

The Parenting Mission

Have you ever really thought about what the mission of parenting is? If you are like most people, you have not. And that is okay, because you are now! Of course there is more to it than just aiming to get the child to age 18, so that you can get back to your date nights and parties, without having to arrange and pay for a sitter.  

As a parent, you may even have a perspective about parenting that is a bit more about you, than it is about the child. Perhaps your mission is to fill your life with the joy, laughter, and sound of tiny footsteps running through the hall. That is okay, too. There is nothing wrong with identifying things that you want out of the relationship, as well. But there is even more to it than that. 

Overall, the goal of effective parenting is essentially to:

-         raise your child to have a well-functioning personality

-         become an adult who is balanced, responsible, confident, and a productive citizen

-         possibly equip them to find an ideal mate, and perhaps effectively parent their own children 

Cultural Differences

As you work your way through each lesson in this course, it is important to keep in mind that this comes from a Western society cultural perspective. Each culture around the world has its own beliefs about parenting skills, and as long as they do no harm to the child, they should be respected.  

Cultural differences are what make the world more interesting. If you work in a place where you will come in contact with other cultural parenting styles, it is important to be open-minded and tolerant of them. While "our" way of doing things may seem like the correct one, it is simply because that is what we know, and are used to. People from other cultures would feel the same about their parenting styles. 

An important concept to keep in mind when it comes to the cultural differences involved in parenting, (and other areas of our life), is ethnocentric, which is the attitude that one's own group is superior. 

There are so many aspects of parenting that are influenced by our culture, including our expectations, views on discipline, parenting styles, and more. Everything from one's views on manners, to assigning chores, is influenced by one's culture. 

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(3,155 votes)

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
  • Lesson discussions: Parenting Skills Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson discussions: Temperament
  • Assessment: 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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson discussions: Eating Dinner
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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. 52 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize 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.
  • Summarize instilling self-esteem in your child.
  • Demonstrate teaching your child values and morals.
  • Describe supporting your child's socialization.
  • Summarize meeting your child's needs.
  • Summarize being a good role model.
  • Describe diverse family situations.
  • Describe 10 things that will make a huge difference (and why).
  • Identify practice for improvement.
  • Summarize available resources for parents.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

Online CEU Certificate
  • Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
  • Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
  • Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
  • View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
  • Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
Document Your CEUs on Your Resume
Course Title: Basic Parenting Skills
Course Number: 7550458
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (3,155 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
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: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

Choose Your Subscription Plan

Course Only
One Course
No Certificate / No CEUs
for 6 months
Billed once
This course only
Includes certificate X
Includes CEUs X
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete 6 months
No. of courses 1 course
Certificate Course
One Course
Certificate & CEUs
for 6 months
Billed once
This course only
Includes certificate Yes
Includes CEUs Yes
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete 6 months
No. of courses 1 course
Platinum Yearly
Certificates & CEUs
per year
Billed once
Includes all 600+ courses
Includes certificate Yes
Includes CEUs Yes
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete 12 Months
No. of courses 600+
Platinum 2 Years
Certificates & CEUs
for 2 years
You save $79.00!
Billed once
Includes all 600+ courses
Includes certificate Yes
Includes CEUs Yes
Self-paced Yes
Instructor support Yes
Time to complete 24 Months
No. of courses 600+

Student Testimonials

  • "i thought the course covered every area of parenting very well. I think that how children mirror you is extremely helpful in understanding how they grow." -- Adam J.
  • "I really enjoyed taking this course, it was very helpful. I will definitely be sharing it and encouraging my friends and family to consider taking it as well. It really was an eye opener for me in several of the lessons. I'm excited to see how some of the things I need improvement on will effect my children, and how those things can help me be a more successful parent." -- Randi P.
  • "Effective Parenting I believe most people are lacking and it is such a privilege that this course has been made available online." -- Waisea T.
  • "Great job! This course was very helpful gave me a lot of insight and resources--thank you." -- Melissa J.
  • "I loved this class! I enjoy taking classes from this professor." -- Roberta M.
  • "The instructor was very helpful and I appreciated the kind comments where I had good exams :)." -- Dani J.
  • "I am reentering the learning arena and this was a very positive experience for me." -- Marie B.
  • "I loved the statistics that were included in the lessons!" -- Reagan F.
  • "It was a great course." -- Rachel J.
  • "I found it easy and understandable." -- Katy D.