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Course Description

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 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!

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics



I.                Introduction to Parenting Skills

a.     What are parenting skills?

b.     What makes for a good parent?

c.     What is the mission of a parent?

d.     Raising responsible kids who will be responsible adults.

e.     Cultural differences in parenting

II.              Understanding Child Development

a.     Overview of how a child develops mentally

b.     Having realistic expectations in accordance with age

c.     Separations and attachment parenting

III.            Understanding Temperament

a.     What is temperament and why does it matter?

b.     Parenting those with difficult personalities, strong-willed personalities, or personality disorders (including issues such as ADD/ADHD)

c.     Parenting teenagers

IV.            Encouraging Intellectual Development

a.     Teaching habits to encourage learning

b.     Handling homework and studying

c.     Motivating children to study, do chores, etc.

d.     Practice in the arts

e.     Modeling achievements

f.      Setting expectations

V.              Communicating with Your Kids

a.     Listening

b.     Respecting their feelings

c.     Teaching them how to effectively communicate and handle their anger

d.     Identifying and handling power struggles

VI.            The Dynamics of Discipline

a.     What is discipline?

b.     Having consequences, consistency and accountability.

c.     Using positive discipline

d.     Uniting parents, caregivers, relatives, etc.

e.     Addressing sibling rivalry

f.      Take-charge techniques for parents

VII.          Instilling Self Esteem In Your Child

a.     Empowering children

b.     Effective praise

c.     Avoiding over-praise and why it is important

d.     Character building

e.     Teaching your child tolerance

VIII.        Teaching Your Child Values

a.     What are values and morals

b.     Why they are important

c.     Some common morals/values

d.     How to teach them to your child

IX.            Supporting Your Child’s Socialization

a.     What it is and why it is so important

b.     The socialization process throughout development stages (social milestones, group play, etc.).

c.     The impacts it has on personality

d.     Ways to help children socialize

X.              Meeting Your Child’s Needs

a.     What are their basic needs

b.     Meeting them physically, emotionally

c.     Ensuring and caring for their health and safety

XI.            Being a Good Role Model

a.     Importance of

b.     Messages you are sending

c.     Particular areas to monitor

                                                    i.     Having patience

                                                   ii.     Handling anger management

                                                 iii.     Demonstrating respect, morals/values, etc.

XII.          Diverse Family Situations

a.     Challenges they may pose

b.     Types of and challenges of:

                                                    i.     Co-parenting, divorces

                                                   ii.     Single parents

                                                 iii.     Adoptions

                                                 iv.     Gifted or challenged children

                                                  v.     Grandparents raising their grandchildren

XIII.        10 Things That Will Make a Huge Difference (and why)

a.     Eat dinner together

b.     Learn to apologize and show forgiveness

c.     Model good behavior

d.     Create a happy home

e.     Focus on their emotional intelligence

f.      Teach them confidence

g.     Forget focusing on their friendship

h.     Have realistic expectations

i.       Keep family time a top priority

j.       Show affection daily

XIV.        Practice for Improvement

a.     Getting better all the time

b.     Striving for improvement

c.     Learning from mistakes, breaking cycles

d.     Understanding nobody is perfect

XV.          Resources for parents

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course with 70% or better.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Exam8
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Exam9
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Exam10
Lesson 14 Exam10
Lesson 15 Assignment2
Lesson 15 Exam10
The Final Exam42
Total Points:192

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