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Where to Find Parenting Classes
By Anonymous

If you've got a kid on the way, it's quite common to be hit with extreme nervousness at the thought of being a parent. If you haven't had a kid before, then technically you aren't at all qualified to raise a kid. But, that's the way it's always been done, so you will just have to do the best you can to raise your kid in a safe environment and create a healthy adult. In order to alleviate some of the tension of being a new parent, some choose to take parenting classes. In a parenting class, you'll learn the basics of keeping your kid safe, disciplined, and enthusiastic. If you want to take a parenting class, you should look in some of the following venues.

Churches often offer support groups or seminars for new parents. If you are already involved with a church, then you should find out whether they offer such a thing. If not, then you might see if you could bring about some interest in creating a class. If there are numerous couples expecting babies in your church, then you could probably get enough people interested. Find a trusted member of the church to teach the class – preferably one who has had at least a few kids.

You can find classes in other places, too. Inquire at your local recreation center or civic center. Many cities offer classes that will be beneficial to people, such as CPR and parenting. They will be fairly cheap, and you'll also get a good chance to meet some other young couples and make friends with people who are in the same situation as you are. If you don't have a rec center, try your local community college. They may offer non-credited classes to people who are not registered at the school. They will probably only cost between 30 and 60 dollars.

On top of parenting classes, you can also look for books or tapes on the subject. This is a good option if you can't find a class – but if possible, it's good to go to a class, make some friends, and learn directly from a knowledgeable teacher. So if you're going to be a parent soon, you should look into your options.



 
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