The Center for Parenting Education
Why Parenting Education
Because children acquire the abilities to become responsible, caring
adults and citizens of their society from the people who are most intensely
involved with them, parenting is the most important and challenging job any of
us can have; yet, it receives little support or recognition in our
society. There is very little formal
training for this task and parents are often isolated and without adequate
support networks. The programs at The
Center for Parenting Education address these needs of parents in our community.
often wonder why parents attend parenting education classes. Isn’t good parenting innate? Studies have
shown that in fact most parents can benefit from some guidance in order to do
the best job they can in raising their children.
our own community, The Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol 2004-05
Risk Assessment Survey identified “family management” problems as being one of
the top three risk factors in the county that leads to substance abuse among
teens. These included:
of clear expectations
of parents to monitor their children
severe or inconsistent punishment.
study, commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts, states that parenting
education can “strengthen a child’s ability to survive and succeed” and that “What
families lack is the societal commitment to support parents in tangible and
effective ways as they raise their children.”
Steinberg in his book, Beyond the Classroom, states and research
confirms that children raised in supportive, warm, affectionate homes in which
there are clear and consistently reinforced rules are less likely to engage in
at-risk behavior and are more likely to be successful. This authoritative parenting approach is the
style that is the foundation for the concepts taught in all the programs at The
Center for Parenting Education.
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