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Parenting (cont.)

Where Can People Find Parenting Classes?

Your child's pediatrician should be a resource for local parenting classes. Many local hospitals provide free or low-cost programs as part of their outreach to the local community. Check with the local children's hospital for resources it may offer. Contact your medical insurance company and inquire regarding contracted individuals (often marriage and family therapists) who are in your community. If you have a religious affiliation, check with the local clergy regarding any suggestions they might offer. Whatever you do, don't view the need for guidance as a personal weakness or evidence of failed parenting. Often all that is necessary is a new perspective and approach.

For More Information About Healthy Parenting

Many parents find support and valuable suggestions from group experiences (for example, Mommy and Me), neighbors, and the extended family. Pediatricians also are a valuable resource and reviewing parenting experiences is part of the well-child exam in certain family situations. While there are many ways to accomplish a goal, different approaches may be more successful than others. Web sources of parenting tips are listed below. Lastly, take the important stuff seriously and don't worry about the rest. Look how well we turned out!

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

REFERENCES:

"Health and Parenting." WebMD. <http://www.webmd.com/parenting/default.htm>.

Mersch, John. "Childhood Biting." MedicineNet.com. Apr. 3, 2012. <http://www.medicinenet.com/childhood_biting/article/htm>.

Mersch, John. "Temper Tantrums." MedicineNet.com. Feb. 18, 2012. <http://www.medicinenet.com/temper_tantrums/article.htm>.

United States. MedlinePlus. "Parenting." Sept. 11, 2012. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/parenting.html>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2016
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