17 Jul When you are ready to take parenting education seriously… You are ready for Active Parenting.
I’ve heard about attempts to reach millennial parents with electronic tools such as parenting apps. And apps can certainly be useful. But there is a limit, and let’s face it: There is a lot of casual parenting education out there. Too many people have children, consult an app or two with some adorable babies on it, and then “do the best they can.” Only they don’t. Why not? Because doing the best you can is not just a matter of love and desire to do the right thing. It is also a matter of knowing what the right things are and developing the skills to do them.
The magic of parenting education is an interaction
effect created when a stellar curriculum is ignited by an
encouraging facilitator and combined with the sharing of
heartfelt experiences of hungry parents wanting
to truly do the best they can for their children.
We know this is true when it comes to learning a new sport, becoming a better cook, getting job training, or pretty much anything else that is both challenging and important. But somehow, society has given parents the idea that if they love and care about their children, the rest doesn’t take much learning. “Loving and caring” is certainly a great place to start, but parents also need a clear approach to parenting that includes knowledge and skills. Without it, they are put in the dangerous position of flying by the seat of their pants. Which often leads to frustration, anger, and parenting by the seat of their children’s pants, or worse.
Sure, today’s parents like their media, and can’t seem to get enough screen time. But there is a limit to how much you can learn by yourself watching a smart phone. The best learning still occurs in small groups with a capable leader, other motivated parents, and a proven curriculum. And yes, slides and videos can enhance the experience, and should be part of the process, just as a solid parent’s guide, experiential activities, home practice, and group feedback should also be included. (Practice and review are also important, and may be a good place to utilize an appropriate app.) However…
The magic of parenting education is an interaction effect created when a stellar curriculum is ignited by an encouraging facilitator and combined with the sharing of heartfelt experiences of hungry parents wanting to truly do the best they can for their children. This magic—or synergy—is beautiful to experience for both parents and leader, and often, life-changing. More importantly, the carry-over into families brings joy where there was frustration, and satisfaction for a challenging and important job… well done.
Dr. Michael Popkin
Founder and President
Active Parenting Publishers