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Child Growth & Development Training for Parents

by Melinda Kedro

Parents who feel inclined to participate in a training program to acquire in-depth information about their child's development are forging a path based on care and compassion for their child's well-being. Understanding your child's developmental stages, why he behaves the way he does and what you can do to assist in his growth process sets the stage for a healthy parent-child bond for years to come.

Love and Logic

The Love and Logic philosophy for parenting, founded by Jim Fay and Dr. Foster W. Cline, is a parenting approach based on the notion that children can learn through experience, by making mistakes and by receiving continual reassurance of unconditional love from their parents. The Love and Logic training program is offered in many states through classes and seminars. You can also purchase training materials through the Love and Logic website that cover early childhood development, parenting skills for the preschool years, potty training and teaching children about empathy.

Free Online Courses

Many colleges and universities offer online courses in child growth and development for parents. You can enroll for a free online course through Texas A&M to gain insight into your child's developmental stages. Courses offered include Handling Infants' and Toddler's Challenging Behavior, What Parents Need to Know About Infant and Toddler Development, Healthy Eaters - Nutrition For the Home, Infant and Toddler Social Emotional Development, Making Home a Place for Learning and Selecting Childcare.

The Little Gym

A different approach to parent training for a child's development is to sign up for classes through The Little Gym. Weekly classes are attended by both child and parent and provide an active, three-dimensional learning environment. You will have the chance to support your child in the development of his physical strength, coordination, balance and gross motor skills. You can also gain insight into your child's cognitive development by observing how he interacts with spatial puzzles and number and letter manipulatives. These classes will also provide parent and little one with a foundation for the developing independence of the child. Parent-child classes are offered for children ages 4 months to 3 years.

How Parent Training Programs Can Help

Research conducted through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services demonstrates that parents who participate in a parent training program are more likely to be successful with raising healthy, well-adjusted children. The department's studies reveal that a parent training program that incorporates specific elements is more likely to result in a beneficial outcome for parents and children alike. Choose a program that teaches about emotional communication skills, teaches positive parent-child interaction skills and that requires parents to practice the learned skills with their child during the training sessions.

About the Author

With more than 10 years experience in early childhood education, Melinda Kedro holds a Masters degree in education, teaching certification through the Association Montessori Internationale and is a licensed childcare provider through the Colorado Department of Human Services.

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