It's natural to feel jittery as a first-time parent. The good news is classes are available to help you feel more prepared. Here's how to locate them.
- Step 1: Look for a local parent support group. These groups have regular meetings where mothers can compare notes about parenting.
- Step 2: Check with a church or synagogue. Many places of worship have excellent parenting programs. There are sure to be programs for parents in your local area, and once you make connections, you'll easily form your own support network.
- FACT: There were approximately 10.6 million single-parent households in the U.S. in 2007.
- Step 3: Visit a wellness center. These centers often offer classes in health care, nutrition, and disease prevention.
- Step 4: Check with your community health center. These centers sometimes conduct meetings, seminars, and classes for parents. Topics can range from infant care to dealing with teenagers and adult children.
- TIP: Check the internet for parenting classes. Some organizations offer online parenting classes that you can take at home.
- Step 5: Talk to your pediatrician about classes in discipline methods or toddler nutrition if you have a young child.
- Step 6: Talk to your obstetrician if you are pregnant with your first child and are nervous about becoming a parent. The doctor may be able to recommend a class for new parents.