In the world of today, raising kids to become responsible members of the society is easier said than done. This is because kids are exposed to various external and internal forces that have a lot of negative impact on them. A good example is the increasing rate of divorce that leads to broken families. Chances of giving your children a good upbringing in a broken marriage are minimal if you do not know how to go about it. This has necessitated the development of a parenting skills curriculum to help parents give their children a good upbringing. Different professionals in this social field have developed different parenting curriculum but they are all aimed at similar end results.
Some of the things that a parenting skills curriculum can teach parents include.
• Help parents connect with their children. In many families, as children grow up a rift slowly emerges between them and their parents. This is especially more evident during teenage years. This can be attributed to several factors e.g. hormonal imbalances in teens. If the parents don’t find a way to connect with their children this rift may be irreparable in the long term.
• Good parental relationships and co-parenting. As mentioned earlier, the rate of divorce globally is at an all time high. However, being divorced does not mean that one of the parents ceases being a mom or dad. In this situation co-parenting is necessary and for this to succeed the parent have to establish a healthy relationship.
• Non-violent discipline. A child that is brought up in violence will most likely end up being violent. To avoid this, the parenting skills curriculum teaches the different methods of disciplining your children without using violence e.g. grounding.
• Avoid power struggles and arguments. At a certain stage in a child’s life they develop an attitude of debating anything you tell them. This leads to endless arguments that never result in anything constructive. Knowing how to handle these arguments as a parent is good for you and your kids.
• Monitoring your kids. Monitoring your kids is important because you will be able to notice when they start developing vices like drug abuse or engaging in criminal activities. Children, especially in the teenage years, are very secretive and so if you don’t monitor them well you will only discover some of these vices when they are in trouble.
These are some of the things that a parenting skills curriculum can teach you. However, most experts agree that it always comes down to one thing that is Communication. Communication with your children is the most important skill for you as a parent.