Teaching Parenting Skills - Introduction

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The long wait has ended. The baby is here. He is no longer a hope or wish but a dream fulfilled—your son or daughter. Whenever you and your husband look at your sleeping child, you will be filled with wonderment. At first this feeling may be mixed with fear and anxiety. Is he all right? Is he getting enough to eat? What do I do now? But, as your confidence grows, this uncertainty will pass. In its place will be love and understanding, the cornerstone in every happy family's foundation.

One of the purposes of this website is to give a brief account of the normal growth and development of children from babyhood to adolescence, to indicate when and how difficulties occur, and to show how they can best be handled. Parents need to recognize that growing-up is not without growing pains, and that childhood is not altogether a golden age. It is important that they do not blame themselves unduly, nor become too impatient with the child when he presents difficulties—when at two years he has tantrums, at three he is troublesome about food, at seven he is a little defiant and unruly, or if at fourteen he is moody and reticent. A little psychological knowledge will help them to understand and deal with these difficulties more wisely.

It is important for parents to learn about the emotional development of children as well as about their physical and intellectual development. Emotional development is concerned with the growth of the child's feelings, while physical development is concerned with the growth of his bodily processes, and intellectual development with the growth of his thinking processes. Social development—a child's capacity to make friends—is intimately bound up with his capacity to experience feelings, to express feelings, and yet in some measure to control feelings. A child's hopes and fears, his loves and hates, his delights and disappointments are of primary concern to his parents. Both physical and intellectual development may be seriously handicapped if emotional development is not proceeding harmoniously.

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