Educating parents has been developing over the last couple of decades. In many places in the world, today, there is a widespread intensive effort to support parents through educational programs. It is not only the government or society that has given impetus to this movement but parents themselves.
There is so much material available on parent education; for starters you can find material on the internet, at your library, even CD’s and DVD’s. There are also several parenting programs available, many of them are voluntary staffed or agencies being funded by government.
Many recent changes have been made in the last few decades in parent education; one of the best changes has been the recognition of the family rather than the individual child as the main concern. The courses now view parents as individuals and not only tools to mind children or for them to polish their skills. They recognize parents as people also having problems within relationships.
Parent education aims at educating parents both rich and poor on the best ways to raise a child. In fact the parent education movement especially aims at making the best of information available to those belonging to low income families. Everyone has recognized the importance of family and is working towards strengthening this unit. It offers parents expert knowledge and the latest research to help equip them to be a better parent for their children. All groups that work with children have realized the dire need and that the education of the parent is essential. The essence of parent education and support are the ideas of what makes effective parenting, which differs from culture to culture.
Efforts to organize education of parents are relatively recent although the need to prepare for the duties and responsibilities of parenthood is eternal. Tradition still remains the best guide in the method of preparation for parenting although in many western and other cultures the breakdown of the traditional family model hinders the passing on of parenting skills from generation to generation.