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Piggy backing on a previous article on the accessibility of Christian parenting resources, lets look at how we can expand the opportunities for families to connect with much needed resources. When we clearly understand the purpose of a parenting support/education program then we are at the best place for building one. People who have a passion for supporting families and are deeply interested in providing opportunities for families to connect with each other, might be ideal candidates for facilitating a parenting support group.
Although belonging to a parenting support group could come with some negative connotations it is important to note that support groups are not only for parents who may have faced issues of child abuse and neglect. Plenty parents who love their children and have not faced child abuse or neglect issues are often very interested in finding new ways to develop parenting skills that would lead to strengthened family relationships. Following are some suggested steps on how one might begin preparing for a christian parenting education program:
I. Identify key parenting bible verses to support and motivate your endeavor
II. Research available curriculum online
III. Order samples if available and review materials
IV. Make a final decision on curriculum and begin familiarizing yourself with the coordinators manual if one is available.
V. Select a comfortable and accessible location
Keep in mind that parenting education is something that can be of benefit to all families. With the above suggestions, any one who has a passion for supporting families and children can begin a successful parenting education program at local church or other community venue.