Are you a Gen-X parent? Those who fit into this category of being a gen-x parent were born between early 1960's and the mid 1970's. Members of the generation x group have a reputation for being self-sufficient and wanting to be their own person. These personality traits are a great asset, but being a parent might change the trait of being self-sufficient into a trait of feeling that they might need a little help when they become a parent. Many parents who fit into this generation have older children, and a new baby's arrival might be challenging for these parents if it has been awhile since there was an infant or toddler in the family.
Sarasota has several great opportunities for parents who fit into the Generation-X group who would like to become better parents for the new year. If becoming a better parent for 2014 is one of your resolutions, these organizations are ready to help in a variety of ways in acquiring parenting skills.
*Sarasota Memorial Hospital offers opportunities for both moms and dads to learn parenting basics or to learn new skills if a new baby comes along for 2014 and it has been awhile since there was a new addition to the family that has older children. The hospital's Boot Camp for Dads is a resource just for dads to learn basic skills or new skills for the new year. The Mom-Baby group is held every Wednesday from 11-noon for moms of newborns to 6 months, and from 12:30-1:30 for moms of babies from 6 months to 1 year. Interested parents may call 941-917-1700 for more information about these parenting programs. Sarasota Memorial Hospital is located at 1700 Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
*Children First in Sarasota is a private, non-profit organization that provides parenting classes and support groups for new parents and parents of toddlers. Services that are provided by Children First are available at several locations throughout Sarasota County. The Families First Initiative from Children First offers its program Nurturing Dads Initiative for dads who would like to upgrade their parenting skills for 2014. The Career readiness for Women offers moms who want or need to return to the workforce in 2014 the opportunity to learn to balance work with parenting.
*Forty Carrots Family Center offers several opportunities for learning new family strategies for specific parenting issues. Their Parenting Basics program is of special interest in that it offers parents who do not have custody of their children due to being a part of the judicial system an opportunity to learn parenting skills to support them while involved in the judicial system.
Make a resolution for 2014 to learn new parenting strategies for a healthier family environment for the new year. Being the best parent that you can be is a great choice for a resolution to be put at the top of your list.
The included video offers a highly informative discussion about parenting in today's society. Take time to enjoy the video with its discussion from a variety of opinions about being an older parent.