You probably know that there are plenty of online classes to teach you data analysis or computer programming, but did you know that there are also many online classes that can teach you to be a better parent? We at Class Central scoured the internet to find courses on subjects ranging from nutrition during pregnancy to teaching your child to read to helping your child to cope with divorce. As with so many other topics, it turns out that if there’s a parenting topic that interests you, it’s more than likely that there’s a course for that. Here are all the parenting courses Class Central was able to uncover.
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Child Nutrition and Cooking
Stanford University via Coursera
Want to know how to cook nutritious, tasty meals for your child? This course will teach you.
Nutrition and Lifestyle During Pregnancy
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München via Coursera
Start out right by learning the latest research findings and international recommendations for nutrition during pregnancy. One of the best ways to give your child a good start in life is for the mother to go into pregnancy as healthy as she can be. This course teaches you how to achieve a healthy diet and lifestyle prior to conception and throughout pregnancy.
Babies in Mind: Why the Parent’s Mind Matters
University of Warwick via FutureLearn
Parents-to-be don’t just need healthy bodies, they also need healthy minds. Research has shown that a mother’s mental and emotional state during pregnancy has a strong impact, especially during a child’s first two years of life. This course teaches you how to prepare your mind for parenting.
Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing
Yale University via Coursera
Drawing from research conducted at the Yale Parenting Center, this course is aimed at parents of toddlers to teenagers. It teaches proven methods for promoting behaviors you want to see more of and minimizing those you want to discourage.
The Science of Parenting
The University of California, San Diego via edX
This course explores the science that influences such parenting topics as sleep, discipline, diet, learning, impulse control, screen time, vaccination, and others. Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and others will benefit from the many science-based insights in this course.
Understanding Child Development: From Synapse to Society
Utrecht University via Coursera
More scientific than some of the other courses on our list, this course teaches you how psychologists and academics understand child development.
Early Childhood Education
Gowrie Victoria via Open2Study
Also designed for a professional audience, this course teaches how to support children’s education in the early years.
Effective Classroom Interactions: Supporting Young Children’s Development
University of Virginia via Coursera
Like the previous course in our list, this course focuses on childhood education. While it is intended for educators, this course is also useful for parents. It teaches how to create emotionally supportive environments in which children can do their best learning.
Childhood in the Digital Age
The Open University via FutureLearn
These days, technology is one of the most powerful forces in children’s lives. This course explores the myriad ways technology is affecting children and helps parents and educators develop effective strategies for coping with the effects of technology.
Growth Mindset: How to Help Your Child Learn, Grow, Thrive
Learn how to develop and support a growth mindset in your child, enabling him or her to learn and thrive throughout his or her life.
ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students
State University of New York via Coursera
If you have a child with ADHD (or who you suspect might have ADHD), this course will help you understand the disorder and provide strategies for dealing with it.
Positive Parenting After Separation
Colorado State University via FutureLearn
Dealing with the separation of their parents can be very difficult for children. This course teaches parenting techniques to support and nurture children in the wake of a separation or divorce.
Supporting Children With Difficulties in Reading and Writing
University of London International Programs via Coursera
Drawing on recent research, this course shares strategies for teaching children who struggle with reading and writing.
In addition to the university courses listed above, all of which are available to audit for free (in full or in part), we also found many courses on the Udemy platform. Udemy courses are not free, but they are often offered at steep discounts, making them an affordable way to learn from child development experts. Below is a small sample of the parenting courses offered through Udemy.
Neuroscience for Parents: How to Raise Amazing Kids
Drawing on insights from neuroscience, strategies for helping your amazing kids develop.
Parenting Skills to Raise Responsible, Mature Children
This course focuses on communications tools to build trust and harmony in your home.
Parenting Tools: Secrets of Happy Children and Happy Parents
A course for parents of teenage children, geared towards helping children make decisions and supporting them through a time of transition.
Teach Your Child to Read and Write
A guide to teaching your early elementary schooler to excel at reading and writing.