Raising balanced children in a fast-paced world is the theme of an online parenting class launched this month by a Stanford University-based organization.
Challenge Success, a nonprofit group founded at Stanford's School of Education, aims to "improve student health and engagement with learning."
The organization's anti-stress conferences in recent years have drawn nearly 2,000 participants to Stanford from high schools around the country, including representatives of local institutions.
The self-paced, interactive Challenge Success classes now offered online include topics such as "re-examining success for our children," "school and homework," "managing media" and "the importance of play."
"The meaning of success is different for every child, and our goal with these classes is to help parents put their kids in the best position to reach their full learning potential and live healthy, meaningful lives," said Challenge Success co-founder and Stanford senior lecturer Denise Pope.
"Parents today often feel overwhelmed by an incredibly busy lifestyle. These research-based classes offer practical solutions parents can implement immediately to promote a more balanced schedule and a happier home life where their kids can thrive."
Class participants are asked to keep online journals to consider challenging scenarios and reflect on how they might handle similar situations. They are given video of Challenge Success co-founders Pope, Madeline Levine and Jim Lobdell along with footage of other parents discussing the same scenarios in live classes.
The parenting curriculum is broken down into seven self-paced sessions that take approximately 10 hours. Individual sessions, at $50, or the entire seven-session course, at $179, is available for purchase at the Challenge Success website.