Stanford group offers online parenting class

'Raising balanced children in a fast-paced world' is theme of seven self-paced sessions

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.

Chris Kenrick


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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:03 am

Interesting that no one has commented on this article yet. School issues, which more often than not involve parents and home life, generate a lot of heated discussion in PA.

It’s a shame that this is not being offered without fees, so that anyone could take a peak and see what the Stanford experts on families, and life (in general) have to say on the matter.

Wonder how these folks will get around to saying:

1) Slow Down
2) Recognize that someday your working days will be over, but your family will be all that you have—if you didn’t wreck it when you were younger.
3) Kids can not manage on their own—they need parents.

Would be interesting to count the number of words they take to get around to conveying this simple message.

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