This course is designed in order to help new parents feel more confident but can be applied to any environment that involves raising children: teaching, daycare, foster care, grandparents, etc. Although it addresses some basic nutrition and caregiving right at the beginning of life, the courses main focus is on behavior and learning. A great deal of emphasis is placed on secure attachment to the child early on and lays the foundation for children to engage in healthy and safe exploration of their environment. Parenting styles are also discussed as well as different ways a child learns using reinforcement and modeling.
Tim has been teaching for the past 9 years in the field of Child and Developmental Psychology and for the past 3 years has been an online Parenting coach. He has won awards for outstanding research in the field of Child Psychology at the Jean Piaget Society and is a published author in the field of childhood nonverbal communication. He has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology through Northeastern Illinois University and a Master's degree in Education through the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Originally, he began teaching basic parenting skills to underprivileged families 8 years ago in Northeastern Wisconsin and since then has expanded his teaching internationally to over 7 countries online. His most beneficial teaching experience though has been as a foster parent for the past twenty-five years and a father to a wonderful nine year old boy.