Intentional Parenting: A Look at Your Past, Present & Future

Making intentional choices toward becoming the parent you want to be
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (26 ratings)
940 students
48min of on-demand video
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Recognize the four basic styles of parenting and their characteristics
Determine what from your past you do and do not want to incorporate in your own personal relationships with children
Identify the parenting style that best defines your current approach
Create a plan for moving forward in your parenting journey in a positive way


  • This course is for both experienced and new caregivers- Anyone interested in using their words and actions with intention around the child(ren) in their life. There is no minimum or maximum age for the learner or the child you care for.


This course is designed for parents, grandparents, nannies, babysitters- anyone who cares for children. If you want to be more intentional in your relationships with children, if you want to have a better understanding of where you came from, where you are now, and where you want to be in the future, then this course can get you started on that road.

Together, we will learn about the four basic styles of parenting (authoritarian, democratic, permissive, and uninvolved) and then consider what kind of parent you want to be. To do this, we'll look to your past, examining the things from your childhood that didn't serve you well, along with those things that you loved and cherished and want to carry with you into the relationships you have with children today. Next, we'll try to determine what kind of caregiver you are right now, thinking about the actions you take, the words you say, and the way you feel at the end of a day with your child. Lastly, we'll make a plan for moving forward. You'll have the opportunity to select two things you would like to add or subtract to your parenting style and then find three action steps to meet those goals. Taking this time to look at your past, present, and future, allows you to make intentional choices about your parenting and to continue to grow and develop a healthy, lifelong relationship with your child. And sometimes, a little intention can go a long way to making us more present in our day to day interactions with the child in our life as well as giving us the leg up we need to make real change in our parenting style and tendencies.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is intended for anyone working with, living with or caring for young children; parents, grandparents, childcare workers, teachers, foster parents, babysitters, nannies, etc.


Erin Hinton
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 214 Reviews
  • 3,354 Students
  • 5 Courses

By day, I am a preschool teacher. By night, I am an adult educator. Both of these roles have come together in my position as program director and teacher at a parent cooperative preschool in West Sacramento, CA. I have a Masters Degree in Education, 13 years of teaching experience, and 21 years of life in the trenches, raising children. I believe what the research proves- that a child's most important development happens in the first five years. I also believe it is the highest achievement to be a life-long learner. Parents and early caregivers are the child's first teachers, and as such need support and encouragement as they navigate both the joys and challenges of working with children. No one is an island, and no one is truly alone.

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