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The Art of Parenting

Learn how to become an awesome parent to a child that is happy, healthy, and free of behavior problems.
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What Will I Learn?
Determine what is best for your child at any given time.
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  • The only requirement for this course is a curiosity about child development.

The Art of Parenting is a course about how to raise well adjusted children who are empathic, loving, intelligent, and happy. It includes video lectures, power points, and short quizzes to help cement the concepts discussed. It will take about two and a half hours to complete and is structured in 29 lectures of about five minutes each.

This course should be taken by anyone who wants to interact with a child in a constructive way. New parents will benefit especially by learning basic concepts that are not talked about in many books and magazines but are research based and effective.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is mostly for new parents but anyone who wants to have healthy interactions with children on a daily basis will benefit from it. No prior knowledge about child development is required.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 03:44

This first lecture will provide a simple template for what we will cover in the overall course and how you can use the lectures to build a conceptual understanding of the course as a whole.

Preview 03:44
Basic Biology of the Child
5 Lectures 23:14

There is an age old debate about whether or not the child's DNA or the child's environment is more influential in development. This lecture discusses the latest cutting edge research and how it affects this debate.

Preview 03:57

Beginning with conception, the child begins to develop in very distinct ways. This lecture discusses how the embryo starts to develop distinct features and what happens to them in vitro.

Preview 05:18

The child's brain development is integral in determining what environmental stimuli should be present. We will discuss how that environmental stimuli affects that brain development.

Brain Growth

We will not only discuss the child's sleeping patterns in this lecture but sleeping patterns of the whole family and why it is so important to healthy brain development of the child.


Breast feeding is the healthiest form of nutrition for a child. We will discuss why in this lecture.


This quiz reviews the concepts we learned in the first section.

Basic Biology of the Child
3 questions
Stress and the Brain
4 Lectures 18:49

There are certain times in a child's life where certain stimulation must present. We will discuss what these times are and why this is important in this lecture.

Critical Periods

Sensitive Periods are very similar to Critical Periods but with one major difference. We will discuss the difference between the two in this lecture.

Sensitive Periods

Stress can affect the child's brain in a beneficial or detrimental way. In this lecture we discuss what is too much stress and how it affects the child.

Stress and the Child Brain

One of the more subtle forms of abuse is neglect and it happens sometimes without a parent even knowing that it is happening. This lecture will discuss the subtle things parents are not aware of when they are neglecting their child.


This quiz will review the concepts discussed in Section 2.

Stress and the Child's Brain
4 questions
6 Lectures 26:46

Secure Attachment is probably one the greatest benefits you can give your child. We will discuss what it is in this lecture.

Secure Attachment

The specific benefits of Secure Attachment are discussed in this lecture.

Benefits of Secure Attachment

A child will revert to any behavior to get a parents attention. In this lecture we discuss Insecure Attachment as a reason for this.

Insecure Attachment

This lecture discusses specifically why it is so important for fathers to securely attach to their children.

Secure Attachment to a Father

This lecture discusses specifically why it is so important for mothers to securely attach to their children.

Secure Attachment to a Mother

A child is naturally prone to manipulate their environment. This lecture discusses why Secure Attachment promotes a child's natural curiosity.

Secure Attachment and the Brain

The quiz reviews the concepts we discussed in Section 3.

3 questions
6 Lectures 29:59

Once the child reaches the age of about 2 years old, the child's brain starts to develop in a very distinct way that makes the child ready to learn. We will discuss what is going on to make this happen in this lecture.

Growth of the Prefrontal Cortex

A parent will begin to notice certain behavior changes in a child due to the growth of the brain. This lecture discusses those behaviors and how you can benefit from them.

Significant Behavior Change

Classical Conditioning is just one of the ways a child will learn especially at a very young age. This lecture will discuss how you can take advantage of that as a parent.

Classical Conditioning

A child begins to learn from delayed gratification as the child becomes more sophisticated. This lecture will discuss the basis of that which is Operant Conditioning.

Operant Conditioning

This lecture discusses how careful a parent should be when using punishment as a means to control a child's behavior.



This quiz will review concepts discussed in Section 4

3 questions
Parenting Styles
6 Lectures 19:44

Proximal parents give their children a lot of physical affection and attention. We will discuss why this is beneficial for the child and what a proximal parent is.

Proximal Parenting

Distal parents give their children a lot of space and time to themselves. We will discuss the purpose of this and what a distal parent is.

Distal Parenting

This lecture discusses the advantages and disadvantages of permissive parenting and what it is.

Permissive Parenting

This lecture discusses the advantages and disadvantages of authoritarian parenting and what it is.

Authoritarian Parenting

This lecture discusses the best balance of parenting called authoritative parenting and why it is so beneficial to a child's well being.

Authoritative Parenting

This lecture will discuss why authoritative parents are the most effective in modifying their children's behavior and why children of this type of parenting are the most well adjusted.

Summary of Parenting Styles

This quiz will review the concepts discussed in Section 5.

Parenting Styles
4 questions
1 Lecture 05:42

This last lecture summarizes the basic concepts from the course and some additional take away tips that can be beneficial for a parent.

About the Instructor
3.9 Average rating
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Developmental Psychology Instructor B.A., M.S

I have been teaching Developmental Psychology at a Technical College for the past 7 years. I have a B.A. degree in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, a Master of Science in Education degree from University of Wisconsin. I am also a foster parent and a parent myself.

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