Can Parenting Classes Reduce CPS Intervention For Michigan Families? (Pt 2)

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Adult classes don’t have to happen on a campus to be effective or change your future. Parenting classes can make a huge difference too!

Welcome back and thanks for joining us. We’ve been looking at the subject of parenting classes, and how they can help parents avoid CPS interactions in the future. As we shared in the previous article, one mother from Bay City, who had lost her daughter to CPS, took a parenting class and said it turned her life around. She got her daughter back and hasn’t had to worry about CPS since because she is so much better equipped to handle the challenges of parenting. And she’s not the only one. Many parents have benefited from parenting classes over the years. But you don’t have to wait until CPS is already involved before you attend a class.

Why would a parent need classes to raise their kids?

So many parents today are struggling with how to raise their children. And while we could spend months just discussing the many factors that influence children in today’s world and make them harder to parent (social media, poor quality food, behavioral disorders, trauma), the reality is simply that many parents aren’t equipped to handle their children. Parenting is a very challenging, very emotionally draining, full time job. You don’t get days off, you don’t get paid, and in many cases, you don’t have support staff. With all the other stressors and difficulties life throws your way, it’s not hard to imagine why parents have such a hard time taking care of their kids

Parenting classes teach redirection, which reduces child abuse

One of the issues that parenting classes address is styles of discipline and discipline alternatives. Often, when a child is doing something they’re not supposed to do, a frustrated parent will put them in time out, send them to their room, or spank them. Studies show that time outs and time spent away from others aren’t truly effective methods of discipline, and spanking has many detrimental long-term effects. So what options are recommended by mental health professionals? Redirection, which helps keep kids safe by ensuring that a parent doesn’t lose their cool in a moment of frustration and make a mistake they can’t take back.

A great deal of child abuse happens because parents are struggling.

Parents are human beings. They struggle with toxic stress, being overworked, trauma, substance abuse, and many other issues. And as you can imagine, these things affect the way they parent their kids. Having no healthy coping skills in place when their kids are misbehaving, no support system for difficult times, and no options to fall back on for discipline alternatives. In a situation like that, when you feel trapped, alone, and unable to control your emotional responses to negative situations, is when “bad” things happen and CPS gets involved. But a parenting class can equip a parent to handle these challenges more easily.

If CPS is already involved, make sure you get the right help!

Once CPS is involved the situation needs to be handled differently. Obviously you can still take a parenting class and benefit from it, but if you’re dealing with CPS you’re going to need legal help. At The Kronzek Firm our experienced and aggressive CPS defense team has decades of experience defending parents who are being harassed by CPS. We know what you’re up against, and how difficult this is. So don’t say a word to them until you’ve called us at 866 766 5245. We’re available 24/7 to help you fight for your parental rights.

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