When one becomes a new parent, everything seems daunting and impossible. The thought of being responsible for a real-life miniature human that relies solely on you for its survival is mind-blowing. Diapers, breastfeeding, formula feeding, teething, winding, bonding are among a host of other terrifying things to consider. That being said, taking a course in parenting can be beneficial for everyone involved. Yes, you can never be truly prepared for becoming a parent, but you can at least know the basics. The Airman and Family Readiness Center is now jumping on board, offering moms and dads to be the "Bundles for Babies" class.
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Sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society, the class will be available free of charge to all military families attached to Edwards Air Force Base, situated in Kern County, Southern California. It's to be held every quarter, with the last one having been held on June 8th. Although the program is undoubtedly beneficial to rookie parents, it's not exclusively for newbies. Experienced parents can come along to find out about new resources available to them before, during, and after pregnancy.
Led by AFRC personal finance manager Julie Wilbanks and Family Advocacy outreach manager Arlene Johnson, presentations cover everything you need to know about being a parent from start to finish. This includes budgeting for babies, communication, breastfeeding and our personal favorite - remaining calm during times of stress. Hands up if you feel like you need a retake of that one on a Monday morning school run! We see you.
Parents who have already had the opportunity to take the class have been quick to praise it, calling it fun as well as a great educational and social experience. After all, getting to know other parents is a valuable resource when it comes to raising your kids.
According to Wilbanks, it's not all about raising children, but rather paying due focus to parenthood as a whole. The class also covers lesser talked about things, like estate planning, updating wills, life insurance and making sure that all of your ducks are in a row when it comes to your kids.
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