*The following post is brought to you by MomAssembly. All opinions are my own.
Sixteen years ago my husband and I went to our 20-week ultrasound and found out that we were having a healthy baby boy. We were beyond excited. Actually we were walking on air.
After four miscarriages we were finally getting our happy ending.
We started hanging out at baby stores, planning the nursery, taking baby care classes, and reading every book ever printed on having and caring for a baby. I felt as if I’d finally gained entry into a club that before then I could only press my face against the glass.
When our gorgeous son was born almost 22 weeks later, (10 days past his due date!) I looked at our baby and couldn’t believe he was finally here and was ours.
Then I panicked because after four days of having wonderful nurses help me change, feed, and care for my new son, the hospital expected us to leave — WITH the baby.
It was then Joe and I found out what every other parent had learned before us, babies and children don’t come with instruction manuals.
In 2012 Jill and Jennifer brought their nearly two decades of experience as family and parent educators and created an online Parenting University with over 70 hours of video courses taught by nationally renowned experts in their fields.
The courses are organized in helpful categories such as, Birth to 4 Months, 4 to 8 Months, 8 to 12 Months, 12 to 24 Months, Your Preschooler through Age 5, and even a section, Just for You, with courses such as, Coping with Postpartum Depression and Marriage and Conflict Resolution.
There’s also a list of topics in the sidebar such as, Discipline, Feeding and Nutrition, School Age Children, and Special Needs.
Whether you’re looking for advice on how to Maximize Maternity Benefits, Everything You Need to Know About Your New Baby, or Potty Learning, you only need to go to your computer, tablet, or mobile device and start your class. At any hour of the day or night, completely on your schedule. You don’t even have to get out of your pjs.
And if the baby starts to cry or your five-year-old gets out of bed needing a drink of water and an extra snuggle, just stop the class and pick it up again whenever time is available.
Each of the courses I checked out started with an introduction that was around 10 minutes long and gave a complete overview of what would be covered. Once I finished the first video, I just clicked onto the next. Each class was around 5 to 10 minutes long with most of the courses having around eight classes.
The course that really hit home for me was, The Characteristics of Gifted Learners taught by psychologist,Dan Peters.
Dr. Peters laid out the traits of the gifted learner and gave advice on how best to help this type of student. He also dealt a lot with the “Twice Exceptional” child, which is one who’s both gifted but also has another learning challenge, such as dyslexia, ADHD, or ASD, to name just a few.
Since my youngest fits nicely into this category, I found the information very helpful and will be bringing up some of what I learned at my son’s next doctor’s appointment as well as with his teacher once the new school year begins.
To get a taste of what MomAssembly has to offer, check out this first class from The Characteristics of Gifted Learners:
You can either get a month-to-month plan for $7.99 or a yearly subscription, which comes out to $3.99 a month. Both plans include unlimited access to over 500 classes, downloadable handouts, and workbooks. You can add up to four family members or caregivers to an account! They also both come with a seven-day free trial.
But as a special offer to readers of My Dishwasher’s Possessed, MomAssembly will give the first 10 readers who purchase either one of their plans a free month’s membership when they use this link
Parenting is a tough gig. Whether you’re in those first sleepless newborn weeks, having nightmares that your toddler will go to college in diapers, or have kids in school, there never seems to be an end to the questions and concerns we have. I love that there’s a place we can go, any time of the day or night and get a little peace of mind. MomAssembly gives us the instruction book we all wish came with our babies the day they were born.