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Having a new baby can be a wonderful experience, but the reality is a new baby also brings additional stress as new parents struggle to change diapers, burp the baby and figure out how to comfort a crying child.
Recent horrible cases of child abuse prompted us to share some of the resources available to new parents to learn specific skills to care for a newborn.
Developmental specialist, Tammy Morey, offers classes at Baby Bungalow, a childhood resource center for families with children up to 5 years old.
She says by taking parenting classes young parents can reduce these statistics by learning coping skills, developing realistic expectations, and learning how to effectively manage the stress and pressures that accompany being a new parent.
Teenage parents can attend classes through community resources such as Planned Parenthood and local community resource centers (there are 7 resource centers throughout Hillsborough County.
The classes are all offered at reasonable rates.
FRANC -Fathers Resource Network Center offers classes such as Boot Camp for new Dads.
Tampa General Hospital also offers the Boot Camp for new Dads classes