Courses aimed at building positive parenting skills and raising spiritual families

The Bahá’í teachings uphold the importance of raising children of good character and building unified families, calling mothers the first educators of the child and children the “most precious treasure a community can possess.” But what do these teachings really look like in a modern day context?

Counter to the common assumption that parenting skills emerge automatically once a couple gives birth to a child, raising service-oriented and resilient children requires a great deal of knowledge, reflection, and skill building. Families thrive when both the parents’ and the children’s growth and development are founded on spiritual teachings. The Parenting courses at the Wilmette Institute aim to build capacity in the participants to make wise choices and create happy, unified homes that are of service to those involved and outward to others.

The Wilmette Institute offers spiritually-based, practical, and participatory courses for:

  • Individuals wanting to study parenting and raising children within a spiritual context
  • Individuals interested in building skills to face the challenges of modern day parents using a Bahá’í perspective
  • Parents who want to engage in practices that uplift the spiritual atmosphere in their homes
  • Members of families and institutions wanting to support parents in their role of raising the next generation of humankind
  • Groups of individuals wanting to study and discuss materials together, either in the same geographical location or over the Internet; groups may be organized with the assistance of a Local Spiritual Assembly or other entity

Course Content:
Courses include the Bahá’í Writings, parent education materials, discussion questions and Forum, learning activities, skill-building opportunities, videos, articles, the arts, mentoring by email, and more.

Course materials are in English, with Google Translate available for approximate translations.

Technical Requirements:
Internet access; devices capable of downloading and reading pdf documents, and email. Most of the readings, activities, and discussions are available on the course’s website, the Internet, or transmitted through email.

The Wilmette Institute provides discounts and scholarships as needed to groups, couples, youth, senior citizens, and pioneers. Please do not register for a course more than three months in advance, because course dates sometimes must change.



Sharing Bahá’u’lláh’s Birthday with Children

FACULTY: Swathi Baskaran

Sharing Bahá’u’lláh’s Birthday with Children is designed to help parents, teachers, and other adults share Bahá’u’lláh’s birthday with children in ways that will help children understand the significance of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth and instill in their minds and hearts the greatness of the day. It will also help children celebrate this very special birthday in a fun and uplifting way. The course will focus on the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the childhood and youth of Bahá’u’lláh, and the early adulthood of Bahá’u’lláh. It will include stories from the history of the Baha’i Faith, service project ideas, activities, and songs to help children understand the underlying spirit of the special two hundredth anniversary of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth.

Dates: September 8 – October 5, 2017


Parenting Faculty Team

The Parenting Section is under the Relationships and Marriage Department.