Cover Story Building a better parent

More groups are tutoring parents on how to raise children, as a key to curbing everything from poverty to joblessness. But, with kids, there’s no simple how-to manual.

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor

The women sitting in this small, fluorescent-lit meeting room in a gritty neighborhood of South Boston are starting to dig down into the heart of the evening’s lesson, “Love and Discipline,” when instructor Pam Bailey turns to the list of parenting personality types she has taped to the wall.