This empirical study addresses parental skills regarding both their influential factors and the extent to which parents can be strengthened in their educational tasks through parental education. For this reason, eight experts in the field of parental education from ZWEI UND MEHR-ELTERN-KIND-Zentren (education centres for parents with children) were interviewed by means of a half-standardised interview guide. These interviews dealt with programme planning and choice of topics, observation and experiences - all in relation to parental skills and opinions of parental education as training measures. In addition, a questionnaire for parents assessed information on their educational behaviour, perception of their own competences, contentment in partnership, as well as on the needs and interests in terms of parental education. The sample comprised 118 parents. The results were discussed in view of current scientific literature and presented in the conclusion of the study.The findings show that a high conviction of competences and self-efficacy are closely connected to educational behaviour and contentment in parenthood. Subjective judgement of the quality of partnership is correlated with educational behaviour, a conviction of competences and the impression of self-efficacy. In spite of a high conviction of their educational competences, contentment in their partnerships and positive educational behaviour, parents are affected by overloaded expectations and uncertainties. In this respect, parents-child-groups are perceived as a low-threshold supporting measure in educational matters. They offer opportunities for both exchange with other parents and activities with children and therefore they are preferentially attended.