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Parenting Help and Resources

Bowen Family Systems Theory

on December 5th, 2011 at 6:30:59 PM

  

Our family emotional systems are learned in childhood and passed from one generation to another. Insight into this process can help us understand ourselves and others, and help us change unwanted patterns of behavior. Read more about Bowen Family Systems Theory, and search for Bowen-trained counselors, on the website of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family.

Celebrate Calm

on December 5th, 2011 at 5:26:59 PM

Kirk Martin learned the hard way that his anxiety and anger were destroying his relationships with his family. Searching for a better way, Kirk worked hard to change his behavior and he repaired his own relationships. He has spent years working with thousands of families. Kirk and his son Casey offer help to parents and children through audio CDs, presentations to school and church groups and online via their website and email newsletters.

Hand-in-Hand Parenting

on December 5th, 2011 at 3:45:06 PM

This nonprofit organization helps parents learn how to build stronger emotional connections with their child. Stronger connections have positive effects on the child's challenging behaviors and other symptoms of distress. Hand-in-Hand now offers online classes as well as a blog,  with stories by parents about how they applied what they learned from Hand-in-Hand.

"Playlistening" is one of the most powerful ways parents can understand their children and strengthen emotional bonds, explains Hand-in-Hand founder Patty Wipfler. Visit their website for many great articles, some available in Spanish.

National Parenting Helpline

on December 5th, 2011 at 5:11:54 PM

A free resource for all parents -- immediate help -- try it out!

Newborns: what are they telling us?

on December 5th, 2011 at 6:13:50 PM

To help new parents, Family Nurse Practitioner Jan Tedder, BSN, IBCLC developed H.U.G. Your Baby (Health, Understanding and Guidance). Ms. Tedder explains how to recognize which "zone" your baby is in -- Resting, Ready, or Rebooting -- and when the baby is sending an "SOS" (Signs of Over-Stimulation). Read the Parent Skills page, and don't miss the link to an illuminating video (in the bottom right corner). A DVD for parents is available for purchase.

Parent Coaching Institute

on December 6th, 2011 at 3:24:31 AM

A nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by Gloria DeGaetano, Parent Coaching Institute trains Parent Coaches to work with families one-on-one, and they aim to help parents “discover more of their own answers.”  PCI’s grad-level, year-long training program for coaches is offered online in collaboration with Seattle Pacific University. On the PCI website, you can search for a PCI Certified Parent Coach (available throughout the U.S. and coaching by phone is also an option). 

Raising Teens

on December 5th, 2011 at 6:09:04 PM

From the Harvard School of Public Health, Center for Health Communication, this free report (available online as a pdf download) identifies 5 basics for parents:

Love and Connect - Monitor and Observe - Guide and Limit - Model and Consult - Provide and Advocate

Written by A. Rae Simpson, Ph.D., the report cites widespread agreement among researchers that parental relationships are key to healthy teen development.

Family and Home Network asked parents to tell us about their own experiences with each of the five basics - see our webpage "Raising Teens" for the parent narratives, and add your own comments and ideas.

 

 

The Partnership at DrugFree.org

on February 12th, 2013 at 6:02:12 PM

DrugFree.org is "a drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resource, existing to help parents and caregivers effectively address alcohol and drug abuse with their teens and young adults."

In many communities there is widespread misuse of alcohol and drugs (including prescription drugs) The Partnership at DrugFree.org has evidence-based advice on prevention, and they begin by saying "Don't give up on your power as a parent."