Parenting Help and Resources
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.
"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.
A free resource for all parents -- immediate help -- try it out!
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.
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.
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."