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Parent Resources


Being a parent is very rewarding, but quite challenging at times.  Understanding how children grow and develop and learning how to communicate with them can be of tremendous help in the parent-child relationship.  Listed below are some common questions and common problems parents face.  If you click on the question, you will be linked to an article that can answer that particular question.


How do I discipline my child?

How can I help my child be successful at school?

How do I change my child's unwanted behaviors?

How do I handle situations where my child has lied, cheated, or stolen?

How can I help my child cope with death, loss, and grief?

How do I help my child deal with anxiety or fears and phobias?

How can I help my child deal with being teased?

How can I help my child cope with stress?

How can I teach my child better self-control?


Recommended Books

The booklists below includes a number of books that can be very helpful for parents.  If you click on the book title, you will be connected to a link on, where you can find more in-depth information. 

General Parenting Books


Positive Discipline A-Z:  1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems by Jane Nelson, Lynn Lott, and H. Stephen Glenn

This book offers an optimistic approach to disciplining kids with nonpunitive, constructive solutions.  It covers planning ahead to prevent problems, understanding kids, and giving kids life skills.  





 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 by Thomas W. Phelan  

This book offers a method of disciplining children without arguing, yelling, or spanking.






 Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

This book shows parents how to raise self-confident, motivated children by focusing on responsibility and growing character.








Books About Bullying



Little Girls Can Be Mean by Michelle Anthony 

This books offers a four step plan to help parents offer support for the friendships and social difficulties that face girls as young as age 5.





  The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School- How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle by Barbara Coloroso

A compassionate and practical guide to bullying.  It covers information about how to identify bullies and protecting your child from succumbing to bullying.




Recommended Websites

Below is a list of websites that can be very useful for parents. 


General Parenting Advice - This website provides parents with current, reliable, and practical information on a variety of parenting topics

PBS Parents - This website is filled with information on child development and early learning. - This website offers resources for better parenting and answers many common questions that parents have. The website also offer free downloadable e-books.


ADHD - This website has some great information about identifying ADHD, how it is treated, and what parents can do to help your child at home and in the classroom.

National Institute Mental Health - This website is a great resource for learning in-depth information on ADHD such as the causes of it and the treatment for it.



National Crime Prevention Council - This website has a lot of information specifically about what parents can do to stop bullying. - This website provides expert advice and many articles for parents on the topic of bullying.


Anxiety - This website is a service of the Children's Center for OCD and Anxiety and helps children cope with and overcome the worry and anxiety in their lives, with a special section designated just for parents. 

Anxiety Disorders Association of America - This website offers information and support for those who suffer from anxiety and there is a section specifically about anxiety in children and what parents can do to heLP.



Books to Read Aloud to Your Child

There are many picture books that cover a wide array of social, emotional, or behavioral issues in young children's lives.   Reading books to your children on some of these topics can be a great way to start a conversation with your child about problems that need to be addressed. Listed below are a few books that can be very helpful.  You can click on the titles or the book covers and be linked to a more information on


Books about Interpersonal Communication


 Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook

for ages 4-8




 Words Are Not For Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick

for ages 4-8





My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook

for ages 4-8





Books about Managing Emotions


 Sometimes I'm Bombaloo by Rachel Vail

for ages 4-8



 You Get What You Get by Julie A. Gassman

for ages 4-8




 Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

for ages 4-8




 What to Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews

for ages 6-12





Books about Dealing with Divorce


Dinosaurs Divorce by Marc Brown

for ages 4-8



Books about Loss and Grief                                                                                                                                          


The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

for ages 4-8



Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen

for ages 8 & up




 Books about Friendships & Bullying

Stand Up For Yourself & Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness and Finding a Better Way by Patti Kelley Criswell

for ages 8 & up




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Just For Kids


Below are some great websites for kids.  They cover a range of topics from homework help to dealing with family issues to learning about careers. Please feel free to take a look at them.  



KidsHealth - This website covers topics for the health of the body, but also the mind.  It has a special category about "Dealing with Feelings" with articles about school, home and family, emotions and behaviors, and friends.



BAM  - This is the Center for Disease Control's website for kids that covers many topics on the body and mind.  It covers topics like bullies, making choices, and dealing with your feelings.



PBS Kids - PBS's website titled "It's My Life" is a website for kids that discusses many subjects like school, family, friends, and emotions.








 Bureau of Labor Statistics - This is a website for kids that provides introductory career information for students in grades 4-8.








 Kids.Gov - This is the official kids portal for the U.S. government. It links over 2000 web pages from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared toward the learning level and interest of kids. There is a great section that provides a lot of information on a variety of careers.