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Resources For Parents

Resources For Parents

With hundreds of “expert sources” offering free advice on child psychology and children’s health, it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff. Here are some of the more reliable resources for parents seeking facts and hacks.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

The team at Pacific Medical Training have published an article about “Autism Spectrum Disorder”, click to read all about it.

9 Ways to Make Social Media Safer for Children

As parents, our two top priorities are to keep our children safe and to provide as many opportunities as possible for them to make the most of their lives.

However, we also know that it can be challenging to do both at once; allowing our children to experience life often comes…

How To Teach Kids About Investing

Investing at a young age is one of the best ways to build wealth over time, however, only 6% of children have an investment account. Our experts at Bankrate created a guide that provides parents with ways they can teach their children about investing. It includes:

  • Teaching kids about spending and saving money
  • Explaining the basics of investing and how it works
  • How to open an investing account for your child
  • What lessons your children can learn from their investments
Children and Screen Time: How Much is Too Much?

It’s hard to go anywhere in this world without looking at a screen. With so many digital devices out there- from phones to tablets to computers and TVs- there is always something to look at…


Our new guide shares valuable information on what types of health insurance are available to vulnerable youth, who qualifies, and what coverage includes. We also include a number of additional resources where individuals can get support.

Understanding Screen Addiction and Responsible Digital Use

Have you been spending more time on your phone or laptop? The way we spend our time has been changing as a result of COVID-19. Whether it’s during a lockdown or as we adjust to new norms, it’s likely you’ve been spending more time on your devices.

How Substance Abuse Impacts the Whole Family

Substance use disorder can do a lot of damage to a person’s life, but it doesn’t stop with only one person. At Granite Recovery Centers, we’ve heard many heartbreaking stories…

How To Build A Sober Network

Many of us know of a friend, family member or someone that’s suffering from a mental health ailment, co-occurring disorder or addiction. To make things worse COVID continues and more people have turned to alcohol to cope with the unprecedented uncertainty and stress. This has unfortunately lead to a 9% increase in alcohol related deaths on the road. The largest jump since 2007 according to MADD, Mother’s Against Drunk Driving.

A Parents’ Guide To Establishing Morning Routines

As school comes to an end, it can be difficult to keep your children in a structured routine throughout the summer that works for both you and your child. Our resource provides advice on how to implement a morning routine that will last for your family. 

Mental Health Impacts from Working Out at the Gym

An article the massive mental health impacts that can be gained from regular exercise.

Soft Skills

In this article we deeply analyzed the core value of soft skills, why those skills are important for your career, 10 most important soft skills you need to have, etc.

Developmental Disabilities and Oral Health

Developmental disabilities can impact a person’s general and oral health standing. This is because certain disorders impair learning, physical, language, and behavioral capabilities. In addition, practicing good oral hygiene at home may be difficult, which can lead to serious oral health issues over time.

How to Use Your Social Work Degree to Help Decriminalize Mental Illness

Our team guide offers expert advice for those wanting to enter the field of mental health, insight on the importance of mental health professionals to better help first responders dismantle and de-escalate crises, and a list of resources to help readers navigate how and where they can receive assistance for those with mental illness.

Domestic Violence Definition, Statistics, Awareness, Law & Advocacy

This guide provides essential information regarding domestic violence, including resources to help one potentially prevent cases of domestic violence, or to assist those experiencing or witnessing domestic violence take action against it.

Helping a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused

There are parents who have children that were sexually abused when they weren’t under their watchful eye. It may have taken place at school, sports leagues, or a day care for example. We have put together an extensive guide on how to assist children who have been sexually abused. There is a lot of helpful information for victims and families of victims.

When Does Discipline Become Abuse?

I would like to share with you our resource, When Does Discipline Become Abuse?, in hopes of it being a valuable addition to your site and shed some light on the grey areas of disciplinary actions on children.

Addiction Center

We are very passionate about helping families who are struggling with substance abuse by providing proper information on the potential risks of abusing drugs and/or alcohol and the many ways it can affect family members.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP is a membership organization founded in 1930 to promote “optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.” It has sixty-six North American chapters of healthcare professionals, and has published over 800 books for physicians and laypeople. The website prominently features a selection of health-news and health-tips posts.

American Society for the Positive Care of Children

The “Nation’s Voice for Children” focuses primarily on stopping child abuse and neglect, but also offers resources for “ordinary” families. Check the website and books for advice on disciplining, teaching healthy assertiveness, dealing with bullying, and spotting signs of trouble in your child’s relationship with a caretaker or other adult. It also has resources for parents considering fostering or adoption.

Focus on the Family

Despite the controversies generated by FotF’s conservative stand on social issues, the Parenting section of their website is worth checking out, especially for ideas on building family ties and teaching responsibility. Parents of difficult children will also find tips on firm-but-kind discipline.

March of Dimes

Pregnant mothers (and their husbands/partners) and parents of disabled children can get advice and insights from MoD, the premier advocate organization for the prevention of birth defects.

Money Geek

MoneyGeek, one of the fastest-growing personal finance sites, has published two great resources to help kids (and adults!) learn about compound interest, one of the cornerstones of personal finance.

Compound Interest Calculator


Use the search engine of this vast article library to find topics and subtopics (from ADHD to discipline to violence in schools) related to children’s mental–emotional well-being. Example article: “How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children,” which presents tips for preventing codependency and helping children grow into self-confident adults. You can also find quizzes to evaluate everything from your natural parenting style to your child’s back-to-school readiness (there’s a whole menu page of quizzes related to specific mental illnesses).

With most schools going virtual for the foreseeable future, families are looking for ways to keep their children educationally engaged.

Our experts provide ideas for educational games and lessons to help children of all ages begin exploring the benchmarks of financial literacy such as earning, saving, and investing to help them develop valuable problem-solving skills.

A Department of Health and Human Services website dedicated to dealing with the bullying problem and what parents (and other adults) as well as children can do to stop it. Includes a Resources page and a page dedicated to the cyberbullying trend.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway

This government website features a podcast series on “advice for enhancing services to protect children and families.” Other resources found here: a directory of state resources on all aspects of child welfare; a directory of parent advocacy groups that emphasize healthy family life; and an electronic resource library of child-welfare research.

Maryville University, Protecting Child Welfare and Preventing Abuse

Maryville University Online wants to help educators and social workers continue to understand what child abuse is, how it’s defined federally and state by state, and how to recognize signs of an abused child. The guide goes through each of those points, as well as defining specific types of abuse and maltreatment, and lists some steps to help protect children.

YMCA of the USA

The “Y” is America’s classic go-to organization for summer sports programs, but many people don’t fully appreciate what it offers in educational opportunities, health and safety information, and emphasis on positive values. Area chapters have their own websites with news and calendars of events.

Kids Guide to Saving Workbook

With 14 pages for kids to fill in and color on, the guide also includes:

  • A calculator that illustrates the magic of compound interest for a child’s understanding
  • Budgeting worksheets to calculate how much to save and set savings goals
  • A quiz to test their learning with a certificate of completion at the end
Cerebral Palsy Guide

Cerebral Palsy Guide is a national support organization dedicated to educating individuals and families about cerebral palsy. We strive to provide answers and guidance to ensure that families receive the assistance that they need to help improve their overall quality of life.

The Simple Dollar

Our guide was created to help teens become comfortable with financial topics, such as investing in stocks and low-cost funds as they prepare for financial independence.

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