Online Parenting Resources
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These free online resources offer helpful hints and support to parents.
- Children Home Alone — Self-care can be a rewarding experience for children who are ready for it.
- Praise that Builds a Child’s Self-Esteem — In an effort to enhance their children's self-esteem, parents should use praise to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of their children.
- Making Friends — During the preschool years children develop social skills they'll need to establish and maintain friendship.
Discipline & Behavior
- Catch Your Child Being Good — Many parents spend a good deal of time attending to their children when they're misbehaving. However, when they are behaving appropriately, parents often don't say or do anything.
- Dealing with a Child’s Anger — Just as children have a right to be happy, sad, lonely, or bored, they also have the right to feel angry.
- Dealing with Your Own Anger — Anger is a normal reaction. It's also an emotion many parents don't know how to deal with when it comes to their children.
- Listening Skills — Reviews why listening to your child is important and how it acts as discipline tool.
- Monitoring Tips — A strategy that is effective in preventing problem behavior is parental monitoring.
- Guidelines for Setting Consequences with Your Child — Strategies for parents to use to teach natural and logical consequences rather than punishment to change the child's behavior.
- Setting Limits for Responsive Discipline — Limits are like the guardrails on a bridge — they provide a sense of security.
- Using “Time Out” as a Discipline Tool — Time out is a way of correcting behavior by placing a misbehaving child in a quiet place alone for a few minutes and then talking about the problem.
- Truancy: Why It’s Important to Go to School — One of the most important things families can do to help children succeed is to make sure they attend school regularly.
- Using Guidance Tools — Strategies for parents to use in managing conflict and to teach responsibility.
- Using Natural and Logical Consequences — By allowing children to experiene the pleasant or unpleasant consequence of their behavior, parents and caregivers help chidlren learn what happens because of the behavior choices they made.
- Using Nurturance and Prevention Tools — Strategies to help parents raise healthy, happy, secure children and strategies parents can use when children are not misbehaving that will keep problems from occurring.
- What About Spanking? — There are many teaching, nurturing, and disciplining tools available to parents that are more effective and less harmful than spanking and other forms of physical punishment.
- Parenting Styles — Although parents at one time or another use all the parenting styles they tend to primarily parent using one approach.
Parent - Child Relationship
Child Care Resources
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