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Parenting Resources

Resources for Military Families

Counseling Resources

What Can I Do If My Child Is Being Bullied?

How Can I Help My Child Cope?
When Should I Get Counseling for My Child?
Resources to Assist Your Children When Impacted by
Domestic Violence.
How Do I Talk with My Child About Drugs and Alcohol?
Do You Think Your Child May Have an Eating Disorder?

Crisis Response Resources

Helping Your Child Cope with Tragedy
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Resources in Different Languages

Responding to Natural Disasters
Preparing Your Family for an Emergency

Education Related Resources

Tips to Help Your Child Succeed in School
My Child May Have a Disability. What Should I Know?
My Child Has Just Been Diagnosed with Autism
What are Common Core Standards?


Where Can I Get Help If I'm About to be Homeless?
How do I Find a School, College or Online Course?

Parenting Resources

Parent Mental Health Resources:  Espanol:  The Child Health & Development Institute of CT recently expanded the Spanish language content on the website.  Information in English.

Are You a Helicopter Parent?  Ten Telltale Signs.  Check out both the signs as well as some suggested responses.  Source:

The Family Routine Based Support Guide: Building Relationships with Infants  (17 pages) was developed to assist parents and caregivers in developing a plan to support infants and toddlers and build relationships.  Family Routine Based Support Guide: Early Elementary 4 to 8 Year Olds  (29 pages) was developed by Team Tennessee to assist parents and caregivers in developing a plan to support young children who are using challenging behavior.   Challenging behavior, typically, communicates a need to escape or avoid a person/activity or communicates a desire to obtain someone/something. Once parents understand the purpose or meaning of the behavior, they can begin to select strategies to change the behavior. They can do this by selecting prevention strategies, teaching new skills, and changing the way they respond in an effort to eliminate or minimize the challenging behavior.   The Guides include strategies for the common routines and activities that occur during the family’s week.   Source:  Technical Assistance Center of Social-Emotional Intervention for Young Children. 

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers is a free, online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for parents of toddlers and preschoolers, Essentials for Parenting provides videos as well as information addressing common parenting challenges, like tantrums and whining.  Strategies are provided on:  Communicating with Your Child,  Creating Structure and Rules, Using Time Out, Giving Directions, etc.    Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NBC News Parent Toolkit.    A team at NBC News has spent the past year building out a new digital resource for parents called the Parent Toolkit. The resource exists as both a free website and mobile app and works to engage parents in the overall development of their children. It features grade-by-grade information about a child’s academic development, social & emotional growth and heath & wellness.  NBC News is also hosting monthly Twitter chats on topics of importance to parents.  See more details.  

Keep Your Child Safe: Mobile Device Safety for Kids

PBS Parents: Your Resource for Parenting Tips & Parenting Advice

Counseling Resources 

What Can I Do If My Child is Being Bullied?

When you, your child, or someone close to you is being bullied, there are many steps to take to help resolve the situation. Make sure you understand what bullying is and what it is not, the warning signs of bullying, and steps to take for preventing and responding to bullying, including how to talk to children about bullying, prevention in schools and communities, and how to support children involved.

What Are Schools Required to Do When Students with Disabilities Are Bullied--Parent Fact Sheet.

How Can I Help My Child Cope?

With Injury, Hospitalization and/or  Trauma    Handouts in English and Spanish to assist parents in helping their child to cope.

Parent Information:  Protecting Your Child From Suicide  (English)  Trauma & Crisis Project from Brigham Young University

Parent Information:  Protecting Your Child From Suicide  (Spanish)  Trauma & Crisis Project from Brigham Young University 

Document also available in  Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Hmong, Haitian Creole, Tagalog, Tongan, Croatian, and Japanese   Translations provided to SSWAA by Melissa Allen Heath,   PhD,  Trauma & Crisis Project from Brigham Young University

When Should I Get Counseling for My Child?

Child Mind Institute:  Tools for parents worried about a child's mood, behavior, or success in school. Including a Mental Health guide, Symptom Checker, Developmental Milestones, Quick Facts on disorders and a Glossary of useful terms.

Kids Mental Health Info:   How do I know when to worry about my child’s mental health? Who do I turn to for help? How do I know if my child needs help right away? Find answers to these and other Frequently Asked Questions.

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health   The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. The National Federation works to develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms, and service systems that utilize the strengths of families. Its emphasis on advocacy offers families a voice in the formation of national policy, services and supports for children with mental health needs and their families.

Treatment of Children with Mental Illness:  Answers to frequently asked questions from parents about the treatment of mental disorders in children.  The National Institute of Mental Health offers a 6 page fact sheet that addresses common questions about diagnosis and treatment options for children with mental illnesses. Disorders affecting children may include anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. 

Domestic Violence

How do I help my children?  The NCTSN Domestic Violence Collaborative Group announces a new series of fact sheets created for parents whose children have been affected by domestic violence. The set of 10 fact sheets gets to the heart of the experiences and needs of these children and families, and offers education in support of their resilience and recovery.    Source:  National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Eating Disorders

The NEDA Parent Toolkit is for anyone who wants to understand more about how to support a family member or friend affected by an eating disorder. You will find answers to your insurance questions; signs, symptoms and medical consequences; information about treatment and levels of care; and questions to ask when choosing a treatment provider. 

Looking for National Eating Disorders Resources in Your Area?   Call 800-931-2237

Substance Abuse

Tips for Teens: Truth About Marijuana  Infographic   English version,    Spanish Version Source: SAMHSA      

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Tobacco  Infographic English version, Spanish version

How Do I Talk with My Child About Drugs and Alcohol?

1 in 5 Parents Think What They Say Has Little Influence on Their Child’s Substance Use.   In fact, parents are among the most influential factors in preventing children’s substance use   Based on the findings of SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health -- an annual nationwide survey of 67,500 Americans aged 12 or older.  "Surveys of teens repeatedly show that parents can make an enormous difference in influencing their children’s perceptions of tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drug use," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde.  Read more.  Source:  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 

All About Alcohol Use and Addiction:  Contributed by Veronica Taylor, After School Care Programs.  Source: Addiction  Solutions of South Florida

Answering Your Child's Tough Questions About Alcohol.    (SAMHSA-- Talk, They Hear You)

A Parent's Guide to Teaching Kids About Drugs & Alcohol  "It’s hard for a parent to imagine a child as young as 12 drinking or using drugs. This may be precisely the reason why many parents wait to talk to their kids about substance use, and often it is too late."   Source:  Teens 4 Safety

Family Check Up:  Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse.     Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs.  These five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth. For each question, a video clip shows positive and negative examples of the skill and additional videos and information are provided to help you practice positive parenting skills.     National Institute on Drug Abuse

Growing Up Drug-Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention  (2012) (64 pages). This guide provides practical and user-friendly information for parents and caregivers to help communicate about the harmful effects of illicit drugs and alcohol to children from elementary through high school.   See the Drug Enforcement Agency's site for other resourcesSource:  The Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Education

How to Tell if Your Child is Drinking Alcohol.     (SAMHSA-- Talk, They Hear You)

The U.S. Department of Justice in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education recently released,

A Kids Guide to the Effects of Alcohol.    Alcohol awareness article directed towards youth.   Stepping Stones Center for Recovery

National Helpline     Provides Treatment Referrals | Call 1-800-662-43571-800-662-4357.  SAMHSA's National Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other resources on the prevention of and treatment for behavioral health issues.

Navigating the Teen Years: A Parent's Handbook for Raising Healthy Teens    Gives tips and checklists to increase awareness and help parents guide their teens to a healthy life. Discusses setting expectations and rules, monitoring teens, and being a good role model to prevent problems such as alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use.   Download here.  (17 pages).

A Parent’s Guide to Talking to Teens About Drugs and Alcohol   Article provides links to numerous articles/handouts/websites to ssist parents.   Written and contributed by Angela Lambert

Parent Talk Kit:  Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Use   (13 pages) The Medicine Abuse Project

The Parent Toolkit: A Drug and Alcohol Prevention Resource for Parents   Whether your child is toddling through preschool, meandering through middle school or cruising through his ’20s -- here are tips to help guide him toward a healthy life at every age!   The Partnership at

Should You Talk to Someone About a Drug Alchohol or Mental Health Problem English     Lists questions consumers can ask themselves to help them decide whether to seek help for a substance abuse problem, a mental health issue, or both. Urges those who answered "yes" to any of the questions to seek help and lists resources for more information.  (SAMHSA)

Deberia usted hablar con alguien sobre un problema relacionado con las drogas, el alcohol o la salud mental?
Should You Talk to Someone About a Drug, Alcohol or Mental Health Problem? (Spanish version)   Contiene preguntas que los consumidores pueden hacerse para ayudarles a decidir si se debe buscar ayuda para un problema de abuso de drogas, de salud mental, o ambas cosas. Urge a los que respondieron "sí" a cualquiera de las preguntas, que busquen ayuda y contiene una lista de recursos dónde pueden obtener más información.  (SAMHSA)

Substance Abuse Resources for Parents and Educators.   National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) 

Talk, They Hear You.    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched "Talk. They Hear You," a national campaign to provide parents, guardans, and communities with the information and resources they need to increase their awareness of the prevalence and risk of underage drinking and to address the issue of alcohol with youth.

Talking to Your Kids About Prescription Drug Abuse:  It's Not Worth The Risk    2 page brochure by SAMHSA

Time to Act! How to Tell if Your Teen is Using and Taking Action to Intervene  Don't panic. You can do this. If you suspect or know your child is using drugs or alcohol, it is important to take action right away. You have already taken an important step by visiting this website to learn more. So don't give up. We're here to help.    The Partnership at

What You Can Do to Prevent Your Child from Drinking Alcohol.      (SAMHSA-- Talk, They Hear You)

Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol.     (SAMHSA-- Talk, They Hear You)


Where Can I Get Help If I'm About to be Homeless?

If you are not homeless yet, it may be possible to avoid becoming homeless by finding out about prevention or emergency assistance programs in your area. Often these programs can help in paying rent, utilities, or bills. If you are homeless now, emergency assistance programs may help with temporary shelter, or security deposits and/or first month's rent.  Find information and service directories from the National Coalition for the Homeless.  Check out their website section:   If You Are Homeless and In Need of Help  

How do I Find a School, College or On line Courses?

Comprehensive Directory of undergraduate college programs that students can take online.   Click here for Directory.   Source:  Online

Search in this directory of online colleges and universities for information on tuition, enrollment, university type and ranking.  Click hereSource:  Online College Database


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