Resources for parents and other caregivers

Topics relating to generic parenting topics such as parenting styles, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as resources on specific parenting issues such as skills development, increasing positivity, building financial literacy, and divorce.

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Articles, handouts, and blogs

5 Tips for Raising Fiscally Sound Children
The 7 Worst Things You Can Say to Your Kids During a Divorce
9 Ways to be More Proactive
9 Ways to Encourage Your Children’s Individuality
10 Characteristics of Healthy Parent-Child Relationships
Alternatives to Advice Giving: Questions to guide problem solving
Behavior Profiles and Power
The Challenge of Setting Boundaries
Characteristics of a Good Boundary
Checklist: Characteristics of Healthy Parent-Child Relationships
Children at Risk: Common characteristics and family patterns
Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution
Creating a Safe Emotional Environment for Kids (and Others)
Curfew Blues: Time to agree about time 
Dangers of Obedience and People Pleasing
Dream Big: Encouraging your children’s fantasies—and their future
Examples of Some New Ways of Thinking: Transforming old messages…
Finding a Safe Adult: Advice for Kids (and the adults who care about them)
Getting through the “Gimme” Season (Tips for joyful giving and staying sane)
Good Parenting or Effective Parenting?
Guidelines for Handling Your Children’s Negative Behavior
Guidelines for Offering Choices to Your Children
Guidelines for Reinforcing Cooperation
How do you Parent? Noticing patterns in your parenting style
I-Messages: The handout
Magic Sentences for Effective Communication
Making Someone Wrong: What does that really mean?
Motivating Cooperative Behavior
My Parents Don’t Trust Me!
Obedient vs. Cooperative Behavior
Parenting Teens (written for counselors with tips for parents)
Playing Well with Others: Not all it’s cracked up to be
Power Struggles with a Three-Year-Old: Channeling anger and frustration to get to a positive outcome
Questions, Not Answers
Reasons to Not Ask “Why”
Reasons to Use Boundaries
Rules and Beliefs of Unhealthy Systems
Some Kids (Really Do) Study Better When…
Supportive Alternatives for Dealing with Other People’s Problems and Feelings
Things to Remember when Setting Boundaries
Thinking of Consequences as the “Good Stuff”
Tips for Raising Financially Sound Children
Tired of Nagging Your Kids? Here’s what you can do instead
Ways to Avoid Problems with Your Children over Money
Ways to be a More Conscious Parent
Ways to be an Effective Mentor
Ways to Build Irresponsibility in Children
Ways to Help Your Child Survive Your Divorce
Ways to Model Respect with Your Children
What’s so Hard About Win-Win?
What’s Wrong with I-Messages?
When Teachers Lose Their Cool: Help for kids dealing with a mean, aggressive teacher


Book: The Book of Article Reprints
Book: Creating Emotionally Safe Schools
Book: Listas Para Padres: Qué Hacer Y Qué No
Book: The Parent’s Little Book of Lists: Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Parenting
Book: Parents, Teens and Boundaries: How to Draw the Line

Audio: Parent Tapes (CDs or mp3 download)

Articles: Individual article reprints for educators, counselors, parents, and general interest.

Stationery Item: Elementary Booster Shots free reproducible black-line masters for elementary kids
Stationery Item: Secondary Booster Shots free reproducible black-line masters for secondary kids

Free download: “Pads” on the Back Templates in multiple languages


The Choice is Yours with Lynn Collins
Compassionate Schools with James Wright
“Constructive Differencing” with Jared Scherz
Creating an Environment of Resiliency in School with David Friedli
Is Control the Goal? with Tammy Cox
Real-World Job Readiness with Carol Smith
Teaching Money Management to Children with Judy Lawrence


Bearing Witness: Support for Kids in Crisis
Grownups, Kids, and Boundaries: How to Draw the Line
“My Brain Doesn’t Work Like That”: Creating Success with Non-Traditional Learners by Accommodating Learning Differences
“No Really, I’m Fine!” Connecting with Kids in Emotional Distress
Parents, Teens and Boundaries: How to Draw the Line
Positively Positive at Home: Keeping the Focus You Want
Secrets of Successful Mentorship: Practical Ideas for Great Leaders
“You Can’t Make Me!” Using Boundaries Build Responsibility, Cooperation, and Mutual Respect

Other resources for parents

Please Note: Some resource include material originally developed for educators with content that is equally applicable for parents and caregivers.

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