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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Some Great Parenting Links

It’s a challenge to be good parents.  There are so many things to think about when raising children.  Below are some parenting topics with links to some useful, authoritative information.

Helping Children Cope With Crisis

If your child has experienced a crisis in their life, they may exhibit some warning signs that parents should be aware of.  The following changes or behaviors may be signs of a problem:

- Clinging behavior
- Fears that won’t go away
- Nightmares
- Bedwetting
- Difficulty paying attention
- Jumpy, edgy
- Behavior problems in school
- Headaches, stomachaches, or dizziness for no known reason
- Sad or less active
- Always talking about or acting out a disaster
- Irritability
- Changes in eating behavior
- Decrease in academic performance

For more information, visit:

Helping Children Cope with Crisis: Just for Parents (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)

Talking to Children about Terrorism and War (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words when you need to talk to your child about certain subjects.  Here are some links to information to help you:

Talk to Your Kids about Sex (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)

Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)

General Parenting Links:

Effective Parenting (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Learn Some Positive Parenting Tips (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Parents: ABCs of Raising Safe and Healthy Kids (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Positive Parenting (Nemours Foundation)

Parenting MedlinePlus Health Topic

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