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Parenting and Relationship Skills

All parents struggle with understanding how best to raise their children and maintain healthy relationships with their partners. For young parents, these difficulties may be compounded by financial stress, the demands of school, coping with stigma, and simple lack of experience. This page links to resources that support parenting and relationship skills. It also includes information and resources on intimate partner violence.

Parenting and Child Development

Find a Parenting Program in Your Community

The New York State Parenting Education Partnership maintains a database of parenting education programs and other human services by county.

Directory

Healthy Children.Org: The AAP Parenting Website

Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), this website offers an abundance of resources for parents, tailored to the child's age group. The site includes a "Find a Pediatrician" look-up feature.

Website: English

Website: Spanish

New York State Parent Guide

The NYS Parent Guide focuses on how parents and other caregivers can use five key skills to develop positive relationships with their children.

Parent Guide

Center for Parent Information and Resources

The Center for Parent Information and Resources supports Parent Centers that serve families of children with disabilities. There are nearly 100 Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers across the US. Find a nearby center through the directory here.

Information and Directory

Growth and Development

This resource from Advocates for Youth provides an overview of the different stages of human development and sexuality from birth to adulthood.

Overview

Zero to Three: Behavior and Development

This website links to a wide array of child development resources for parents, professionals, and policymakers.

Website

Milestone Tracker App

The Milestone Tracker App allows you to track your child's milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC checklists, get tips from CDC for encouraging your child's development, and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

App

The Parenting Project

This Cornell University project provides resources for parent educators through the Professional Pages and Research Briefs. Resources are also provided for parents and caregivers.

Website

Professional Development Webinars

Designed for professionals working with parents, these NYS Parenting Education Partnership videos include topics such as normal child development, social and emotional development, and family engagement.

Videos

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC)

This grassroots organization is dedicated to helping families, schools, and communities raise children to become responsible and capable adults. The website offers overviews of the programs the organization has developed for children, teens, families, and communities. Contact them to bring EPIC to your community.

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Co-Parenting: Resources and Best Practices for Service Providers

This resource begins with a description of the importance of co-parenting and its association with child well-being, and is followed by suggestions for how best to support young fathers and other caregivers in co-parenting programming services. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Tip Sheet

Relationship Skills

Active Listening Guidelines

Organizational staff, community partners, and expectant and parenting young people can use these tips to develop their active listening skills.

Tips

Positive and Corrective Feedback

Learning to provide positive and corrective feedback can be helpful for building relationships. By giving feedback, we help young people assess their own actions, identify their strengths, and consider what how they can improve.

Worksheet

Teaching Resources for Youth Educators - A Source Book

In this online handbook, a multitude of teaching materials such as games, activities, exercises, handouts, and worksheets have been collected to help young people build communication, relationship, conflict resolution, and public speaking skills. These resources were produced by Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development.

Handbook

Problem-solving with Teenagers

This six-step problem-solving process from the Raising Children Network offers tips on resolving conflicts between parents and their children.

Web Page

Helping Youth Build Relationship Skills

This page from ACT for Youth lists program activities and curricula that emphasize building healthy relationship skills, and includes resources designed for young people.

Web Page

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Dating Violence

Compiled by ACT for Youth, these resources promote knowledge about teen dating violence, facilitate effective intervention and prevention, and give guidance on seeking or providing help.

Resources

Intimate Partner Violence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a host of information on IPV on this website, including definitions, data sources, risk and protective factors, publications, hotline contact information, and prevention strategies.

Website

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

The NCADV aims to eliminate domestic violence, empower women and children, promote and unify services, educate the public, and promote partnerships through the collaborative effort of communities and individuals. This website provides information about the NCADV as well as help for victims of domestic violence.

Website

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line serves young people in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, 24/7 emotional support and information they need via the medium they already use and trust: text. When a teen texts "HOME" to 741741, a trained volunteer will respond, helping the teen move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

Information

Domestic Violence Quiz

Designed as a part of the PBS Independent Lens series A Path Appears, this quiz serves as a tool to enhance knowledge of domestic violence.

Quiz

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