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Schneider: Pierced Eyebrow Punctures Parental Peace - Imagine, for the sake of argument, that on the eve of her 18th birthday, a girl you know and admire - a girl whose health and happiness are among your primary concerns – tosses out the possibility of getting her eyebrow pierced.


Attention in School: Some Advice - This is a great “how to” article specifically written to address concerns of parents who suspect that their child might have an attention problem, but which also contains a wealth of great parenting advice for all parents and all kids. For example, here you will find specific examples of ways to get answers to the question, “What did you do in school today?” beyond the usual “nothing” and “stuff.”


Dr. Mel Levine: How to Prep Your Child to Become An Adult - In his book ‘Ready or Not, Here Life Comes,’ pediatrician and author Dr. Mel Levine addresses why some kids make a successful transition into adulthood while others do not. "Most parents wonder if their child will be prepared to tackle adulthood when they grow up. Now, after decades of observing children grow into young adults, nationally known pediatrician and author Dr. Mel Levine addresses why some youngsters make a successful transition into adulthood while others do not.”


The One-size-fits-all Way Girls Are Taught Explains Their Differences With Boys - A distinguished Harvard professor suggests women may be innately less capable of scholarship at the highest levels and asserts that the pursuit of an academic career will cause a woman's body to shunt blood away from the uterus toward the brain, rendering that woman "irritable and infertile." A flurry of press coverage ensues.


Teaching What Matters - Wouldn't the world be a better place if our kids hung on our every word? If they worshiped our wisdom and lived to do everything we told them to do? Probably not, but it's easy to feel that way.


What About Me? - Remember, as I’m sure you’ve already heard, that you’re no good to anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself. Your child may be the book, but you are the first chapter.


Listening to Your Kids - How are you listening to your kids? If you're one of those rare "born listeners" who can get almost anyone to open up, you're lucky. If you're like the rest of us, you can probably improve your listening skills. Maybe you're frustrated that your kids don't give you a chance to listen. Do you get a one-word response when you ask how the day went at school? "Fine." And don't your instincts often tell you that "fine" is a wildly inaccurate description of the day?


10 Tips to Prepare for a Parent-Teacher Conference - Parent-teacher conferences are designed for both the parent and the teacher to learn things about the children in question. Preparation is key if you really want to utilize your time with your child’s teacher, says Joan Firestone, director of early childhood for Oakland Schools. Here are 10 tips on how to prepare for a better parent-teacher conference.


Reducing Special Needs Parent Stress - A lot of parents who have kids with special needs get a free helping of stress every day. With extra nuts -- and sprinkles. If this is you, how do you start an anti-stress diet? Start small. Take a break. Oh yeah, right. When are you going to find the time?


Dads Take a Role in Their Kids' Schools - Armed with a telephone, Jay Kaliski managed to start a small revolution at Birmingham's Covington 3-8 School five years ago. "Ways for parents to support the school were already there. I could tell dads wanted to participate, but didn't know how," he said. So with a list of parents' names and phone numbers, Kaliski called all 450 households to invite fathers to help create a support and fund-raising group composed solely of men.

First Check - Test your teens for drug abuse in the privacy of your own home. Test kits include those for marijuana, cocaine, opiates and methamphetamines (including Ecstasy). These are the same kits offered by police departments and school districts nationwide.


Featured Website: notMYkid - An organization dedicated to raising awareness about the most prevalent youth and adolescent mental and behavioral health issues.  Learn about Depression, Substance Abuse, Teen Pregnancy, Eating Disorders, ADD / ADHD, Lying, Internet Addiction, and Many Other Health Issues.


Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids - Practical Ways to Create a Calm and Happy Home. What can you do to help your children cope with stress? How can you give them the skills for talking over problems, instead of fighting about them? Where can you find time to help your kids be less volatile, more cooperative, and happier? In Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids, Naomi Drew brings the same revolutionary action plan she developed for the classroom to parents everywhere. Illustrated by concrete situations, hands-on examples, and testimonials from real-life parents. [$14.00 from The Peace Company]


Program Profile: Woodley Hills Elementary School Makes the Most of All Resources - Parents and community members are an important part of the mix at Woodley Hills Elementary School. Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Woodley Hills is a culturally diverse school where more than 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.


Weekly Time Focusing on Family Brings Hard-to-Reach Parents to School - Today’s busy lifestyles can make getting even some of the most highly educated parents involved with their children’s education a challenge. The problems are compounded when parents lack formal education and confidence that they have the knowledge and skills to help their child.


Your Kids Need You - Our instincts tell us that individuals who live in loving families that spend time together make for better individuals – but how many of us actually live like we believe it?


Featured Resource: Children’s Scholarship Fund - Founded in 1998, the Children's Scholarship Fund provides partial tuition assistance for low-income families to send their children to private schools. More than 62,000 children have benefited from scholarships across the United States as part of our mission to open the doors of educational opportunity to families. Eligible families are required to demonstrate their financial need as measured by standards similar to the Federal school lunch program, which takes into account family size. The Fund focuses on elementary education because the earlier a child receives sound schooling, the better. Scholarships are awarded to all eligible children in a family to attend the school or schools of their choice.

IL Little League Faces Behavior Code - Starting next season, Little League players, coaches and parents in Lake in the Hills may have to promise, in writing, not to yell at, boo or argue with umpires.


How Do We Keep Him Safe? - Many things may run through a parent’s mind after he or she reads about certain tragedies. In the past month, you may have heard of three people with autism who died after wandering from their homes. One died as the result of being hit by an automobile; two drowned within a short distance of home. How do we keep Andrew, our 3 1/2-year-old son, safe? How does anyone keep his or her child safe?


What's to Blame For The Rise in ADHD? - A study published in the journal Pediatrics in April suggests TV viewing in very young children contributes to attention problems later in life. “The study revealed that each hour of television watched per day at ages 1 through 3 increases the risk of attention problems by almost 10 percent at age 7,” said Dr. Cristakis, lead author. Jane Healy, an education psychologist in Vail, Colorado, and author of "Your Child’s Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning from Birth to Adolescence," believes common programming tactics designed to capture attention can have a deleterious affect on brain chemistry.


Teens Maintain a Positive Outlook - Today's teens: They don't like the idea of a military draft, they're stressed out about grades and they regard their parents as practically awesome. Those were among key findings unveiled Tuesday.

Checklists, Notes and Memory - I’ve never been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or Attention Deficit Disorder, as my son has. But, as my wife will attest, I certainly have some of the tendencies of both. Okay, more than some.

Educators Tackle Classroom Discipline - Schools have a grip on the most serious discipline problems like drugs and guns, what with police officers on many campuses and nearly universal zero-tolerance policies. What's harder to handle are the minor distractions in class--the pencil tappers, hair pullers, loudmouths and latecomers, according to a report released in May just as most schools were letting out for the summer. Smart-mouthed kids are quick to remind teachers that their parents can sue them.


The Best Teacher Ever - Think about the best teacher you ever had. It’s an uncommon pleasure to remember someone who believed in you before you were sure you were worth believing in.


Planning is The Key To Success - What do you want your child to achieve this year? What are your long-range goals for your child? What do you want your child to be able to do when he or she leaves the public school system? What steps do you need to take to help your child meet these goals?


What's A Dad Worth? - I heard a discussion about a dad's worth the other day as I was radio channel surfing in my car. Two talk show hosts were hotly debating some comments made by actress Nicole Kidman. The topic: does a rich single mom have anything to complain about? The female host said that even a famous, wealthy single mom can have it tough raising kids. The macho male host wasn't buying it. "Come on, she's got jillions of dollars! She can buy anything she needs."


Parental Stress Leaves Mark on Kids - Kids have it rough these days. Their parents' financial troubles are their troubles. Their parents' marital woes are their woes. And it's depressing them. The National Institute of Mental Health recently reported 2.5 percent of children up to age 12 suffer from depression. Region experts said our kids are depressed too, though no number of local children suffering from depression is available.


Violent Marriages May Make Violent Children - Children of violent marriages may be more than twice as likely to set fires intentionally or be cruel to animals than those from nonviolent homes, according to new research. The study shows that problems in the family, especially violent behavior among father figures, significantly increase the risk of fire setting and animal cruelty in children, and these behaviors set the stage for later adolescent delinquency.


Fathers and Kids, a Timeless Connection - Today's dads are more hands-on, but fathers of every generation are heroes to their children.


Becoming Dad the Incomparable (A Father's Day Refection) - I was awake most of the night last night - lying in bed thinking about being a dad. And thinking about two truths: It's tough being a dad. It's great being a dad.


Practicing Social Skills - When's the last time you got frustrated because you told your child not to do something, and two minutes later he or she is doing it again? I think of this as "Teflon Shelf Syndrome." If you consider the brain as a storehouse with shelves, some kids seem to have some shelves that are coated with Teflon - and are tilted so things slide off easily. So...maybe it's not your son's fault that his finger strays to his nostril. It's not your daughter's fault she doesn't make eye contact when you speak to her. Maybe it’s the way their brains work.


Parents Don't See Obesity in Kids: Heavy Children Seen as 'About Right' - A study released Friday by the American Diabetes Association found that most parents don't recognize obesity in their children. The study was one of two released at the association's 64th annual meeting in Orlando. Although that study looked at British children, at least one Michigan pediatrician said the same is true in the United States.


When Children Feel Rejected - The breakdown in marriage over the last 50 years carries a cost: America has evolved from being a culture of belonging to being a culture of rejection, and its children are paying the price. Parents belonging to each other. That's what children need more than anything else this nation can give them.


The Daily Parent: Special Focus on Fatherhood - Much has been written about mothers and raising children, but what about fathers? Men feel the conflict between what it takes to build good relationships with their children, and how to handle the pressures of the workplace as much as women.


When Children Bite - You turn around to pick up a few stray toys - and it happens. Erin lets out a piercing scream. You rush over and there's the tell-tale sign - red teeth marks on Erin's arm. Biting is one of the most difficult behaviors to deal with in young children. Biting is very similar to hitting, but it is much more dangerous. Young children have more power in their jaw muscles than in their arms, so the damage is more severe. And it can happen in an instant, even when you are standing right there!

MA Too Close For Comfort - For all their virtues, small towns are hard on misfits. The social forces that push misfit boys over the edge are still alive in isolated communities where most school shootings occur.


Featured Website: National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy - The goal of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy by one-third between 1996 and 2005.

Featured Publication: Making the List: Understanding, Selecting, and Replicating Effective Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs - A Putting What Works to Work publication, Making the List helps those working with young people to navigate lists of effective teen pregnancy prevention programs and make informed decisions about how to select the best one(s) for a particular community and population. Order a print copy.


Boys Don’t Cry: So What’s a Man To Do? - A common stereotype is that men bury and sometimes deny their emotions. On the other hand, I have many experiences as a psychologist and as a father and many sources which tell me quite the contrary. My own story and those of the men who seek my counsel have to do with being the father of a child with a disability or special healthcare needs. These extraordinary experiences are often a catalyst that defies the stereotype.

Teaching Social Skills "Frontwards" - To give parents the benefit of the doubt, we don't use poor teaching tools on purpose. We do what seems obvious at the time. But, looking back, I'm sort of amazed that I kept trying the same thing for so long when it wasn't getting results.


If Your Child Learns In Two Languages: A Parent's Guide - A parent's guide for improving educational opportunities for children acquiring English as a second language. Available in PDF format in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Haitian Creole.

U.S. Study of Young Children Links TV to Attention Deficits - Young children who watch television face an increased risk of attention deficit problems by school age, a study has found, suggesting that TV might over-stimulate and permanently "rewire" the developing brain. For every hour of TV watched daily, two groups of children - ages 1 and 3 - faced a 10 percent increased risk of having attention problems at age 7.


Book Challenges Ideas About Kids, Divorce - Joshua Coleman may not think of himself as a myth exploder, but the he is challenging some of our society's most accepted ideas. Coleman, a psychologist who has spent his professional career counseling couples, has come up with some theories that challenge current assumptions about the effects of divorce on children.


Lax Discipline Makes For Spoiled Kids? - You've seen them. Terrorist toddlers screaming at the supermarket. Kamikaze kindergartners with anger issues on the playground. Surly adolescents with no respect for anyone over 18. And you've wondered: Have kids always been this way and I'm just getting crankier? Or are today's parents spineless saps producing an inordinate number of brats? Talk to parenting experts, school principals and teachers and you'll get an earful.

Putting the "Parents" in Parent-Teacher Conferences - According to the National PTA, frequent communication between home and school is the key to academic success. Providing opportunities for parent-teacher conferences, encouraging parent participation in school events, and sending notes or e-mail messages home helps foster good relationships that support children's learning.


Preventing Conduct Problems in Head Start Children: Strengthening Parenting Competencies by Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Parenting Clinic, School of Nursing, University of Washington


Terrible Twos and Hypothesis Testing - The “terrible twos” can be a very difficult time for parents and caregivers. Children at this age not only do things adults don’t want them to do, but also do things because their caregivers don’t want them to.

Planning For a Disabled Child's Future - Parents make provisions for the years after their own passing. 

Parenting: How to Build Your Child's Confidence


Vitamin D Deficiency in Teens Called Epidemic - In some ways, Leon Jordan is a pretty typical teenager -- he doesn't get much outdoor exercise, prefers movies and video games, and won't drink milk. Those habits contributed to a vitamin D deficiency that has helped weaken the 18-year-old's bones and left him prone to fractures.


Refrigerator Magnets are Tool For Learning - Displaying kids' work is one way to boost performance. Get yourself a magnet - lots of them. The school year is about to begin, and I am guaranteeing a sure-fired strategy for success.


What Black Parents Must do now ... - As the black parent of a teenager, I share the recently publicized pain of some black high school parents in Shaker Heights, an affluent suburb of Cleveland.


Common Sense Parenting - Features a common sense skill of the week, family spotlight, parenting questions and answers, and more.

National PTA Common Sense - Whether you're a parent, a caregiver, a PTA or community leader, Common Sense gives you effective and easy-to-use ideas and materials. We encourage you to explore and make use of the many resources offered on this Web site. Everything you do can make a real difference in the lives of children.

Girls & Boys Town Parenting Tips - Information on Staying Calm, Reaching Goals with Charts and Contracts, Making Friends, Bullies, Dealing with Children's Friends, Conversation Skills and Kids Home Alone.


Are we stigmatizing our own children? - "If we, as parents, summarize or characterize our children by their disabilities, are we not essentially agreeing with those who would see our children in terms of their challenges or problems instead of seeing the child's strengths and talents and character?"

Parenting Tips: Chick Moorman's 10 Best and 10 Worst Things To Say To Children


9 Ways to Boost Your Child's Positive Attitude Before the Bus Comes - These no-nonsense pointers will help you remove a large portion of last-minute stress that comes along with every weekday morning.

How to Know when Your Child Needs Residential Treatment - Many of us are coping with kids who exhibit challenging behaviors. Despite the headaches of parenting, we as parents want to do everything that we possibly can to help our child. One of the most difficult and heartbreaking decisions a family can make is to decide that residential treatment is needed for their child.

Five Best & Worst Things You Can Say to Kids About War - Chick Moorman outlines effective and ineffective strategies for communicating with children about war and terrorism. The five best? 1) "What have you been hearing about the war?" 2) "You can watch TV for only 30 minutes, and I want to be present." 3) "What do you suppose it looks like from the other side?" 4) "I don't know what will happen, but I know we'll be able to handle it." 5) "I understand how you could feel that way." The Five Worst: 1) "God is on our side." 2) "We are right and they are wrong." 3) "There is nothing you can do." 4) "You don't know what you're talking about." 5) "There is nothing to worry about."


Parenting: The 1st Year -


Parenting: The 2nd and 3rd Years -


What is Parent to Parent? Parent to Parent programs provide emotional and informational support to parents of children who have special needs. To provide this support, trained and experienced veteran parents are carefully matched in 1-1 relationships with parents who are newly referred to the program. Because the veteran parent has shared the experience of disability in the family, the veteran parent is often able to provide a unique form of support that only another parent who has "been there" can.  To learn more about this program visit:


Family Issues (PDF; 15 pages) - Learn how to address your child’s special needs while nurturing your marriage and enlisting help from other family members.

The Institutes For The Achievement of Human Potential: - Serving children by teaching parents how to enhance the development of their children based upon proven brain research and documented results with both well and brain-damaged children.


Parenting Resource: The Beach Center on Disability has conducted research for and with families on family and policy issues related to disability - including research about Parent to Parent. To learn more about the Beach Center, its research, and its products and resources, visit:


Chart Jungle - Free printable and reproducible charts for use during infancy, the preschool years, kindergarten, and other learning stages. Use the charts provided to help you get more organized in your life and activities.


Special Families Resources - On this site, psychologist, author, and parent Robert Naseef, Ph.D., along with others, share insights and experiences on family life. A variety of topics are discussed - focusing on the special needs of families and emphasizing the role of fathers.

Parent Leadership Associates - their mission is to improve student achievement by engaging parents to become decision-making partners in public schools through on-site consulting, technical support, workshops, conferences and materials.


Identifying Learning Differences in Adopted Children - When you made the choice to adopt a child, you took a leap of faith at least one bound beyond that taken by other parents. And, if your child is challenged by learning or attention problems, your parenting path may now seem strewn with “speed bumps” caused by these overlapping issues.


Study Shows Preschool Programs That Involve Parents Can Prevent Child Abuse - In one of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods, a little girl with pigtails and a denim jumper stands in front of a table and fingers the shape of wooden letters as she fits them into a puzzle. In the next room, her mother talks to a teacher about taking the GED and how she can help her daughter with homework.


U.K. Parental quality at issue - Study says kids raised by mom or dad alone have more problems.


Safe, but sorry - Today's kids are more secure than ever, but their parents are more worried than ever. Are we 'protecting' our children to death?

Parenting: Run, Jump, and Play! - After he learns to walk, your toddler will start tackling a wide range of big-fun moves. Here are 9 ways to give those skills a boost.


CA Program strengthens parents - National research has shown that PAT children demonstrate advanced language and problem-solving skills compared with peers. Longer-term studies show that PAT parents remain engaged and involved with their children's progress on into their elementary school years.


With Open Arms: Embracing a Bright Financial Future for You and Your Child with Disabilities and Other Special Needs - New Financial Guide for Parents of Children with Disabilities and Other Special Needs.


Through the Looking Glass is a non-profit agency that works with families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.  Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized non-profit center and first National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities.  They provide direct services, training, materials and research concerning families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.


CA Latino parents' group honored for San Jose school's improvement


MA Parents Learn English, So They Can Help Their Children


Parents Engaged in Education Reform (PEER) - - Provides opportunities for parents, parent organizations, and professionals to learn from each other about school restructuring efforts.


Series on Child Development and Play

Part 1: Development Experts Say Children Suffer Due to Lack of Unstructured Fun

Part 2: Creative Play Makes Better Problem-solvers

Part 3: All These Groups Work to Enhance Children's Play


Just Released! Helping Your Child Series

The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching


Culture of Achievement - "They flocked to meetings, meet-the-teacher nights, bake sales and assemblies." The school was far more successful than its geographical and socioeconomic neighbors.


Read the article "It Takes Strength to be a Parent Instead of Your Child's Friend"


Teens, sex, and power of parents - Study finds strong impact of moms on adolescent sexual activity.


Parenting Resources for the 21st Century -


Read the letter "Dear Teacher" by an anonymous parent regarding her child with ADHD at



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