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Talk to Your Kids about Sex

Teach your children the facts about their bodies, sex, and relationships. This will help them stay healthy and make good choices as they grow up.

Review Date: June 08, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

Talk to your child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Knowing the facts will help your child make healthy choices.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talk with Your Teen About Healthy Relationships

Find out how to help your teen build safe and healthy relationships.

Review Date: April 19, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

10 Tips for Parents to Help Their Children Avoid Teen Pregnancy

These 10 tips can help parents maintain strong, close relationships with children and teens, and help their children pass safely into adulthood pregnancy-free.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

15 Ways to Help Your Kid Through Crisis - (PDF)

Read how you can help your child before, during and after a crisis.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

KidsPeace

7 Standards of Effective Parenting- (PDF)

Here are some tips to help parents grow emotionally and physically healthy children.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

KidsPeace

About Birth Control: What Parents Need to Know

Kids may not feel comfortable approaching parents with questions about sexuality but let them know your views on sex and birth control. Knowing where you stand helps kids make choices that are right for them.

Review Date: March 13, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Adolescent Development

Read this article to learn about the physical, psychological and sexual development of teens. Tips for parents in dealing with common conflicts between parents and teens are included as well.

Review Date: March 12, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Adventures in Parenting

These RPM3 guidelines aren’t meant to be just another parenting “how to,” telling you what to do. RPM3 does more than tell stories about what people think about parenting, it incorporates 30 years of NICHD research to tell you what really works.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - NICHD

Are You an Askable Parent?

This article provides some tips from experts in the field of sex education on talking with young people about sexuality.

Review Date: August 14, 2012

Advocates For Youth

Back-to-School Tips

This fact sheet provides tips to help parents connect with their child’s school counselor for a successful school year.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

American School Counselor Association

Body Image and Your Kids: Your Body Image Plays a Role in Theirs

Parents are role models and should try to follow the healthy eating and physical activity patterns that you would like your children to follow. Learn how you can play an important role in preventing eating disorders and obesity for your children.

Review Date: June 19, 2012

Office on Women's Health

Communication and Your 13- to 18-Year-Old

Here are a few tips to help you communicate with your teen.

Review Date: March 14, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Communication Dos and Dont's

Keep these points in mind when you talk to your child.

Review Date: March 13, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

CYFERNet: Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network

If you're a professional serving children, youth and families or a parent with your own children, find high quality, research-based youth and family resources from the Nation's Leading Universities

Review Date: November 05, 2012

National Institute of Food and Agriculture - NIFA
USDA

Fatherhood Programs and Intiatives

Find a Fatherhood program near you that may help you be a responsible and involved dad.

Review Date: December 17, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Find a Mothers' Center Group

Locate a Mothers' Center near you to find a community of women, who through mutual support and public advocacy, explore, enrich and value the maternal experience.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

National Association of Mothers' Centers

For Parents: Questions & Answers About Sex

Answering kids' questions about sex is one of the responsibilities many parents dread most. By answering kids' questions as they arise, parents can help foster healthy feelings about sex.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

The Nemours Foundation

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - Child Welfare Information Gateway

If you are a raising a grandchild, learn how to provide the best possible care for your grandchildren while still preserving your own health and well-being.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the Internet

Too much screen time can have unhealthy side effects on your child. Learn why it's wise to monitor and limit the time your child spends playing video games, watching TV, and playing games on the Internet.

Review Date: March 21, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

Help Teens Say “No”

Get tips on how to help your teen say “no” to peer pressure.

Review Date: January 16, 2012

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Helping Your Child Through a Divorce

Divorce is a major crisis for a family, but parents can learn how to help their kids during this difficult time.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Homework Help

This page offers quick and easy suggestions on how dads can navigate homework help like a pro.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

How to Tell If Your Teen Is Using Drugs, and Taking Action to Intervene

Get tips on what to do if you think your child is using drugs or alcohol.

Review Date: January 16, 2012

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

KidsHealth.org for Parents

This web site offers information and answers to questions parents might have about their children's physical and emotional health.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

The Nemours Foundation

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child about Alcohol

Your child looks to you for guidance and support in making life decisions—including the decision not to use alcohol. This guide offers talking tips and strategies to prevent underage drinking to parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14.

Review Date: May 23, 2012

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - NIAAA

National Association of Mothers' Centers

Learn about Mothers' Centers, where women meet for mutual support and explore, enrich and value the maternal experience.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

National Association of Mothers' Centers

Opening Lifesaving Lines- (PDF)

Studies have shown that in families with more open communication, teens are less likely to engage in dangerous risk-taking behavior. This page is designed to facilitate communication between parents and teens about life decisions, peer pressure and destructive behavior.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Parenting the First Year

In this set of 12 newsletters, find out from child development experts the normal changes that babies undergo during each month of the first year.

Review Date: March 07, 2013

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Parenting the Second and Third Years

Being a parent gets more exciting as your toddler learns to talk, play with you and others, and make decisions. In this set of 12 newsletters, find out from child development experts the typical stages toddlers go through during their second and third years of life.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Parents & Parental Involvement - The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

This page offers a list of documents on topics such as," What Parents Need to Know and Do to Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy." Brochures are available in both English and Spanish.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Parents Portal: Infants & Toddlers (Approximate Ages 0-3)

Being a parent of a baby or a toddler can be both fun and hard work. If your child is age three or younger, these resources will help you learn how to give your child a healthy start to life.

Review Date: February 24, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Peer Pressure

Share this Web site on resisting peer pressure with your child.

Review Date: January 16, 2012

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - NIAAA

Pregnancy Options

If you are pregnant, you have three options to think about — abortion, adoption, and parenting. Reading and learning about each one will help you get the facts.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Prevent Teen Dating Violence

Here are some tips on how to help your teen if he/she is in a violent dating relationship.

Review Date: January 30, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Questions and Answers About Sex

Parents can help foster healthy feelings about sex if they answer kids' questions in an age-appropriate way. Here are some suggestions.

Review Date: March 08, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Raising Confident Kids

Get ideas on how to give your child encouragement and praise.

Review Date: January 16, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Resources for Dads

These pages contain tips on how to be a better father, and discuss such issues as discipline, teaching values to children, teaching kids respect, providing homework help, ideas for fun summer activities, and more.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

National Fatherhood Initiative

Setting Rules and Consequences with Teens

Learn about the rules and consequences critical to negotiating your way through the teen years and how they may change as your teen's needs (and desires) develop.

Review Date: October 25, 2011

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Six Parenting Practices: Help Reduce the Chances Your Child Will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem- (PDF)

These six practices include: being a good role model, knowing your child's friends, setting boundaries, having ongoing conversations with your child about drugs and alcohol, and more.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

STDs

Teens are one of the groups most at risk for contracting STDs. Learn what, when and how to talk to your kids about STDs and prevention.

Review Date: March 13, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Steroids

It's important to understand the facts about steroids, their side effects, and what can drive kids to try them. Being aware of the kinds of pressures kids deal with in sports can help you make sure that your child isn't at risk.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Stop Bullying: Information for Parents

Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, there are several resources that may help.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Health Resources and Services Administration - HRSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talking to Kids About School Safety

Knowing how to talk with your children about school safety issues can be critical in recognizing and preventing acts of violence, and will play an important role in easing fear and anxiety about their personal safety.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Mental Health America

Talking to Kids About Social Media and Texting

While today’s tweens and teens may be more digitally savvy than their parents, their lack of maturity and life experience can quickly get them into trouble with these new social venues. For this reason, it is imperative that parents talk with their children about social media.

Review Date: May 09, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Teen Dating Violence

Learn about the warning signs and excuses for dating violence so you can help teens develop healthy relationship attitudes and behaviors.

Review Date: January 30, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Father Factor

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America -- one out of three -- live in biological father-absent homes. This document presents facts on the effects of father absence on poverty, incarceration, crime, teen pregnancy, child abuse, drug abuse, education, and childhood obesity.

Review Date: November 26, 2014

National Fatherhood Initiative

The Healthy Student: Preparing Teens for the College Years- (PDF)

This booklet will review important health issues for you to discuss with your child before the college semester starts. Find tips to begin the conversation and how to approach difficult topics, such as underage drinking, drug use, and sex.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

The President's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative: Tips and Activities

There are a lot of ways to spend time being involved in your child’s life. Even spending a few minutes playing an age-appropriate game online can be a great opportunity to bond with your child. Here are a few resources and ideas to get your started.

Review Date: February 25, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tips on Rules

Here are some suggestions on how to set rules for your family.

Review Date: January 16, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Twelve Alternatives to Lashing Out at Your Child- (PDF)

The next time everyday pressures build up and you feel like lashing out at your child, try any of these simple alternatives. You'll feel better, and so will your child.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Prevent Child Abuse America

Underage Drinking: Steps To Take At Home

Parents will find ideas for bringing up the topic of drinking with their teens, plus research-proven strategies for preventing underage drinking at home and in their community.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Understanding Your Child's Behavior

All parents struggle with some of the things their children do. While there is no magic formula that will work in all situations, it is helpful to understand the kinds of issues that impact a child's behavior.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Zero to Three: Free Parent Brochures and Guides

This page offers brochures on nurturing your child's healthy development, early literacy and language development, and more. Many brochures are available in Spanish as well.

Review Date: March 15, 2011

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families