Parenting Resources

Parenting Classes

Taking a parenting class may help you understand how to best parent your children after separating from their other parent. Also, mental health professionals can help to point out important issues for the family and help you make the separation as easy on your children as possible.

The family court in your county has an office, called Family Court Services, which usually has a list of parenting classes. Find the Family Court Services in your county. Also, most areas have groups like the YMCA or YWCA, youth agencies, community agencies, and religious groups that offer:

  • Handouts on normal development for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • Articles with checklists for picking a quality daycare
  • Parenting classes with tips for handling typical situations

Because there are so many resources available, it is best if you search for what you want in your city or county. Go to an Internet search engine and search for "parenting resources" or "parenting classes" in your city. There are online parenting classes, guidelines, and handouts for parents and children of all ages. Many cities also have parenting classes in languages other than English.

General Parenting Resources

These websites can give you some guidelines that you may find helpful, but an individualized plan for your children is best:


Resources for Parenting Young Children

Most areas have groups like the YMCA or YWCA, youth agencies, community agencies, and religious groups that offer:

  • Handouts on normal development for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • Articles with checklists for picking a quality daycare.
  • Parenting classes with tips for handling typical situations.

Mental health professionals also can help to point out important issues for the family and help you to plan.

There are also a lot of websites with helpful information on parenting children of different ages. Here are some websites that may be helpful:

 

Resources for Parenting Children 6 Years Old and Over

There is a lot of information on the Internet about the needs of children of school age and teenagers.

Here are some resources:


Resources for Children and Teens

There are online resources for children of all ages to help them better understand the changes their family is going through as their parents separate or divorce. Some of these resources are:

  • Families Change: Online guide for families going through separation and divorce.  The guides provide information on dealing with the changes, feelings and emotions during a divorce or separation, the law in these types of cases, resources for the family, and help to work out a child support agreement between the parents.

It has 3 versions – one for children, one for teens and pre-teens and one for parents.

  • Changeville: A fun and interactive website for children of parents who are separated or getting a divorce, helping children learn about what to expect and how to deal with their feelings and emotions during their parents’ separation.

Parenting resources for gay and lesbian parents

You can find information on the Internet and through some community organizations on issues specific to children of gay and lesbian couples.

Here are some resources:

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