- How to Ace Parent-Teacher Conferences (Wall Street Journal)
- 5 Tips for a Better Parent-Teacher Conference (Schools of Thought — CNN)
Parenting and Stress: Developing your own Coping Strategies Stress is an inevitable aspect of parenting. It can begin in pregnancy, or even earlier for people with reproductive issues. By the time a child is born, no parent is immune from the stresses of their position. http://adrenalfatiguesolution.com/parenting-stress/
Confident Parents Confident Kids -This blog is dedicated to offering simple, practical ideas for incorporating social and emotional skill development into everyday life. There are lots of parenting websites and blogs out there. How is this any different? Read on…..
Mindful Parenting – Want meaningful engagement with those around you? The new book, Mindful Parenting, along with the comprehensive website, Mindful Life, provides simple and easy to implement solutions that fit into the realities of modern life. Kristen Race, Ph.D., parent, teacher and author is the founder and creator of Mindful life methods and programs. Click here to see her Tedx Talk.
Project Happiness Randy Taran is the founder of Project Happiness, a non-profit that empowers youth to create greater happiness in their lives and in the world. The Project Happiness Handbook is available to teachers and parents on Amazon. A social emotional curriculum, JumpStart to Happiness, is available for schools.
Click here for more information on the 7 Doors to Happiness, a program for everyone, which is discussed on Randy’s blog on the education website, Edutopia.
Race to Nowhere Action/Follow Up Items Follow this link to the documentary website with action items for parents and teachers to help reduce student anxiety.
Raising Happiness Newsletter Teenagers: Are Yours More Entitled Than Grateful? When gratitude is a good idea that doesn’t work. So how can we help an entitled adolescent become happier through gratitude? Nov 18, 2011 by Christine Carter, PhD. Read more of this blog.
Helping Teens Reduce Stress is discussed in this podcast by the author of Fighting Invisible Tigers by Earl Hipp. This book was recommended by our 2012 Parent University Keynote Speaker, Diane Leamy.
Mindful Parenting article provides information on techniques which reduce stress for both parent and child.
Resilience Guide for Parents We tend to idealize childhood as a carefree time, but youth alone offers no shield against the emotional hurts and traumas many children face. The good news is that resilience skills can be learned.
Does Childhood Stress Stay with You for Your Whole Life? By Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor, Parenting | Parenting
LaGrange Cossitt School featured in Chicago Tribune article for Social Emotional Learning curriculum. Read article about how local school has been working to provide stress reducing activities in the classroom setting. (2012 Parent University presenter)
Should We Rethink Our Anti-Bullying Strategy? From playground cruelty to the online rumor mill, we’re hearing more about bullying than ever, but are we getting better at helping kids and teens cope? We look at the facts behind all those sensational headlines — what we know and don’t know about why bullying happens and what we can do to minimize its effects. (from Time Magazine article)
Khan Academy This is a great free tool for helping your child with math, science and other elementary and high school classes. A great help during the year if your child is just not getting a subject. Check out the SAT video for your college bound junior. “With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, we’re on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.” (from Khan Academy website) Visit this blog to hear one person’s story about the affect Khan Academy had on his life.
Paying for College
Lessons Learned from a College Guidance Counselor That Parents Should Study An Interview with Dave Marcus, Author of Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges – And Find Themselves (From Teen Life Blog)
The Net Price Calculator: Financial Aid ‘Game-Changer’? This New York Times article states “it is an online device that offers customized approximations of college costs based on standardized inputs − family size and savings, for example. The calculator estimates a prospective student’s financial aid; subtracts that amount from a college’s “list price,” or full cost; and spits out a “net price,” the amount a particular student must pay or borrow to enroll.”
Econ Illinois Parents are encouraged to be advocates for economic education. As advocates, parents need to know about economics and the expected outcomes of their child’s study of economics. The links are dedicated to better inform and highly motivate parents and students.
Raising Your Digital Natives Responsibly View this Youtube video exploring internet safety. http://youtu.be/jkXX1MdUYtM
Netsmartz.org NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
Warning on taking pictures from your cell phone and posting them! Learn how these photos can be traced back to the sender’s location. Please watch this video and take the recommended precautions. Learn how to change the settings on your phone as well as your children’s in order to ensure your family’s safety and privacy.
How to Talk To Your Kids About Drugs Illicit drug use among adolescents has increased steadily since the early 1990s. Children and teens in today’s society have easier access to alcohol, tobacco and drugs, meaning substance abuse starts even earlier in life than in past years. Prevent drug abuse among adolescents by following these proven principles. Read more
Heroin Prevention website program for parents from Robert Crown Center.
» Taking Your Teen to a Therapist – World of Psychology psychcentral.com It’s hard enough knowing when you need to see a therapist and navigating the entire process from picking a professional to making the most of your time once …… Helpful article about taking your teen to a therapist. Includes quotes from Dr. John Duffy who will have a session at PU2012.
Additional Resources for Parents
Confident Parents Confident Kids. Great source for parents who want to reduce stress for themselves and kids www.confidentparentsconfidentkids.org
My Amplified Life Website Great resource for parents and teens on a variety of life issues http://www.mylifeamplified.com
Lead Website Advice for parents regarding Substance Abuse issues and more. http://www.leadingefforts.org/parents/links-for-parents/
Parent Further Website Great website offering parent support and webinars on life issues. http://www.parentfurther.com
PEP Talks – Robert Crown Center www.robertcrown.org Helps parents talk to their kids about health issues including drugs, alcohol use, and sex education.
Spirituality of Parenting Discussion Guide for Parents and Teachers addressing the spirituality of children. http://www.onbeing.org/program/spirituality-parenting/feature/discussion-guide/1581
Expert Advice on Educational Apps for Your Kids and More From Verizon Wireless