Helpful Links

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Education  The Center for Parenting Education


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Stress Reduction 

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.

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.


Mindfulmind that child sign discipline 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.

Mindful Parenting article provides information on techniques which reduce stress for both parent and child.


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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.

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…..

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)

 Homework Help
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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 exerciseswe’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.

See the following link for Parent and Student Econ Illinois programs and activities –
Online Safety

Raising Your Digital Natives Responsibly  View this Youtube video exploring internet safety.

A Platform for Good is an excellent website which helps families with online safety tips and issues.  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.

Google has released an educational site on how the browser works called Good to Know. Included is a section about family online safety. Be sure to visit the  Parent page on YouTube viewing.

Substance Abuse

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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.

PEP Talks – Robert Crown Center Helps parents talk to their kids about health issues including drugs, alcohol use, and sex education.


Taking Your Teen to a Therapist – World of  Psychology    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 counseling time. Helpful article about taking your teen to a therapist. Includes quotes from Dr. John Duffy Keynote presenter for Parent University 2016.

Additional Resources for Parents

Confident Parents Confident Kids.  Great source for parents who want to reduce stress for themselves and kids

My Amplified Life Website   Great resource for parents and teens on a variety of life issues

Lead Website   Advice for parents regarding Substance Abuse issues and more.

Parent Further Website   Great website offering parent support and webinars on life issues.

Spirituality of Parenting  Discussion Guide for Parents and Teachers addressing the spirituality of children.  

Recommended Reading Past Parent University Speaker Reading List Suggestions

 Expert Advice on Educational Apps for Your Kids and More From Verizon Wireless