Nuts & Bolts

This section has information on the basics of child rearing from infancy through adolescence.  Parents can learn about establishing good daily habits, setting limits on children's behavior, and communicating effectively with teens.  This section will help parents be informed, get organized, feel competent, and truly enjoy the childhood years.

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Children's Need by Age

Effective parenting is raising children to assume the responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges that will come to them as men and women. This section gives moms and dads an approach to parenting that is based on meeting the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs of children. It is about raising boys and girls with a plan and a purpose. Children's needs are presented by age and stage of development, from infancy through adolescence.

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Parenting Plans

The Parenting Plans take basic information about child development and present it in the form of questions.  Moms and Dads who answer “yes” to the questions in each section are probably meeting their children's basic needs. Parenting Plans address the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual needs of children from birth through adolescence.  They serve as a road map to successful parenting. 

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Limit Setting

Limits teach children how to live and function at home, at school, and in the community. Contained in this section are articles, suggestions, and recommendations for establishing limits or rules for children's behavior. Parents are given guidelines on how to decide what they want their children to do and how to communicate their expectations. The methods presented are based on the premise that parents are teachers rather than critics of children.

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Positive Parenting

The concept of positive parenting is based on the idea that a child’s behavior is best shaped in an environment that is nurturing and supportive. It is possible for children to do better without first making them feel worse. The articles in this section provide information and tools to help Moms and Dads become positive parents.

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Parenting Styles

A parent's way of interacting with children has an impact on children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development. This section presents research-based information on the topic of parenting styles. Some styles are more effective in terms of raising children to become well-adjusted adults. Parents can use inventories here to determine their parenting style. This can help parents make positive changes in the way they relate to their children.

Support Groups

Support groups offer a place for men and women who have similar challenges to receive help, learn new coping skills, and feel more in control. The online parenting support groups on this site help meet the needs of moms and dads who are single parents, parents of multiples, same gender parents, parents of gifted children, and more. The groups provide parenting tools that give moms and dads confidence and direction.

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Webinars

Webinars are classes, workshops, or seminars that take place on the internet. They allow participants to join discussions and interact with the instructor. The parenting webinars on this site instruct Moms and Dads in subjects such as establishing routines, disciplining children effectively, and developing parenting plans. Parents can ask questions, offer comments, and make the learning experience their own.

Dialoguinars

Parenting dialoguinars are discussions among people with expertise in the subject of child rearing.  Moms and Dads can improve their parenting techniques by watching and listening to experts exchange ideas. Topics include discipline, child development, and self-esteem. These are open and frank conversations among professionals about the welfare of children.