Rising to the Challenges of Parenting

8/3/17 New Information Added: From one of our wonderful CalWORKs students, Katherine E. - a list of her favorite parenting books: Thank you Katherine!

1. No-Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind - authors Tina Bryson & Dan Siegel, MD

2. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies - authors Tina Bryson & Dan Siegel, MD

3. Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Understanding Can Help Raise Children Who Thrive - authors Dan Siegel & Mary Hartzell

4. Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win With Money - author Dave Ramsey


LINKS ADDED - For happy, well-adjusted children - PARENT AND CHILD INTERACTION


Kids Health site: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/bonding.html


Sometimes we end up as parents without planning. Suddenly, the responsibility of a tiny person is all ours.

Parenting has its challenges and it has its joy. It's a two-way street.

As parents, we learn and we teach simultaneously. Seeing the world through the wonder of a child's eyes can wake us up to everything around us. Looking at a caterpillar, a robin, an Easter Bunny, or whatever through the eyes of our children teaches us to be aware of our surroundings and to see beauty and wonder all around us.

As said, parenting is also a challenge.  It is mind boggling to think about the responsibilities involved in parenting. Physical care, of course, but, also the responsibility of raising children to be emotionally secure and competent. What a huge, but wonderfully important, responsibility this is! 

Check out the following links. If you know of other links that we should add, please let us know. We want to share the wealth! 

Newborn to 6 months: http://www.parents.com/baby/care/

6 months to 1 year: http://depts.washington.edu/allcwe2/fosterparents/training/cdevguid/cdg02.htm

Toddlers and pre-schoolers:  http://www.parenting.com/toddler

Tweens: http://www.ahaparenting.com/Ages-stages/tweens/tweens-preteens

Youth:  https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/adolescence.html

Reading about raising children: http://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress/melissa-taylor/10-best-books-thinking-parents