Rising to the Challenges of Parenting

Reaching for the stars...

Please send us your parenting tips or resources you have found helpful so we can share the knowledge! Send it to jhuntington@santarosa.edu. Scroll down for more resources. 

From ME on 5/3/19: Make a point every day to check in with your child or each child if you have more than one. Sit and talk for 20 minutes or so to build that connection. Ask how the day went for the child. Even if they are small ask about day care or how school was that day. Pick up on the child's emotions and be there for support with a warm hug!  

New Link added 9/11/19: https://www.verywellfamily.com/types-of-parenting-styles-1095045

Do you know the difference between authoritative and authoritarian parenting? Between permissive or uninvolved?. Read the above link above for the answers.

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Being a parent is hard and they don't teach it in school. 

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.

It is humbling 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! 

Check out the following links. If you know of other links that we should add, please let us know. 

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

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

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