· To understand the stages of development children go through
· To access information on parenting children
· To implement more effective parenting skills for difficult children
· To access local and national links for parenting information
· To complete an effective parenting survey
· To write out an effective parenting plan, based on the age of one’s children
Becoming a parent and developing good parenting skills is perhaps the greatest gift you can give any child. It is an enormous responsibility and one that not many parents are not truly prepared for. A starting point for parents may be to better understand their child and the process of development that all children go through as they grow and develop.
Parenting Children 101: For an overview of child development stages and a specific understanding of your child within these stages, click on http://www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/parenting/ .
There is a plethora of websites that can help you develop new understanding of best child-rearing practices. The following have been reviewed as excellent resources with links to areas of particular interest for you as a parent:
· Parenting the Difficult Child
Go to www.healthyplace.com/Communities/parenting/elaine/difficult.html for help in dealing with difficult children and some tips for management of these children for parents.
· Parenting Children with ADHD or ODD
Go to http://addadhdadvances.com for help in understanding and forming good behavior if you are a parent of a child with ADHD or ODD.
· Parenting Children through Divorce
For single parents wanting information on the consequences of divorce and the immediate impact on children of all ages, go to an excellent resource to help with the transition to single parenting skills. This resource is www.transparenting.com.
· Parenting Elementary Children (K-6)
There are two age-specific websites for help in dealing with elementary kids, particularly as it relates to discipline. For help in helping your elementary age children, particularly with school tools, go to http://childparenting.about.com/library/weekly/topicsub2.htm.
· Parenting “At-Risk” Teens
Another excellent site for help in dealing with your “at risk” teenager can be found at http://www.helpourteen.com. It discusses schools, programs, residential treatment programs and more.
· Parenting Skills for “New Parents”
This website is a must for new parents needing some assistance on what to do as a new parent. No manual came with the new baby but this has excellent links to wonderful information. Click on www.ocmarriage.org/id10.htm .
· Parenting Skills for “Any Parents”
This website has been around for a long time and parent magazine is an excellent resource for staying abreast of contemporary parenting issues. The strength of this website is its “customizing potential” to get at age and issue-appropriate information. Click on http://www.parents.com.
Feedback and Review: (This example is specifically for Billings, MT, but something like this could be done for any locality.)
The following state and local resources are opportunities for participation in follow-up activities and classes that can help you with the challenges of good parenting development. Go to www.hrdc7.org to access the ASK Directory and a link to many community resources.
The ASK Directory also has a link to the Billings Adult Education Home page with a internet link to the Pilot project. Some programs have e-mail links already in place and others are being developed. Until the following local community resources are linked by e-mail, their addresses and phone numbers are listed as a way to contact the agency for parenting classes and other parent-resource information.
Local Resources in Billings, Montana:
Community Resources Alternatives
808 Grand Avenue
516 N. 32nd St.
Billings, Mt 59101
Family Tree Center
1120 N. 30th
Billings, Mt. 59101
3123 8th Ave. South
Billings, Mt 59101
Young Parents Unite for Strength/HRDC
3116 First Avenue North
Billings, Montana 59103
415 North 30th Street
Billings, Montana 59101
1345 Elaine St.
Billings, Mt. 59105
New Learning Opportunities:
For future consideration and when your children get older, you may wish to access internet information for using technology that is safe and appropriate for your children. You may find help with this challenge at http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/internet to assist you on your parenting journey.
Another great resource can assist you in as a parent is Career Parent Magazine. This information is available online you and your child. This resource will help answer some questions about kids and their future. It offers insights that help young people plot their career paths. It is useful information, which you can access by clicking on http://www.careerparent.com .
Transfer of Knowledge or Skills:
If you wish , you may take a survey to ascertain whether you may need to do further investigation. This checklist is found at http://familyhood.com/10min-quiz.html . Good luck with parenting and thank you for taking the time to access this pilot project. You have given your children a great gift.