21 Essential Parenting Resources

The longer you parent, the more you realize just how much more there is to learn. All of us—from the just-home-from-the-hospital newbie dad to the halfway-to-an-empty-nest varsity mom—could use some advice and affirmation along the way. Whether you’re looking for a treasure trove to explore or some quick encouragement for your daily commute, these resources are for you.

Print

• Since its founding nearly 100 years ago, Parents magazine has been the go-to resource for millions of moms, dads, and even grandparents. The much-loved print magazine also has an extraordinarily comprehensive website housing everything from helpful resources on fertility and pregnancy to baby names and tantrum tricks for toddlers. Follow them on InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.

• What to Expect is one of the world’s best-known pregnancy and parenting brands. Heidi Murkoff has written eight books in her best-selling What to Expect series and has teamed up with award-winning journalists, editors, and physicians to produce an expansive website for parents and parents-to-be. The What to Expect Medical Review Board, pregnancy experts, and parenting health gurus review the content, which provides helpful information for every phase of parenting. One feature is the weekly pregnancy calendar: expectant moms can click the tab for each week (1–42) of their pregnancy to learn more about their developing baby, their own changing bodies, and what they can expect in the coming days. Busy parents will benefit from the What to Expect podcast, available on iHeartRadio, Apple, and Stitcher. Follow What to Expect on InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.

Digital

• PBS offers a vast array of online resources for parents. In addition to the latest episodes of shows like NOVA and Nature, PBS’s website contains curated free standards-aligned videos and interactive learning tools. You can even find lesson plans for education levels from pre-K to high school on a variety of topics including emotions and self-awareness, social skills, character, literacy, math, science, and the arts. Be sure to sign up for the PBS Parents weekly newsletter for tips to help kids learn at home. Activities include birthday party ideas, coloring pages, crafts, experiments, recipes, and games, and most are available in both English and Spanish. Follow PBS Kids on InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.

• The most popular name in family entertainment, Disney, provides a helpful online resource for parents. Not surprisingly, this site is all about family fun and offers a host of crafts, recipes, and party ideas. Parents can have creative ideas and helpful tips delivered directly to their inboxes by signing up for the Disney Family Newsletter. Follow Disney Family on InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.

• Focus on the Family has been a staple for generations of Christian parents. The well-known Christian media empire has a special section for parents that includes a wealth of resources. In addition to a library of articles on virtually every topic, the site contains fun activities for families, a bookstore, and a guide to the network’s podcasts.

Christian Parenting provides a variety of resources to help facilitate what they call “perfectly imperfect parenting.” The blog provides a Christian perspective on topics like culture, diversity, blended families, and education. Take your learning on the go with the Christian Parenting network of podcasts. Parents can shop for helpful resources at the online store or sign up for a daily email with practical and spiritual advice. Follow Christian Parenting on InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.

• The Search Institute Educational Research Center bridges research and practice to help young people be and become their best selves. The Search Institute’s Keep Connected Institute offers free quizzes, discussion starters, and activities to help children and teens grow up responsibly and empower families to explore and strengthen their relationships. This online resource complements in-person Keep Connected family workshops that are available to schools, churches, and other organizations.

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Source: Christianity Today

 

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