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Parenting Moments Guides (PDF) - presented by Healthier Urban Families program, created by Beverly Weathington, LMSW

Independence in Children
Family Fun on a Budget
Self Care and Parenting
It's My Birthday
A Body at Rest
2024 Resolutions: As a Family We
Encouraging Generosity in Children
Teaching Tolerance
My Child is Struggling
Routines and Schedules
Bringing Back the Fun: Enjoying Time with Your Child
Promoting Independence in Children
Cooking with Children
Supporting Loss
Just Try It
In Case of Emergency
Teaching Peace and Justice
An Enhanced You
Teaching Tolerance
Volunteering:Teaching the Art of Giving
ADHD and Your Family
Intentional Family Time
Up and Out: Back to School
Moving Towards Anti-Racism as a Family
Supporting Children when Violence Occurs
Embracing Imperfect Parenting
Unearthing Your Child's Interests
Family Fun on a Budget
Observing Black History Month
Human Trafficking: Keeping Children Safer
Making Memories: Putting Enjoyment at the Top of Your List
When Children Need Mental Health Services Oct. 2021
Gratitude and Young Children
Demystifying the Morning Rush
Back to School 2021- Preparing your Family
Boredom Buster: the Gift of Reading
Self Love: A Vital Part of Parenting
The Gift of Reading
Giving Children Opportunities to Express Freedom
Talking to Children about Media Violence
The Reboot: Promote Family Harmony - Jan 2021
Making Memories: Putting Enjoyment at the Top of Your List - Dec 2020
Creating Safe and Happy Memories: Home for the Holidays
Thankful and Safe: Celebrating Holidays During Covid-19
It's Time to Come In: Fine Tuning for Fall
Covid-19: Impact on Support Services for Children with Special Needs
Parental Decision Making During Covid-19
Promoting Positive Racial Identity in Black Children
Fathering in Challenging Times - Carolyn Joy Dayton, PHD, LP, LMSW, IMH-E(IV)
Safer Outside Fun (During COVID)
Celebrations & During Social Distancing
Bedtime Challenges
Self Care for Parents
Indoor Family Fun
Routines & Schedules

Parenting Checkup

The 5-a-Day Parenting Program is a resource available to you through the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development! The program focuses on building children's school readiness. It can all be done on a Smartphone.
Here is how it works: HERE

Videos - Preventing Challenging Behaviors - video content created by Dr. Lucy McGoron
ALL young children sometimes exhibit challenging behavior. Some children are more challenging than others. These children might have "strong wills" and need special parenting techniques to help promote their best behavior. During times of stress and change, children are more likely to be challenging by, for instance, whining, throwing tantrums, hitting, or not listening when we need them to do something. 
YouTube Video Library - presented by Parenting Young Children-Check-up
The following videos teach strategies that parents can use to promote their children's best behavior and reduce challenging behavior. Think of these strategies in two ways: preventing challenging behavior and responding to challenging behavior. Put as much "preventing" in place as possible before moving into "responding." Like the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." 
Please direct questions to
Responding to Challenging Behavior

What if my child leaves the timeout chair?

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