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Parenting Moments Guides (PDF) - presented by Healthier Urban Families program, created by Beverly Weathington, LMSW
It's My Birthday - April 2024
A Body at Rest - Feb 2024
Observing Black History Month - Feb 2022
Child Trafficking: Keeping our Children Safe - March 2022
Making Memories: Putting Enjoyment at the Top of Your List - Dec 2021 (typo on email, published as 2020)
Gratitude and Young Children - Nov 2021
Demystifying the Morning Rush - Sept 2021
Back to School 2021- Preparing your Family - August 2021
Boredom Buster: the Gift of Reading - July 2021
Self Love: A Vital Part of Parenting - Feb 2021
The Reboot: Promote Familiy Harmony - Jan 2021
Making Memories: Putting Enjoyment at the Top of Your List - Dec 2020
Celebrations & Social Distancing
Bedtime Challenges
Self Care for Parents
Indoor Family Fun
Routines & Schedules

Parenting Moments E-newsletter Archive
Feb. 2023 - Teaching Peace and Justice
Jan. 2023 - An Enhanced You
Dec. 2022 - Good Will to All
Nov. 2022 - The Fine Art of Giving
Oct. 2022 - Swelter to Sweater
Sept. 2022 - Winding Down While Gearing Up
Aug. 2022 - Intentional Moments
July. 2022 - Summer Freedom
June. 2022 - Coming Together
May. 2022 - Perfectly Imperfect
April 2022 - Unearthing Your Child's Interests
Mar. 2022 - Creating Priceless Moments (finances) 
Feb 2022 - Black History Month with Your Family
Jan. 2022 -  Child Trafficking Awareness 
Dec. 2021 - The Gift of Enjoyment
Nov. 2021 - With Gratitude
Oct. 2021 - Focus on Mental Health
Sept. 2021 - Fall Forward
Aug. 2021 - Back to School Edition
July 2021 - Summer Boredom Busters
June 2021 - Celebration Time!
May 2021 - Thinking of You: Support for Families
April 2021 - Racial Justice: A Safe Place
Mar. 2021 - Transitions: Tax Assistance, Getting Vaccines, Reading Awareness
Feb. 2021 - It's All About You: Loving Who and What You Are
Jan. 2021 - The Reboot
Dec. 2020 - Home for the Holidays
Nov. 2020 - Thankful and Safe
Oct. 2020 - Fine Tuning Family Routines
Sept. 2020 - Special Needs During COVID-19
Aug. 2020 - Decisions, Education, and Understanding
July 2020 - Racial Identity & Media Exposure
June 2020 - Fathering and Safe Activities During COVID
May 8, 2020 - Misc. Resources During COVID
April 2020 - Misc. Resources During COVID
Mar. 27, 2020 - Covid-19 Basic Needs

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?

Basic Needs for Metro Detroit Families

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Fun & Educational Online Activities for Children