Parenting Resources

Sensitive or Responsive Parenting

Providing a secure base from which children can explore their environments – and thereby learn.

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Positive Reinforcement for Adolescents

Parental support and positive reinforcement are crucial to help positively frame experiences as learning opportunities for adolescents

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Positive Reinforcement

A very powerful and effective teaching tool that can help shape and change behavior, positive reinforcement works by presenting a motivating item (reward) after the desired behavior is exhibited, making the behavior more likely to happen again.

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Fears and Phobias in Adolescents

Fears during adolescence include bodily image concerns, life experiences and performance. Parents must be aware of the fears in order to be able to provide support.

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Fears and Phobias

Fear, or anxiety, is a common emotion experienced by everyone. As parents, we need to be mindful of how we respond to our children’s fears.

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Teaching Children to be Resilient

Resilience can be taught or developed in children by skillful parenting. Children need to learn that things do not always turn out the way they would like, but they can benefit, even from difficulties.

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Teaching Resilience to Adolescents

Adolescence is a time to prepare for life as a responsible adult, living outside the home. Parents should assure that their adolescents will be prepared to face real-life situations.

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ADHD - Recent research

Recent research provides some clues to ADHD and gives parents helpful advice

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ADHD update - Parenting style

An encouraging parenting style may help decrease ADHD symptoms

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Monitoring Adolescents

Research from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University demonstrates the importance of parental monitoring - especially in the lives of adolescents.

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