Recommended books that are good resources for parents

How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elain Mazlish

How to Say It to Your Kids: The Right Words to Solve Problems, Soothe Feelings, & Teacher Values by Dr. Paul Coleman

Is It "Just a Phase"?  How to Tell Common Childhood Phases from More Serious Problems by Dr. Susan Anderson Swedo and Dr. Henrietta L. Leonard

Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

20 Teachable Virtues: Practical Ways to Pass on Lessons of Virtue and Character to Your Children by Barbara C. Unell and Jerry L. Wyckoff, Ph.D.

The Tough Kid Parent Book: Practical Solutions to Tough Childhood Problems”, by William Jenson, Ginger Rhode and Melanie Neville Hepworth

Positive Discipline A-Z by Dr. Jane Nelson

***This is not an exhaustive list, only suggestions of good resources. 


Great websites for parents:
(Some of the websites are related to certain issues pertaining to counseling and others have to do with parenting issues)

An excellent place to start researching topics on the web is called the Child & Family Webguide.  This site reviews and rates websites using a “star” system that easily allows you to tell what the reviewers thought of certain websites.  This site provides links to other sites and gives overviews of the sites along with the ratings that the sites received.  


If you haven’t ever checked out the website put together by PBS, you might want to log on sometime soon.  Great programming has lead to great websites with fun things to do for children.


A companion sight that is helpful with pre-reading and sequencing skills is the website that is devoted to the Sesame Street characters.


The next website is for parents of preschoolers who are trying to ensure that their children are adequately prepared when it is time to enter kindergarten.  It discusses kindergarten and learning readiness.


Parents Magazine offers an interesting and informative site that is hard to leave!  It has a lot of advertising around the edges but also offers nice tidbits of information from parents in the outer edges, too!  It has some topics including pregnancy, advice on children by age, family time, and community.


The Learning Network’s “Parent Channel” offers another informative place to start on the web.  This site has lots of links to newsletters about specific topics and activities for children.  There is both age and grade level specific information for parents of young children.


According to this website site, “CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.”


ADDitude magazine is a magazine for parents of children with AD/HD or for adults with AD/HD.  The magazine has all kinds of informative stories and lots of great tips for things like organization, weight loss, time management, and the like.  The companion web site is:


This is another essential website for parents of children with attention problems.  The website offers resources to both parents and children who face attention deficit disorder.


The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has a neat website with lots of fact sheets for families.  This website has different pages for different topics that parents may want to explore.  If you have a question about a particular topic, this website is a good place to start.  For instance, a trip to this website can answer questions like the following:

“Why can’t my child pay attention?”

“My child has been lying lately, is that normal?”

“My husband has been diagnosed with depression.  How will our children be affected?” 


The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has good resources for parents on keeping children safe.  They also have tips to share with children about keeping themselves safe.


This website is said to be “the most comprehensive special education advocacy site of the internet.”  Pamela Darr Wright, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) has compiled different topics relating to children who might have attention problems or who might need special education services but also has an overview of child development.


The National Center for Learning Disabilities developed this resource for parents of children who have been diagnosed as having a learning disability.  The site offers many different resources on how to cope with various issues.


In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, well-known researchers have formed an institute that works with students with learning differences and their parents.  It is a comprehensive site for educators and parents.


A neat resource for families with topics such as parenting, divorce, childcare, and obesity is:


A website that provides information about divorce and how it affects children who are in different stages of development is:


This site contains useful publications from the U.S. Department of Education, including “Helping Your Child Learn to Read.”


This website provides health advice for children, teens, and parents.  The advice is doctor-approved and the site is a project of the Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media.


Here’s a site that discusses what a school counselor does and ways that school counselors can help parents.  It also has links to various topics related to parents and parenting.  Check it out!


The United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration has a website that offers free resources to educators and parents.  “SAMHSA’s vision is a life in the community for everyone.  SAMHSA’s mission is to build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for substance abuse and mental illness.”  The site provides helpful information about bullying, how to chose a therapist, and a multitude of other topics.


Here are a few more websites that Parenting Magazine recommends to its readers (descriptions of the sites were composed by Anne Reeks and taken from the June/July and September 2003 issues of Parenting):

“A wonderfully utilitarian web warehouse stocks an immense inventory of deeply discounted books ($2 hardcovers abound).”


“Like its spotted siblings ( and, this site is a handy web portal, with links to well-chosen sites tidily arranged by grade level and subject (language arts, math, science, social studies, foreign languages, arts and crafts, technology).  Bottom line: very well organized; a great balance between extensive and easy access.”


“The wise Dr. Math (actually a bunch of math-minded volunteers at Drexel University, in Philadelphia) will personally answer perplexing math questions within a day or two, but only if kids first exhaust the FAQs and archives of previous queries (organized by school level), which cover everything from addition to telling time.  Better not try to sneak past ‘em.  Bottom line:  maximum math might, minimum mollycoddling.”


Let us know if there are any websites that you have found helpful or if any are not informative.  We love to add to our list so please let us know of others you would like to see added.  Thanks!