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Supporting Young Parents: A Toolkit

 

Parenting and Relationship Skills

Parenting and Relationship SkillsAll parents struggle with understanding how best to raise their children and maintain healthy relationships with their partners. For young parents, these difficulties may be compounded by financial stress, the demands of school, coping with stigma, and simple lack of experience. This page links to resources that support parenting and relationship skills. It also includes information and resources on intimate partner violence.

Parenting and Child Development

Growth and Development

This resource from Advocates for Youth provides an overview of the different stages of human development and sexuality from birth to adulthood.

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Zero to Three: Behavior and Development

This website links to a wide array of child development resources for parents, professionals, and policymakers.

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Parenting in Context

This Cornell University project provides resources for parent educators and includes a section for parents themselves.

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Professional Development Webinars

Designed for professionals working with parents, these NYS Parenting Education Partnership videos include topics such as normal child development, social and emotional development, and family engagement.

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Every Person Influences Children (EPIC)

This grassroots organization is dedicated to helping families, schools, and communities raise children to become responsible and capable adults. The website offers overviews of the programs the organization has developed for children, teens, families, and communities. Contact them to bring EPIC to your community.

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Relationship Skills

Active Listening Guidelines

Organizational staff, community partners, and expectant and parenting young people can use these tips to develop their active listening skills.

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Positive and Corrective Feedback

Learning to provide positive and corrective feedback can be helpful for building relationships. By giving feedback, we help young people assess their own actions, identify their strengths, and consider what how they can improve.

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Teaching Resources for Youth Educators - A Source Book

In this online handbook, a multitude of teaching materials such as games, activities, exercises, handouts, and worksheets have been collected to help young people build communication, relationship, conflict resolution, and public speaking skills. These resources were produced by Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development.

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Communication Skills

This lesson plan from Advocates for Youth provides young people with an opportunity to explore the differences among passive, aggressive, and assertive communication as well as practice assertive communication skills.

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Problem-solving with Teenagers

This six-step problem-solving process from the Raising Children Network offers tips on resolving conflicts between parents and their children.

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Out on a Limb: A Guide to Getting Along

Developed by University of Illinois Extension, this interactive site teaches children conflict resolution skills. A teacher's guide is included.

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Helping Youth Build Relationship Skills

This page from ACT for Youth lists program activities and curricula that emphasize building healthy relationship skills, and includes resources designed for young people.

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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Intimate Partner Violence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a host of information on IPV on this website, including definitions, data sources, risk and protective factors, publications, hotline contact information, and prevention strategies.

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Understanding Intimate Partner Violence

This fact sheet details what IPV is, why it is a public health concern, how it affects health, who is at risk, and how to prevent it.

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National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

The NCADV aims to eliminate domestic violence, empower women and children, promote and unify services, educate the public, and promote partnerships through the collaborative effort of communities and individuals. This website provides information about the NCADV as well as help for victims of domestic violence.

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24/7 Crisis Hotline

Crisis Text Line serves young people in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, 24/7 emotional support and information they need via the medium they already use and trust: text. When a teen texts "START" to 741-741 a trained specialist will respond, helping the teen stay safe and healthy with effective, secure counseling and referrals.

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Domestic Violence Quiz

Designed as a part of the PBS Independent Lens series A Path Appears, this quiz serves as a tool to enhance knowledge of domestic violence.

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