Resources for Parents

Developmental Assets:

  • You can use this checklist to help identify which assets your child has and which you can help build. The assets are building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up to be healthy, caring, and responsible. [downloadable pdf]

“Stressed Out”:

  • An article on pressures that trickle down to our children, and how we can help save their childhood.

Parents Portal — The National Campaign:

  • Check out the Parents Portal at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy site. There’s advice on talking to your kid about relationships, “That’s What He Said” perspective from guys, and links to further resources.

Runaway Switchboard:

  • You can call 1-800-RUNAWAY (anonymous, confidential, and free) for information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home. It’s also a hotline for kids who are thinking about running away or are ready to return home. You’ll also find more info at thewebsite.


Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

  • 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255 is a free, confidential, 24/7 resource available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The website also offers more about how to identify if you or a friend are at risk for suicide.

Eating Disorder Info for Parents:

  • Andrea’s Voice Foundation, which addresses disordered eating and related issues, provides some insights specifically for parents

“Wanted: Dads and Moms”:

  • This article by Tom Amato calls for moms and dad equipped with unconditional love. [downoadable pdf]

“What Price, Privilege?”:

  • This article addresses the phenomenon of families that are successful and affluent, yet their children suffer from unhappiness or anxiety or in other ways are not successfully navigating adolescence.

Reading List:

  • Chapman, Gary. The Five Love Languages of Teenagers
  • Faber, Adele, and Elaine Mazlish.How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
  • Glasser, William. Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom
  • Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
  • Levine, Madeline. Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
  • Pipher, Mary. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
  • Pope, Denise. Doing School: How We Are Creating A Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students
  • Roy, Jim. Soul Shapers: A Better Plan For Parents and Educators
  • Smeltzer, Doris, with Andrea Lynn Smeltzer, Andrea’s Voice: Silenced by Bulimia