For Parents and Caregivers

Hello, OLG Parents and Caregivers!

Part of my responsibilities as your child’s school counselor is to provide parent education and support for families of OLG students.  In order to do this, I’ve assembled a list of helpful parenting resources, listed at the links below.  Additionally, we will have parent education seminars (or webinars during school closure) that will provide additional guidance and support with parenting.

Helpful resources:

Topics for All Parents and Caregivers

Internet Safety

Fight Child Abuse – They have some great videos for a variety of age levels about safety topics, including internet safety.

NetSmartz – This is a great site with lots of information for both kids and adults about keeping kids safe online.

Common Sense Media – Comprehensive advice on the best ways to keep your child safe online, including tutorials about safety suggestions for specific apps, web sites, and other media

Parent notes about student internet safety presentation – Use these notes to have a conversation with your child about what he/she learned during the student internet safety presentation.  Please note that the highlighted content was omitted from the presentation.  Terms that were used with students are contained within the script.

List of Internet Safety Resources – A comprehensive list of internet safety resources and safety pledges can be found here

Distance Learning, Homework

Distance Learning Tips – Helpful list of tips and tricks to help kids do their best while learning from home

Homework Guide – From the National Association of School Psychologists, a comprehensive list of ideas to make homework a less painful activity at home.

Homework Helper – Suggestions for how to structure homework time for your child’s success

Executive Functioning – A comprehensive document from Harvard University about how to build your child’s executive functioning, a key skill for academic success, from birth through adolescence


Emotional Intelligence

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Tools for Families – Videos that show how to use the RULER Curriculum tools in your home to build emotional intelligence and social skills in your children

How to Raise a Resilient Child – Infographic with main ideas to keep in mind to build resiliency.  There is much more information available on the blog section of Big Life Journal.


Parenting, Discipline

The Power of Positive Attention – Informative article about how you can wield the power of positive attention to improve your child’s behavior

Connection Through Correction – The importance of connecting with your child before disciplining

Parenting Guides – Age-appropriate advice for caregivers of preschool through college-aged children

Liana Lowenstein’s List of Parenting Articles – Well renowned therapist and author Liana Lowenstein has a great list of parenting articles here about a wide variety of topics

Managing Problem Behavior at Home – From Child Mind Institute, an independent, non-profit that is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders

How To Spot Your Child’s Strengths – About how to recognize your child’s strengths and help them channel them for positive outcomes

Building Strong Relationships with Kids – Ted Talk video and tips for how to build relationships with kids of all ages

Why Punishment Doesn’t Work and What Does – Information about the differences between punishment vs. discipline and how to get it right

Empathy vs. Sympathy – Brené Brown talks about the differences between empathy and sympathy in this video

Suicide Prevention Training – The University of Washington LEARN program organizes free suicide prevention training for parents and caregivers periodically.

Chore Pad – A free app that helps keep track of chores for families



For Parents and Caregivers of Elementary-aged Children

Creating a Calm-Down Corner at Home – Help children self-regulate by creating a calm-down corner and helping children learn to use it when they become upset

Struggles with Screen Time – Tips for helping your child if ending screen time is a struggle

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, a book by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.  This bestselling parenting classic still has great advice for parenting kids today!  A must for your parenting bookshelf.

Talking With Children about Anxiety or Worries – Counselor Keri has helpful tips about how to talk to kids who are struggling with stress



For Parents and Caregivers of Teens

ParenTeen Connect – A web site organized by Second Step to help parents of teens with navigating parenting topics

Helping Your Middle Schooler Make Friends – Advice to support your child’s social life during the middle school years

Developmental Assets for Teens – Research-based assets that help children grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk, a book by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.  The authors of the bestselling parenting book for younger children teamed up to write a book specific to parenting teenagers.  A must read!

Talking With Children about Anxiety or Worries – Counselor Keri has helpful tips about how to talk to kids who are struggling with stress



Grief and Loss Resources for All Ages

The Dougy Center – The National Center for Grieving Children and Families that provides a wealth of resources about grief and loss

Tips for Helping a Grieving Friend – From the Dougy Center

Tips for Grieving Teens – Also from the Dougy Center

Developmental Responses to Grief – Typical responses by developmental level to grief, along with ways to help children at each level

Safe Crossings – A Seattle-based organization associated with Providence Hospital that provides grief and loss counseling, support groups, and online resources.

Eluna Network – A comprehensive list of grief resources, including grieving death from an addiction

Our House – Lists of grief resources by developmental levels

Judi’s House Grief Activities for Home – List of activities kids and teens can do to work through their grieving at home