Parenting can be the most rewarding and challenging role in your life and knowing what’s best for your child doesn’t always come easily. Here are some resources that I find especially helpful for parents and their children. We can discuss these additional supports before or during our first session.
The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre
As a parent, you may worry about whether a behaviour is appropriate for a particular age or developmental stage, or if it’s a sign that something might be wrong. You may also be wondering how best to respond.
The ABCs of Mental Health provides two free, web-based Resources – one for teachers and one for parents – to help answer these questions and provide guidance. The resources include ideas for promoting the mental health of children and adolescents, information about how children change as they get older, descriptions of behaviours that might indicate a problem, and practical suggestions for steps to take.
Right By You – Ask the Right Questions
Sometimes it’s hard to know what questions to ask when you’re concerned about your child’s mental health. Take a look at some conversation starters and decide how to begin today.
Kids Help Phone – please call 1-800-668-6868
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. The service is completely anonymous and confidential.
Right By You – Top 5 Places & Times to Talk
One of the biggest challenges parents and caregivers face with their teens is engaging them in meaningful conversation. Finding the right time and place to talk to your teen are critical factors for success. Check out some of Right By You’s suggestions.
Children’s Mental Health Ontario
Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is the association representing Ontario’s publicly-funded Child and Youth Mental Health Centres who advocate for government investments, policies, and programs that are responsive to the needs of children, youth, and families seeking mental health services in Ontario. They have a fantastic resource database that covers a variety of topics, including targeted prevention, early intervention, short- and long-term counselling and therapy, addictions services, and intensive services such as residential care.
This website offers a database of articles and research related to parenting and its’ unique challenges. You can search for a specific topic or read through the author’s blog – both are reliable sources of valuable parenting tips!
Liana Lowenstein, RSW
Liana is a respected Social Worker who offers a series of helpful articles on her website, some of which she wrote herself!