In the Know:Information, Articles, and Websites Related to the Job of Parenting
While this mama penguin makes it look easy, the job of parenting is hard work. Oftentimes, we need the advice of professionals to guide us along the way. Below are some web resources that I have found helpful. As always, please feel free to contact the counseling office for any reason throughout the school year.Access to Health Care for KidsCommunity Resource Guide for Adams County
A list of community resources, including listings for child care, food pantry, financial assistance, health services, housing, etc.
Link: Community Resources
Pennsylvania and local government services
Link: Local Resources
Helping Your Child Understand the Riots at the Capitol
Link: Child Mind
Tips for Calming First-Day Jitters in Grade School
Back to School Anxiety
How to help kids manage worries and have a successful start to the school year.
From Child Mind Institute
What to watch out for
Talking with You Children about the Coronavirus . . .
and Other Helpful Resources
A video link designed to help explain the Coronavirus to children
A great story by one if my favorite authors, Julia Cook
Link: The Yucky Bug
A message of hope and trust dealing with the Coronavirus
A video link designed to help explain the brain and anxiety to children
Link: Brain and Anxiety
Helpful sites to help adults understand how to talk to children about the virus and ease anxieties:
Link: Child Mind Signs of Depression During the Coronavirus
Link: Child Mind Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Link: The National Association of School Psychologists Talking to Children about COVID-19
Link: Hey Sigmund What to Say to Help Kids Feel Calm when the World Feels Fragile
Link: Understood When Kids are Anxious about Coronavirus: What to Do
Link: Child Mind Anxious Stomacheaches and Headaches
Link: Dulwich College Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19
Link: Child Mind Support for Kids with ADHD During the Coronavirus Crisis
How to support your child when someone is dying:
Link: Dougy Center
A link to 3 books related to grief and loss.
* Parents, please read these stories BEFORE you share them with your child.
Resources on Grief and Loss
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families
They also have a wonderful podcast called Grief Out Loud that offers advice on a range of topics regarding grief.
National Association of School Psychologists
This link will take you to a listing of books on grief and loss.
Sesame Street in Communities
Games, activities and articles
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Talking to Your Child About Racism and Violence
How can you help children process what they’re seeing and manage their feelings? This is a great article to help when you talk with your children about racism and violence.
Link: Racism and Violence
How to Talk to Children About Racism, Prejudice, and Protests – An Age-by-Age Guide
Link: Talk to Children
Raising Resilient Children
Helping Kids Make Decisions
Link: Child Mind
An article on stressing the importance of hard work over intelligence
Link: Dweck Raising Smart Kids
Strengths kids build when they take on challenges
How to Build Resilience in in Kids
Books that Teach
Website summarizing children's books, sorted by topic.
Keeping Kids Safe Online
Resources offered by Dr. Russell Sabella on educating children, parents, educators
and other stakeholders about the responsible use of technology
Parent Media and Technology Education Program
Website offering resources on responsible technology use, including family media agreements and Internet safety tips.
Into the Cloud
Videos to help explain Internet safety to children.
Link: Into the Cloud
Managing Concerning Behaviors
Articles on effective parenting strategies to manage tantrums and behavioral problems, or learn tips on how to help your child cope with grief, divorce, and trauma.
Helping Children with Feelings of Frustration
Link: Feelings of Frustration
Angry Kids: Dealing with Explosive Behavior
Link: Explosive Behaviors
Is Your Child's Anger Normal?
Link: Child Mind
Trouble with Flexible Thinking
Anxiety in Children: What is normal and how to handle it
Link: Anxious Behaviors
Tips to Help Your Elementary Student Handle Stress
How Untreated Anxiety Can Look Like Disrespectful
Link: Anxiety and Disruption
Substance Addiction and Abuse
Link: Addiction Resources
How to Help Siblings Get Along
Child Mind Institute
Tips to Help Children Follow Directions
Link: Advice From Experts
College and Career Readiness . . . yes, even in elementary school!
Great resources for exploring and promoting career development at the elementary level.Tips to Help Children Deal with Conflicts
This is a fantastic website to help adults understand attention and learning issues in children. If you have a child with learning difficulties, check out Understanding Your Child's Challenges section. Also, a great resource for how to empower your child.