Raising children in today’s society is a challenging task. This resource provides parents with guides on how to raise children in a safe and healthy environment.
1. Childhood obesity, according to the University of Michigan’s annual poll on children’s health, ranks as adults’ top concern for child welfare. The Centers for Disease Control page on childhood obesity delivers important statistics and prevention steps, while the CDC’s Child and Teen Body Mass Index calculator will help parents to become aware of any issues with a child’s current weight and to determine what his or her appropriate weight should be.
2. Many adults fear that children will develop problems with drug abuse. PBS Kids provides a comprehensive informational database about drugs written especially for kids.
3. Smoking and tobacco use usually begins before children graduate from high school. This American Lung Association fact sheet explains key facts and prevention strategies to keep kids from smoking, while this article from the Mayo Clinic will provide you with tips for helping a teen who is already smoking to stop.
4. For information on teen pregnancy, visit the CDC’s Teen Pregnancy website. If your teen is already pregnant, this information from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will ensure that your teen has the healthiest pregnancy possible.
5. Kids in today’s world are struggling with not only face-to-face bullying but also with bullying via text messaging and social media. This comprehensive resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide a wealth of tips regarding preventing and handling bullying. Additionally, this guide from the Mayo Clinic will help you to identify signs that may occur if your child is being bullied.
6. As children spend more and more time online, parents are growing concerned about Internet safety. The Police Notebook from the University of Oklahoma Department of Public Safety provides an easy-to-follow slideshow for kids regarding safety online, while this FBI parent guide gives parents tips for keeping children and teens safe on the Web.
7. Kids experience overwhelming feelings of stress from a variety of sources. The American Psychological Association provides this press release explaining how to identify signs of stress in your child, while this booklet from the North Dakota State University Cooperative Extension service is designed to help children recognize and cope with stress.
8. Alcohol abuse can be just as dangerous and frightening as the abuse of controlled substances. This document from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry information about the signs of alcohol abuse.
9. Automobile accidents are the nation’s top killer of adolescents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers this website dedicated to teen driving safety. The Centers for Disease Control offers a similar online portal for adolescent drivers.
10. Communicating about STDs can be an uncomfortable but critical part of parenting. This exhaustive website from the CDC explains a wide variety of STDs and their symptoms, while this article from WebMD provides a quick guide to preventing STDs.
11. Too many children in the U.S. are victims of abuse and neglect. This fact sheet from the Department of Health and Human Services describes the signs of child abuse, and this guide explains how to report suspected abuse to the proper authorities.
12. Many parents worry that their children to not engage in enough physical activity. This article from WebMD teaches kids about exercise, and this report from ABC News gives parents tips for helping their kids to be more active.
13. Both parents and schools struggle to provide children and teens with a thorough sex education. Some good resources to help teens understand sex include this guide about puberty from the Office of Adolescent Health as well as this article from the Mayo Clinic about discussing the sensitive and uncomfortable subject.
14. In today’s image-obsessed culture, both boys and girls may suffer from eating disorders. This link will connect you to the National Eating Disorders Association. You may also be interested in the website of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders if you need to learn about the unique challenges of helping a boy who is struggling with an eating disorder.
15. Many children and teens are fighting the symptoms of depression. The AACAP provides this guide to help parents recognize the signs of depression, and this article from the Mayo Clinic discusses the pros and cons of children and antidepressant usage.
16. When your child has ADHD, you may have a lot of questions. The National Library of Medicine offers this information about ADHD symptoms and treatment, while this article from an ADHD expert helps parents and kids understand what it’s like to live with the disorder.
17. The thought of losing a child to suicide is every parent’s worst nightmare. This article from The Dallas Morning News explains signs when a child or teen may be suicidal, while this guide provides information on how parents can talk to their kids about suicide.
18. Parents are becoming increasingly worried about the effects of chemicals in the environment. This MedicineNet article explains the dangers of chemicals often found in the home, while this web page from the University of Iowa provides step-by-step instructions for what to do if a child has been poisoned.
19. Teaching children about neighborhood safety involves equipping kids so that they know how to handle interactions with strangers as well as other potential dangers in the community. The National Crime Prevention Council provides these guidelines for talking to kids about strangers, and the Neighborhood Safety Network discusses how to handle additional concerns like fire safety and drowning prevention on this website.
20. As incidents of school violence escalate, parents can consult this CDC guide to preventing school violence. In addition, these resources from the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will benefit both parents and educators who want to stop violence in schools.