Parenting resources are a necessity these days. Obviously, children don’t come with instruction manuals and sometimes parents encounter issues that they just don’t feel qualified to handle on their own. We understand that and so we’ve compiled a list of helpful resources for you as you traverse this tempestuous sea called, parenthood!
Child & Family Web Guide. Directory of websites on every stage from babyhood to the teen years, and covering many concerns and challenges; reviewed and rated by the Department of Child Development at Tufts University.
Child Welfare Information Gateway. From the US Department of Health & Human Services.
HipMama. This “zine started as a forum for young mothers, single parents, and marginalized voices, but has grown to represent progressive families of all varieties…[M]aintains the editorial vision that qualified it for the title ‘conservative America’s worst nightmare.’”
UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. (English, Arabic, French, Spanish.) Offers parenting help programs in many countries. Here you can look up UNICEF activities in your country or region of the world. See also the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish), a global blueprint for the responsibilities of not simply parents but entire societies and countries and humankind as a whole towards children.
Through the Looking Glass. (English, Spanish.) One of the first cross-disability organizations to address the needs and affirm the strengths of parents who have disabilities. Describes itself as “a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. TLG is a disability community based nonprofit organization, which emerged from the independent living movement, and was founded in 1982 in Berkeley, California. Our mission is ‘To create, demonstrate and encourage non-pathological and empowering resources and model early intervention services for families with disability issues in parent or child which integrate expertise derived from personal disability experience and disability culture.’”
Family Equality Council, formerly known as Family Pride (US). Describes itself as “the national non-profit organization committed to securing family equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer parents, guardians and allies. Our work consists of strategically linked initiatives. Broad in scope, but simple in vision: love, justice, family, equality. We make change. We share information. We build community. We are visible.” Welcomes straight and nonparent GLBT allies alike.
Lesbian & Gay Parenting. What does the evidence say? From the American Psychological Association.
Gingerbread UK. “Single parents, equal families.” Includes a helpline.
HOPE Network for Single Mothers (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA). Founded by prolife feminist Gail Grenier-Sweet. Great example of “thinking globally, acting locally.” Creative, self-help-oriented nonprofit organization, “a volunteer-based grass roots support system” that offers “emotional and material support to single mothers and their children in the greater Milwaukee area…[D]esigned to help mothers gain a sense of community, enhance their parenting skills, and develop self reliance.” Interested in starting a similar organization in your area? You can email HOPE Network for an information packet.
Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child, Youth and Family Policies at Columbia University. Lucidly presents credible data to compare “industrialized” nations in these areas. Very interesting to check this information against The Incidence of Abortion Worldwide (has chart of abortion rates by country) and Abortion Policies: A Global Review (has country-by-country profiles). Herein may be, for example, some clues why the US has four times the abortion rate of the Netherlands!
Families USA. Works for all Americans to have affordable health care.
MomsRising. Grassroots coalition calling for the USA to really value motherhood and family, through public commitment to maternity/paternity leave, open/flexible work arrangements, afterschool care, children’s health care, child care, & gender-equal, living wages.
Take Back Your Time. ”A major U.S./Canadian initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment. October 24th Is Take Back Your Time Day.” Project of the Simple Living Network.
Providing Child Care for the Teen Parent: A Care Giver’s Guide. (English, Spanish.) From the University of Illinois Extension.
Teen Parents: Nutrition Curriculum for Pregnant and Parenting Teens. From the University of Missouri Extension.