STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

strengthing-families

Parental Resilience

We’re focusing on strengthening Pre-K and Kindergarten families! Parenting isn’t easy, but resilience is key to helping keep your family strong. Learn more about positive parenting at: https://www.getparentingtips.com/popular-topicsExternal Link

Sometimes focusing on you is the best thing you can do. Take care of yourself so you can take care of your Pre-K & Kindergarten kids. Get parenting self-care tips at: https://www.getparentingtips.com/parents/parenting-stress-and-self-careExternal Link

Disciplining your child is a critical component to parenting, but it's not always easy. Learn positive discipline techniques that are instructive and caring:

 

Single parent? You are not alone. Read this single mom’s story to learn some helpful single parenting tips:
https://www.getparentingtips.com/parents/relationships/my-story-as-a-single-momExternal Link

 

Children have better outcomes when their father is involved. Learn why at:
https://getparentingtips.com/kids/relationships/fathers-matterExternal Link

Social Connections

Did you know social connections are important to in helping you, your Pre-K & Kindergarten children, and your family thrive? Learn more at: https://www.getparentingtips.com/popular-topics/health.aspExternal Link

Has your family's screen time increased? Digital device time has gone from a distraction to the way we work, learn, stay in touch, and cope. Learn how screens impact your family and get screen time parenting tips at:

 

The emotional impacts of bullying and cyber bullying can last a lifetime. Learn how to prevent bullying while keeping your kids confident and safe at: https://getparentingtips.com/tweens-and-teens/relationships/how-to-stop-bullying-and-cyberbullyingExternal Link

 

Get to know your neighbors on your block and check on them to see how they are doing. Learn more on how to build strong communities at: https://www.getparentingtips.com/pdf/parenting-resources/Strong-Communities-English.pdfPDF DocumentExternal Link

 

Find a parent support group or start one in your community. Search for local support at:
https://getparentingtips.com/local-supportExternal Link

 

Concrete Supports

Texas has multiple resources to help support our Pre-K & Kindergarten families in areas of need such as food, clothing, housing, transportation, child care, health care, and mental health services. Find local support in your area: https://getparentingtips.com/local-supportExternal Link

It’s not easy coming up with healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas for kids, day in and day out. Don’t worry, we've got you! Learn how to take the stress out of mealtime for all ages at: https://www.getparentingtips.com/kids/health/healthy-meals-for-kidsExternal Link

Need help affording child care? Contact your local Workforce Solutions to see if you’re eligible and to apply:
https://www.twc.texas.gov/directory-workforce-solutions-offices-servicesExternal Link

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and reach out for support when needed! The Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is available 24/7 toll free at (833) 986-1919: https://www.hhs.texas.gov/news/2020/03/hhs-launches-statewide-covid-19-mental-health-support-lineExternal Link

The Texas Youth Helpline provides free and confidential services to youth, their parents, and other family members of youth in crisis who need help finding a counselor, safe shelter, legal information, other local referral information, or just someone to talk to:

 

Texas 2-1-1 can help Texans connect with the services they need, available in English and Spanish. https://www.211texas.orgExternal Link

 

Trouble paying rent? Visit StopEviction.org to understand your legal rights, the eviction process, and steps you can take to protect yourself at: https://stoptxeviction.orgExternal Link

Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development

Did you know research shows that children who receive affection and nurturing from their parents early on have the best chance of healthy development? Learn more at: https://www.getparentingtips.com/popular-topics/development.aspExternal Link

Your baby's brain grows rapidly until about the age of 3. During this critical time, parents can do many things to promote healthy baby growth, including positive brain development. Learn more at: https://getparentingtips.com/babies/development/5-ways-to-help-your-babys-brain-growExternal Link

Kids are ready to potty train between 18 months and 3 years old. Timing is everything. Every child is different and will potty train when they are ready. Look for signs they are ready in this article: https://www.getparentingtips.com/toddlers/development/expert-tips-for-potty-training-successExternal Link

Positive discipline is one aspect of positive parenting. It focuses on what you want your child to do, rather than on telling them what they can't do. GetParentingTips.comExternal Link has some tips and tools to help you through difficult moments, which will help your child become more independent and able to control their behavior:

 

Social & Emotional Competence of Children

Children thrive when parents provide not only affection, but also respectful communication and listening, consistent rules and expectations, and safe opportunities that promote independence. Learn more at:  https://www.getparentingtips.com/kids/development/raise-a-more-confident-childExternal Link

If you're concerned your child may be struggling with a mental health condition, you're not alone. The stigma surrounding mental health disorders in children can lead parents to missing early warning signs and delay getting kids the help they need. Learn more at: https://www.getparentingtips.com/kids/health/kids-and-mental-healthExternal Link

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental health and having a sense of suicide awareness are important when raising kids. Knowing how to talk openly about it and get help can make a world of difference. Learn more at: https://www.getparentingtips.com/tweens-and-teens/health/talking-to-your-teens-about-mental-health-and-suicide-preventionExternal Link

Children experience loss and grief in multiple ways. Since grief looks different for each child, it may be hard to tell what they’re feeling after a loss. This article can help you help a child who is grieving: https://www.getparentingtips.com/kids/health/5-ways-to-help-a-child-who-is-grievingExternal Link

Take thoughtful action to prevent bullying by learning how to make your kid feel more confident at: https://getparentingtips.com/tweens-and-teens/relationships/how-to-stop-bullying-and-cyberbullying External Link

**Information provided by Prevention & Early Intervention - Texas DFPS**