“...An outstanding parental cookbook

for teaching average parents how to

effectively raise their children to be happy,

self-confident, and law-abiding citizens.”

— Lewis Yablonsky, Ph.D., Sociologist



“No child is too young to be treated with respect.”

— Dr. Newmark


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The following resources provide tools for parents, teachers, and others who work with children in supporting children’s emotional health.

The Five Needs : A Summary

Emotional health provides a foundation for success in school, work, and life in general. Failure to recognize and satisfy these five needs jeopardizes our children’s future and that of succeeding generations. The five critical needs as a family value contributes to a healthy family environment and strengthens us as a nation. A summary of the five critical needs—definition and examples of each. >Download resource

Becoming a Student of Your Own Behavior

Five questions to answer in a daily journal that helps parents reflect on their parenting practices.
In English and Spanish. >Download resource

Recollections Exercise
Parents recall their childhood experiences with each of the five emotional needs as a means of reflecting on current behaviors they may want to change. >Download resource

Children’s Well-Being Survey
A tool to help parents assess how their child is doing in the following areas: health, attitudes/behavior, leisure/recreational activities, relationships, learning/school, and use of time. Utilize on a monthly basis. >Download resource

Child Issues
A list of 20 questions, concerns, and problems frequently expressed by children about parent-child relations. Numerous exercises are possible using this list. >Download resource

Parent Issues

A list of 20 questions, concerns, and problems frequently expressed by parents about parent-child relations. Numerous exercises are possible using this list. >Download resource

Family Meetings

An introduction to holding family meetings, based on the concept of the family as a learning community in which mutual respect and cooperation are necessary for all family members to lead happy, healthy, secure lives. Family meetings are a way for parents and children to assess how well they are doing—individually and collectively—and to decide on ways to make things better. Through sharing feelings, information and experiences, a sense of community is created.
>Download resource

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