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Parenting Resources

For help finding resources in your area, call the Child and Family Ombudsman at 1-844-25CHILD (1-844-252-4453).

Soothe a Crying Baby

Download the Crying Card to share with expecting parents, babysitters, clients, friends, family, and anyone else who interacts with young children to promote awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. The Crying Card offers tips to help soothe a crying baby and the caregiver, as well as information on normal crying.

Helpful Parenting Links

Kids Health Directory and Children Health Directory on the web.

  • Tips for Being a Nurturing Parent
    One of the most important things you can do to prevent child abuse is to build a positive relationship with your own children. Read these tips to help nurture that relationship.
  • Time Out
    It’s been around since dunce caps and corners. With a modern twist, Time Out can be a valuable discipline tool.
  • The Power of Choice
    Would you like to get your kids to willingly cooperate? Stop the daily battles? Teach your kids valuable life skills? If your answer is “Yes! Yes! Yes!” then read this.
  • Winning the Chore War
    “How many times do I have to remind you to take out the trash?” Sound familiar? Household jobs are a part of every family’s daily life, yet they tend to create ongoing conflict. Here are a few pointers for making the process easier on everybody.
  • Sibling Rivalry
    The word “sibling” refers to brothers and sisters, and “sibling rivalry” means the competitive feelings and actions that often occur among children in a family. Here are things that you can do to try to reduce sibling rivalry.
  • Setting Rules and Consequences with Teens
    Rules and consequences are critical to the teen years. Both may change as your teen’s needs (and desires) develop. It helps to ask yourself some of these questions about your rules from time to time.
  • What it Takes to Be a Mom or Dad
    A helpful list of simple everyday suggestions.

Montana Best Beginnings Advisory Council

Established in 2011, the Best Beginnings Advisory Council serves as the early childhood advisory council. The council includes governmental agencies, the public at large, child care providers, state and local government, and tribal communities. The council's work will focus on creating a statewide plan for a comprehensive early childhood service system that will assist in the four principal objectives:

  1. Children will have access to high quality early childhood programs.
  2. Families with young children will have community support. 
  3. Children will have access to a medical home and health insurance.
  4. Improving the social, emotional, and mental health needs of young children and families.

Local Best Beginnings Coalitions are working to increase coordination across child serving systems at the grass roots level in towns, counties, and regions.

Best Beginnings Documents and Resources

National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds

The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds assists state Children's Trust and Prevention Funds and promotes and supports a system of services, laws, practices and attitudes that strengthen families' capacity to provide their children with safe, healthy, and nurturing childhoods.

Prevent Child Abuse America

Since 1972, this organization has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. Working with chapters in 39 states and the District of Columbia, it provides leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at both the national and local levels. This site contains materials for child abuse prevention, parenting tips, press releases, state chapters, opinion polls and other publications.

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation

The Raising of America will reframe the way we look at early child health and development. This film and initiative explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning, and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous, and more equitable America. This site contains more information about the film, which launched in Fall 2014. You can also find out how to become involved in the project to change the conversation about what we as a society can do to ensure every infant has an equal opportunity.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Looking for more links?

The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds offers an extensive list of links to child abuse prevention resources.

Links to Parenting Resources

Talking About Tragic Events

National Alliance for Grieving Children (http://childrengrieve.org/). NAGC provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of children's bereavement support professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the families they serve in their own communities, as well as promoting awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them... Because all grieving children deserve a chance to heal. Some of the resources include the ones you've shared but there also additional ones that may be helpful.