ENCOURAGE SELF CARE
Ask parents and caregivers about how they’re taking care of themselves and, if they’re open, be ready with ideas and suggestions.
TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF
BE A ROLE MODEL
Model positive, nurturing interactions, play, and communication with kids and their parents or caregivers. Talk about what kids are doing developmentally and, if you can, praise positive interactions.
To learn more about kids’ development, check out one of these resources:
BE A RESOURCE
Help parents or caregivers identify trusted sources for parenting advice. This might be people they know, websites, social media communities, etc. You can also help connect parents or caregivers to parenting classes, either online or in your community. If it seems appropriate, consider attending yourself to share the experience.
Explore and share American SPCC’s Parenting Resource Center – an online library of easily accessible, reliable, and actionable parenting resources.
Check out the The Happy Child parenting app, and share it with others who may benefit. Backed by solid research from top parenting experts, The Happy Child helps families forge deeper bonds. Two-thirds of users describe the app as “life-changing,” and 98% use the concepts they learn in their families.
Years of ground-breaking findings in psychology, neuroscience, and pediatrics have been curated into this easy-to-use app offered completely free by American SPCC and the Human Improvement Project.
BE PREPARED WITH RESOURCES TO SHARE
Check out and bookmark these resources. You’ll find help for issues ranging from custody and co-parenting support to crisis services for runaway kids and grants for single moms.
KNOW WHERE TO GO LOCALLY
Get to know your community’s resources (2-1-1, food distribution sites, diaper banks, and employment, housing, medical, mental health, social, educational, or legal services. etc.). Share about one each week on social media. Encourage families in your life to seek help when they need it and talk openly about times you’ve received help.
MAKE A PLAN
Set up social connections
When parents and caregivers have meaningful relationships built on mutual trust and respect, the whole family benefits — children included. Supportive social connections help buffer parents from the stresses of life and boost their ability to nurture others.
MAP OUT SUPPORT