"Child Abuse and Child Care," Iowa State Extension University website, 1999. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM1810.pdf. While the vast majority of child care is provided by warm, capable individuals intent on providing a safe, secure, and healthy place for children, there are occasional incidents of child abuse in child care. Learn how to detect child abuse and how to respond to it.
"5 Steps to Choosing Quality Child Care," Child Care Aware website, 2007. http://childcareaware.org/parents-and-guardians/child-care-101/5-steps-to-choosing-care. A helpful checklist for parents looking for good child care.
“Regulation of Child Care,” FPG Child Development Institute website, Winter 2002. http://www.fpg.unc.edu/#search=%22child%20care%20fact%20sheet%22. Research documenting the relatively low quality of child care in the United States suggests that it is time to improve the licensing requirements in many states for both center and family child care, and to use additional strategies that lead to higher quality care and education for our children.
"Top 10 Tips to Find Quality Child Care: Parents Need to Carefully Research Options," About.com website, 2008. http://childcare.about.com/od/evaluations/tp/qualitycare.htm. Some high quality options and things to consider before making that ever-important decision as to who will provide child care for your loved one.
“Workplace Flexibility: A Guide for Employees ,” Families and Work website, 2003. http://familiesandwork.org/3w/tips/downloads/employees.pdf. New research from Families and Work Institute (FWI) shows that when employers and employees partner in finding flexible ways to work, both benefit. In other words, working flexibly can not only help employees manage their work and personal responsibilities, it can enhance an employee’s effectiveness on the job, and benefit employers as much as employees.
"A Special Word to Fathers: Fatherhood Basics," About.com website, 2004. http://pediatrics.about.com/od/fatherhood/a/04_fathers_role.htm. As a father, you have an important role to play in taking care of your baby. Your baby needs you. And mom needs you to share many of the responsibilities of taking care of your new baby.
"The Parents' Guide to Teens' Online World," By Parents For Parents website, 2008. http://www.byparents-forparents.com/guidetoteensonlineworld.html. If your teen is average, he or she spends between forty to forty-eight hours a week (6.7 hours per day) behind a computer screen. If you are an average parent, you probably do not understand either computer technology or what your child is doing online.
“Precious Beginnings: Communication,” Parenting.org website. http://www.parenting.org/article/precious-beginnings-communication. Tips on talking to your children--from toddlers to teenagers.
“Ready-Steady Emergency Kit,” Parenting.org website. http://www.parenting.org/article/ready-steady-emergency-kit. We cannot always protect our children from every possible threat, but we can help them feel more secure. One way to do this is by making a Ready-Steady Emergency Kit.
“What You Can Do to Help: It's Everyone's Business to Protect Children from Abuse,” Preventing Violence in the Home website, 2006. http://www.preventingviolence.org.nz/index.php?section=64. Never ignore a child who talks about violence or abuse.
“Adjusting to School,” Parenting.org website, 2001. http://www.parenting.org/archive/discovery/education/2001-02/Feb02_adjust_school.asp. A little planning and encouragement goes a long way toward helping your child look upon school as a stimulating, satisfying experience. These pointers can be helpful in promoting good attitudes and practices in your child.
“The Bully, The“Bullied” and The Bystander,” Parenting.org website. http://www.parenting.org/article/bully-%E2%80%9Cbullied%E2%80%9D-and-bystander. Bullies use fear to get away with unacceptable behavior. Their victims (the “bullied”) fear continued abuse if they tell. Bystanders fear becoming the next victim. The “bullied” suffer in silence while repeatedly getting harassed. Bystanders stay silent to avoid the unwanted attention. It’s a vicious, unending cycle.
“Critical Facts About Young Children and Early Childhood Programs in the United States,” National Association for the Education of Young Children website, October 2002. http://www.naeyc.org/ece/critical/facts.asp. This resource includes current data about young children, early childhood education programs, and the early childhood workforce in the United States.
“Resisting Negative Peer Pressure,” Parenting.org website. http://www.parenting.org/article/resisting-negative-peer-pressure. Your child is affected by peer pressure from the first time he or she plays with siblings or other children. You can't make peer pressure go away, but you can teach your child how to deal with it.
“School Readiness,” National Association for the Education of Young Children website, 2006. http://www.naeyc.org/ece/critical/readiness.asp. Links to several fact sheets about school readiness, developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs serving children from birth through age 8, early childhood curriculum assessment and program evaluation, early learning standards, and other resources and reports.
“State Pre-Kindergarten,” National Association for the Education of Young Children website, 2006. http://www.naeyc.org/ece/critical/state_preK.asp. Quick facts about state pre-kindergarten programs.
“Supporting Teachers, Strengthening Families,” National Association for the Education of Young Children website, 2006. http://www.naeyc.org/ece/supporting.asp. Because of their active role in family life, early childhood educators are uniquely positioned to play a key role in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect and the promotion of children's healthy social and emotional development.
"Elders Rights and Resources," Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging website, 2006. http://www.aoa.gov. Information about elder abuse, health insurance counseling, legal assistance, long term care ombudsman program, and preventing fraud and abuse.
"Home Modifications," Department of Health and Human Services website, 2005. http://www.eldercare.gov/. Home modifications are changes made to adapt living spaces to meet the needs of people with physical limitations so that they can continue to live independently and safely.
"Personal and Legal Rights," AARP.org website. http://www.aarp.org/. Legal resources from power of attorney rights to information privacy.
"Residential Care Options," Family Caregiver Alliance: National Center on Caregiving website, 2006. http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=1742. Deciding to move out of one’s home and into a different type of housing is often a difficult decision for elders or people with disabilities and their caregivers. Caregivers often struggle to care for loved ones so they are able to remain at home as long as possible.
FAMILY HEALTH CARE
"Are Mood-Altering Meds Right For Kids?" Health A to Z website, June 2007.
http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/dc/caz/neur/adhd/alert03282000.jsp. The use of mood-altering medications in children has indeed become more commonplace but no less controversial. While these medications help treat children with psychiatric problems, many parents have concerns, including whether the medications are right for their child, if the drugs will work, and what the side effects and long-term effects are.
"Keeping Guns out of Kids' Hands," Health A to Z website, June 2007.
requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/hl/sp/chil/alert02192000.jsp. When it comes to guns in the home, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children's Defense Fund, and Common Sense About Kids and Guns have helpful safety tips for parents.
"Poison Prevention Guide," June 2007, Health A to Z website, June 2007. http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/hl/sp/chil/poisonprevent.jsp What every parent should know to reduce the risk of your child being poisoned in your home. Tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
"Questions to Ask a Pediatricion (for new to be parents)," FirstTimePregnancy.com website, 2008. http://www.firsttimepregnancy.com/74.html When visiting the pediatrician you should be prepared with questions to ask. You can go through these questions and customize them for your own needs.
“Selected Findings on Child and Adolescent Health Care from the 2004 National Healthcare Quality/Disparities Reports,” Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2005. http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/nhqrchild/nhqrchild.htm . Data from the 2004 National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) on health care quality, access, and utilization for children and adolescents.