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Infancy and Early Childhood

Early Childhood

* "Welcome to the World of Parenting!" provides new parents with information about normal newborn behaviors and development. It offers parents ways to cope with crying, fatigue, relationship changes, and other challenges of new parenthood. "Growing Independence: Tips for Parents of Young Children" offers guidance to parents in helping their children begin to become independent. It focuses on establishing limits and daily routines, talking and listening, encouraging independence in daily tasks, teaching safety around other adults, and learning to be a friend. "Talking with Your Teen: Tips for Parents" helps parents understand the ways that their children's feelings and behaviors will change as they enter puberty and the teen years. It emphasizes the importance of continued communication and establishing reasonable limits to keep teens safe.
* "Parenting Your Infant" continues themes of the first brochure, focusing on babies' behaviors and personality development. It discusses common concerns such as colic, trouble sleeping, and clinging to parents, and gives advice on establishing new family routines.   * "Bullying: It's Not OK" offers facts about bullying and strategies for parents to help stop bullying, whether their child is a victim, a perpetrator, or a bystander. This brochure is useful in clinical settings or as a handout for school and community groups. "Staying Cool When Things Heat Up" acknowledges that it is normal for teens to get angry and helps them find ways to respond to their anger without fighting. Written for young adolescents, it offers methods of defusing conflict and helping other teens avoid fighting.
* "How Do Infants Learn?" offers practical suggestions to parents on how to help their babies learn about the world through play, reading, exploration, and positive relationships. "Drug Abuse Prevention Starts with Parents" highlights the connection between parent behavior and attitudes, media influences, parent/child communication, and children's subsequent use of drugs and alcohol. Major themes include parental role modeling and open communication.   * "Expect Respect: Healthy Relationships" guides teens in avoiding abusive relationships and intimate partner violence. Written for adolescents, it describes signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships in an interactive "quiz" format and empowers teens to take steps to change or end an unhealthy relationship.
* "Your Child is On the Move: Reduce the Risk of Gun Injury" discusses guns as a household safety issue, to be addressed with other household hazards. This brochure advises parents on how to protect their newly mobile babies from gun injury as they explore their surroundings. "Friends Are Important: Tips for Parents" focuses on the importance of peer relationships as children become teenagers. It offers parents guidance on getting to know their child's friends, helping their child avoid risky situations, and getting their child involved in community service. "Teen Dating Violence: Tips for Parents" helps parents recognize signs that their teenager is involved in an abusive relationship. It offers parents advice on how to talk about potential problems and help their teenager deal with the relationship safely.
* "Teaching Good Behavior: Tips on How to Discipline" gives specific suggestions on how to encourage good behavior and correct bad behavior in developmentally appropriate ways. It helps parents establish rules and limits and provides tips on alternatives to corporal punishment. "Everybody Gets Mad: A Kids' Survival Guide" describes children's anger and guides parents in giving their children specific strategies to avoid fighting when they are angry. It emphasizes communication and teaching children how to respond to their anger in appropriate ways. "Teen Suicide and Guns" highlights the risk of having a gun in the home in the context of teen suicide prevention. It provides the facts about suicide attempts involving guns being deadly more often than attempts by other methods.
* "Playing Is How Toddlers Learn" helps parents understand normal toddler behavior and how to encourage learning through play. It offers ways to help toddlers learn to make friends and interact with others.     "Next Stop Adulthood: Tips for Parents" helps parents and teenagers negotiate the complex relationship changes that occur as teenagers become more independent. It gives advice to parents on helping their teen learn to be a responsible adult while staying connected and having realistic expectations.
* "Pulling the Plug on TV Violence" informs parents about the influence of television violence on children and gives them specific suggestions on how to limit television's harmful effects.     "Help Stop Teenage Suicide" provides information about warning signs for suicide and dispels common myths about teen suicide. It offers practical suggestions to parents, peers, and others on how to respond if you are concerned that a teen may attempt suicide.
* "Young Children Learn a Lot When They Play" discusses playing with peers and how parents can support their preschool-aged child's social development. This brochure gives tips on how to deal with common interpersonal problems, such as aggression and rejection.     "Connecting With Your Community" encourages teenagers to be actively involved in their communities as a way of growing into an independent and successful adult. It provides information on what adolescents can expect as their relationships with their parents and other adults change.