If you're expecting your first child and want to make sure you're fully prepared, be sure to add these to your checklist:
Raising children can be incredibly complicated and stressful, and a lot of parents may feel overwhelmed by all of the responsibilities they have to juggle. Fortunately, there are countless resources from experts willing to share their personal experiences to help those who are struggling to raise their kids. In no particular order, here are some people and groups providing useful parenting tips.
First up, at #1, we have Dr. Alan E. Kazdin, Sterling Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University and Director of the Yale Parenting Center. He created the Kazdin Method, which draws on the research of child rearing to help parents develop the specific behaviors they want, and also to develop broader character traits such as honesty, kindness, and respect.
Kazdin offers online training through his Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing course. Registering for the course gives you access to a toolkit of behavior-change techniques and lessons that provide step-by-step instructions and demonstrations to improve how you interact with both children and adolescents. It also sheds light on many parenting misconceptions and ineffective strategies that are routinely used.
Next, at #2, is Dr. Becky Bailey, an award-winning author, renowned teacher, and internationally-recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology. She created Conscious Discipline, a comprehensive social-emotional and classroom management program that uses everyday life events to teach children and adults self-control, conflict resolution, and character development.
Conscious Discipline's Parent Education Curriculum features several hours of training content designed to improve parenting knowledge and skills, increase parents' ability to manage their own emotions, and respond to children's challenging behaviors. The website also features a plethora of useful digital resources, including webinars, podcasts, articles, and online courses.
At #3 is Dr. Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of adolescents and their well-intentioned parents. She frequently consults and partners with news networks and TV producers in Connecticut and New York on topics such as parenting and adolescence, and she also blogs regularly about lifestyle and relationships.
Dr. Greenberg is the co-author of Teenage as a Second Language, a book that contains some strategies parents can use to maintain good communication, healthy interaction, and strong connections with their teens. She also writes regularly for several publications, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Lifestyle, WebMD, and GalTime.
Taking the #4 spot is Soho Parenting, a psychotherapy center that provides compassionate and insightful guidance to adults and children of all ages. Therapists meet each individual to assess the right kind of support needed, which may be direct advice about a parenting issue, psychotherapy addressing anxiety or depression, or even couples' counseling.
The organization offers parent coaching sessions, where a counselor will offer psychological insight and practical solutions to help your family, including an in-depth discussion of your child's behavioral and emotional landscape, as well as your responses to this challenge so far. Soho Parenting also leads workshops on new parenthood and balancing work in and out of the home.
Finally, at #5, we have Nikki Bush, an award-winning speaker who's known for her work in raising human potential through leadership, engagement, resilience, connection, and teamwork. She offers one-on-one coaching sessions every month, where she uses the Success Cube concept to guide clients towards succeeding in their goals, which can range from helping one's child develop a positive mindset to rising again from trauma of any kind.
Bush is the co-author of Future-Proof Your Child For The 2020s And Beyond, a guide that aims to help parents who wish to create realistic and relevant goals that will set their kids up to thrive. She also helped write Easy Answers to Awkward Questions, which parents can use to candidly answer their children's questions on sensitive topics such as birth and sex.