Parenting

Most parents could use some guidance from time to time - whether it's about handling tantrums, establishing routines or boundaries, or how to discuss difficult world events. The following resources, websites, and services below are utilized by hundreds of families around Iowa. Please explore these links or contact our team if you need some support. 


    COVID19 resources and information for families


    Science of Parenting

    Presented by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, The Science of Parenting provides parents with the most current research around child-rearing, including information about child development, nutrition, guidance, discipline and more in the form of engaging podcasts, blog posts, and workshops.


    AnswerLine

    AnswerLine provides information and resources for Iowa consumers with home and family questions. Professional family and consumer scientists can answer questions about child development, home environment, food safety, and more. 


    Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI)

    LSI offers a wide range of services to empower children and parents through education, mental and behavioral healthcare, in-home support and training, and innovative collaborations with community partners. 


    Youth Standing Strong (YSS)

    YSS provides mental and behavioral health services for youth and their families in central Iowa. Their comprehensive programs serve children, from newborns through young adults, as well as their families.


    ChildServe

    ChildServe improves the health and well-being of nearly 4,500 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. They are are experts in pediatric rehabilitation and care for children and young adults who have a wide variety of developmental delays, disabilities, acquired injuries, and other special healthcare needs.


    Just in Time Parenting

    The Just in Time Parenting site highlights information and strategies identified by researchers as those most crucial to helping children thrive - promoting healthy growth and development, preparing children for school success, reinforcing positive parenting behaviors and affirming healthy interpersonal and family relationships.