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Overview of Essentials

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Essentials for Parenting includes:
  • Articles with a variety of skills, tips, and techniques
  • “Frequently Asked Questions” answered by parenting experts
  • Fun and engaging videos featuring parents, children, and parenting experts who demonstrate and discuss skills
  • Free print resources like chore charts and daily schedules
Essentials for Parenting is based on:
  • Decades of research and practical parenting experience suggesting that certain skills are useful in building a positive relationship and in handling children’s challenging behaviors.
  • Research conducted by CDC over the last 5 years about the types of questions parents have, where and how they look for information, and how they want to receive information.

All Families are Not Alike

We know that every child and every parent is unique. You face many different situations and challenges every day. We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach or think of this as a set of strict parenting rules that must be followed. We hope to give you new ideas for parenting so you can make the best decisions about what can work with your child and family.