Parenting Resources For All Stages: From Expecting To The Teen Years

Medically reviewed by April Justice, LICSW
Updated March 19, 2024by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Parenting can be difficult at any stage. A child’s behavior can be complex and confusing, yet children don't come with instruction manuals—you have to create your own. There are many parenting articles, popular parenting blogs, message boards, and other resources available offering practical tips for parents, but sometimes, it can be overwhelming to wade through everything that is out there. Perhaps you’re looking for specific information about children, child care, parenting styles, potty training, or how to communicate with teenagers. As you seek out parenting tips from various sources, it may be helpful to consider the links we’ve pulled together below for parents with children of all ages.

Keep in mind that each individual's individualized experiences, children, families, and circumstances are unique; what works for someone else’s child may not work for yours.

Try to focus on finding the most effective resources for your needs and situation.

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Resources for expecting parents 

For expecting parents, you might consider checking out some of the following resources, which may help you feel more prepared for your new responsibilities.

  • 50 Things to Do Before You Deliver: The First Time Mom's Pregnancy Guide, by Jill Krause: This book includes trimester-by-trimester tasks that may help as you anticipate your baby's arrival and the beginning of motherhood or parenthood. It offers a guide to the most important things expectant birth-givers (and their partners) need to do, think about, and focus on. You’ll also find tips for using technology to track, white, document, and learn all about your pregnancy.
  • The Bump: This website, from the creators of The Knot, features week-by-week updates for the baby's development, tools like a symptom checker and a pregnancy checklist, an active forum filled with other parents-to-be, and tons of articles for answering parents' questions and soothing parents' fears about raising the next generation. This resource can help you research parenting, create and manage your baby shower registry, plan a baby shower, and name your baby.
  • What to Expect: If you appreciated the popular book, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, you may want to check out this parenting website. It has even more parenting advice to offer, with a wide selection of articles covering everything from how to track ovulation to toddler basics. Of course, any health issues that arise during pregnancy should be discussed with healthcare professionals in order to maintain safety. While pregnancy blogs and other sites contain useful information, they aren't a substitute for proper medical care.
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Parenting websites and resources for parents of newborns and infants

Expectant and new parents of newborns or infants may find these resources helpful in their parenting journey.

  • The Wonder Weeks, by Hetty van de Rijt: This book is a roadmap for families with children in the developmental stages and regression periods that babies go through in their first 20 months. It's a boon to new moms and parents who have questions and concerns about anything regarding the development of their new babies. The book uses simple terms and clear explanations to help you understand and interpret all of these leaps and phases, and even for anticipating the most stressful times. 
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp: In this book, Karp teaches the “5 S's” technique for calming down crying babies, even colicky ones, to get them to fall asleep or go back to sleep. If your baby is fussy or having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, or if you know what a "witching hour" is, this book may be a great resource.
  • Baby Center: This website offers guidance for families throughout pregnancy and beyond. For after your little one is born, it also covers infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and older children with a bustling community of other real parents. There are thousands of articles and expert advice for diapering, baby sleep, starting solid foods, picky eaters, and more.

This period may also be a good time to start thinking about parenting styles and discipline, so you can consider what might work best for you and your child.

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Websites for parenting and resources for parents of toddlers and preschoolers

During the toddler and preschool stage, kids reach many developmental milestones. Here are some resources you can try to help them while maintaining a calm family life through those stages.

  • 1-2-3 Magic, by Thomas Phelan: Written by a clinical psychologist, this book offers an evidence-based approach to managing child behavior problems like aggression and rewarding good behavior with simple consequences and positive reinforcement.
  • TODAY Parenting Guides: Created by TODAY in collaboration with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, this online resource covers many facets of child development to help you parent healthy, successful children. It has news, how-to videos, guest bloggers, and plenty of advice and guidance for caregivers from parenting experts.

Best parenting websites and resources for parents of school-aged children

School-aged children bring their own unique set of challenges. Included below are a few resources that may help.

  • Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child, by Ross W. Greene: Written by a renowned child psychologist and New York Times bestselling author, this book aims to help parents and other caregivers create better relationships with their children while also offering nurturance, empathy, honesty, resiliency, and independence. It covers a broad range of topics of concern for today's parents, from hygiene to homework and curfew to screen time.
  • Info About Kids: The American Psychological Association ranks this website as one of the top parenting resources. The website features behavioral science resources and information for parents that have all been reviewed and approved by psychologists to make sure they are based on actual research and free of bias.
  • Aha! Parenting: This website was founded by Laura Markham, a well-known clinical psychologist, as a way to support parents trying to raise happy, responsible, and considerate children. If you're working on child behavior concerns such as aggression or trying to develop your parenting approach to raising your kids, this website has many resources to complement that journey, including books, articles, and more. There are other great websites for mothers available that are considered some of the most popular parenting blogs, even though they contain more unique essays than straight-forward tips on the best parenting approaches. These sites include Scary Mommy and Alpha Mom. These blogs often take a humorous look at mom life and are a good fit for the mother with a sense of humor. (Great fathers will enjoy them too!) They make for fun reading and contain blog posts on a variety of topics ranging from food to crafts to wealth-building to relatable anecdotes.

Resources for parents of teens

The teen stage can be difficult for many parents as their child gains more independence tests authority, and wants to spend less time at home and more time with members of their generation. Consider checking out these books detailing the teenage stage and how you can navigate it:

  • Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood, by Foster Cline and Jim Fay: This book offers guidance for parents who want to foster adolescent growth and high self-esteem in a positive way by gently helping their teens learn on their own how to make healthy choices. It aims to help parents find ways to set limits and encourage responsible decision-making and self-control without ruining their relationship with their teen.
  • How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish: This book offers straightforward advice designed to help parents and teens get through the trials and tribulations of the adolescent growth phase. With a variety of suggestions and techniques, it aims to help parents tackle tough teen topics and improve communication with their child or children.

Further support through online counseling

Being a parent can be incredibly challenging, and while the books and online resources above may be helpful, sometimes, you might want additional, individualized support. It could make sense to seek support outside of your friends and family, especially if you need unbiased advice and someone nonjudgmental to listen to you. 

Parents may experience all kinds of trials at all stages of parenting. Whether you’re hoping to be a parent soon, expecting a child, or already a parent, you may be dealing with mental health challenges or other concerns that you aren’t sure how to navigate. Online therapy has been shown to be effective for parents and other individuals alike. One study examined the effectiveness of an online therapy program for parents after pregnancy loss. It found that those participating in internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy “showed significant improvements in posttraumatic stress, grief, depression, and overall mental health.”Many parents find themselves with very busy schedules and little time for themselves. With online therapy like BetterHelp, you can connect with a licensed therapist from wherever you have an internet connection and according to your busy schedule. You can discuss parenting strategies or simply address your own mental well-being when and where it’s convenient for you.

If you are experiencing trauma, support is available. Please see our Get Help Now page for more resources.

Takeaway

Raising a child can be a difficult journey. As you explore the world of parenting resources out there, you may consider checking out some of the books and websites we’ve pulled together above based on the age of your child or children. If you would like additional support, whether with your parenting concerns or your broader well-being, online therapy may be able to help. 
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