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CPI's Newsletter for Parents

Our Newsletter For Parents provides tips for caregivers who are helping raise children, based on the world-renowned Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Sonoma County at CPI.  If you have an idea or a parenting question for a future newsletter, contact Rocio Monter, Parent Support Manager at rociom@calparents.org.


Holidays provide opportunities for quality family time, but they can also add stress and pressure. Try a few of these positive parenting strategies to help you and your family truly enjoy each other and the spirit of the holidays.

Parents and caregivers can play an important role in restoring a sense of safety and security in the wake of school violence.

The new school year is here, along with a bundle of messy, complicated feelings. 

Transitioning from summer to school can be difficult, even without a pandemic. Preparing for the transition will help everyone adjust to old and new routines, which will help kids have a positive attitude and learning experience throughout the year.

Child abuse and neglect are serious social injustices and their impact is devastating and life changing. By equating mask requirements to abuse we dilute the purpose of child protection laws and minimize actual child maltreatment.

Deciding whether children are old enough to be home alone can make parents feel anxious and question their own judgment. However, we can prepare children and calm our own nerves by teaching them skills to be safe, responsible, confident problem-solvers.

Dads and father-figures play a crucial role in children’s healthy development. There are many examples of dads and caregivers deepening their involvement in raising children and being positive parents. Let’s celebrate them every day of the year!

Self-care isn’t selfish, a sign of weakness, or a waste of time. It’s essential to your health and well-being as a parent, which is vital for your children to thrive.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a moment to pause and think about all the hardships and trauma children and families have experienced this past year.

The primary love language of children and teens may change as they grow, so it helps to learn how to “speak” each language and be ready to show your love in multiple ways. Here are some ideas for speaking the love language of your children.

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FREE Online Q&A with Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | ​​10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the Child Parent Insitute and Sasha Joseph Neulinger for a special OVEE watch party of REWIND on Friday, January 29, followed by a LIVE Q&A with director Sasha Joseph Neulinger. The film will begin at 7:00 pm PST and the LIVE Q&A will immediately follow at 8:30 pm PST.

Dear parents, foster parents, grandparents, relative caregivers, and other adults raising children and teens: we’re celebrating YOU in January 2021! January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month. 

There’s no doubt that the holidays will look and feel different in 2020. Allow yourself to feel all your emotions, and look for any “bright spots” or small moments of happiness. If you need more assistance than what these tips have to offer, reach out to a trusted friend, family members, counselor, pastor, or other person who can offer support during these difficult times.

The public health guidelines to maintain physical distance, wear masks, and limit nonessential travel are likely to be our reality for a while, but we can still find ways to safely enjoy the holidays—and even discover new ways to celebrate that become family traditions for years to come.

This month’s article is for everyone who is juggling work, family, and distance learning. Stay strong!

Preparing for the new school year is a reminder of how much COVID-19 has changed our lives. Things may never return to “normal,” but positive parenting strategies can help children, families, and schools adjust to this new reality.

CPI unequivocally believes that Black Lives Matter. Parents & Community Members: let’s use our voices to denounce racism in all its forms and raise the next generation of changemakers.

As we move through this time of crisis, the violence and systemic abuses inflicted on the black men, women, and children in our country has become a magnifying glass exposing the hidden inequities within our own community. CPI stands firmly in support of the rights of all people to live freely, without fear, and with equal access to education, housing, justice, and opportunity. 

CPI is attentively monitoring information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the recommendations of the County of Sonoma Health Services Department. We are mindful of our clients and staff being in shared spaces and are taking precautions to protect our clients and staff.

We call upon members of the public to learn more about the impact of this decision on children and to support child abuse prevention councils and other organizations working to create systems that support children and families and keep them safe. 

What is positive parenting? It’s an approach to raising children based on collective wisdom and evidence about the skills and support children need to become happy, healthy, confident, independent human beings.

Teaching children to be grateful and “pay it forward” is an important job for parents and caregivers. It takes consistent effort and modeling, but the reward is worth it. Children and teens who learn to be kind, giving, and grateful when they are young will eventually grow up to be parents, caregivers, teachers, and leaders raising our next generation of children.

Holidays are a special time for many families, but a whirlwind of visitors and activities that disrupt children’s daily lives can add unwanted stress and pressure. Try a few of these positive parenting tips to help everyone – including you – enjoy the hectic holidays.

Saying good-bye is hard for many children and parents, no matter how old they are. Developing routines for separating and reconnecting helps children learn how to handle their feelings about saying good-bye, which helps prepare them to cope with changes and transitions throughout life.

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