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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 mariar@calparents.org.


For some kids, the new school year is an exciting time for others the transition between summer and school sparks difficult feelings, like fear, anxiety, or depression. And for many, it’s all of that and everything in between.

This month, we are sharing information from local pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, and public health leaders (many of whom have young children) about the COVID vaccines for this age group.

Teaching children (and ourselves) tools to cope with distress might not stop traumatic events from happening again, but it can help restore a sense of safety and hope for a better future.

As everyday routines start to resemble pre-pandemic life more and more, remember to hold on to the bright spots and create a “new normal” that works for your family.

Nurturing your mental health will reduce the stress of parenting (and everyday life) and provide a healthy model for your children, who are developing their own tools for coping with stress.

No matter what happens next with COVID-19, it’s clear we’ll be making more decisions on a day-to-day basis.

Teaching kids about healthy screen time limits is one way to help them become confident, competent individuals.

Simple, everyday acts of love are often the most meaningful.

Dear parents, foster parents, grandparents, relative caregivers, and other adults raising children and teens: we’re celebrating YOU in January 2022! January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month.

The holidays can be a challenging time for mental health, so it’s even more important that we care for ourselves and each other at this time of year.

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.

The Link between Adversity in Childhood & Sickness in Adulthood

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.

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