Parenting

Give your clients the skills they need to become successful parents with our therapy resources! We offer family therapy worksheets, brochures, games, handouts and more for your next session. Our counseling resources are developed by professional therapists and designers who ensure you have high-quality, effective resources for parenting concerns. Don’t see something on our website that you need? Simple request a new tool from our team and we’ll get to work creating it for you!

Stress Catcher (Game) — From the National Institute of Mental Health, this fun tool will help people understand that there are a variety of ways they can deal with stress. Can be used with children, teens, and adults. (0421, stress, coping tools(

Activities to Help Children Deal with Divorce — Developed at the University of Missouri Extension Services, this handout gives parents simple ways to help their children develop coping skills to deal with separation and divorce. (0321, parenting, divorce)

bullet Brochures
Positive Parenting Tips - Teens (Ages 15-17) — This brochure details developmental milestones and parenting tips for ages 15-17.

Positive Parenting Tips - Teens (Ages 12-14) — This brochure details developmental milestones and parenting tips for ages 12-14.

Positive Parenting Tips - Toddlers (Ages 2-3) — This brochure details developmental milestones and parenting tips for ages 2-3.

Positive Parenting Tips - Toddlers (Ages 1-2) — This brochure details developmental milestones and parenting tips for ages 1-2.

Learn To Answer the Tough Questions — This brochure will helps parents to to teens about drinking. (parenting, substance use, alcohol abuse)

How to Tell if Your Child is Drinking Alcohol — Fact sheet on underage drinking. (PDF)

College Drinking — NIH fact sheet on affects of drinking on college students. (PDF)

bullet Ebooks
Positive Discipline Workbook — Written by Mary Gosche at the University of Missouri Extension, this workbook is designed to teach parents the principles of positive discipline. The workbook can be used in parenting classes or as homework with individual parents. (0815)

bullet Fact Sheets
Recognizing the Symptoms of Child Abuse And Neglect — This fact sheet was developed by the Child Welfare Gateway and should be given to anyone who works with children. It defines the various types of child abuse and neglect according to Federal guidelines, and can be helpful in detecting signs of abuse or neglect.

bullet Forms
Parent-Teen Internet Safety Contract — This contract can be used with teens to set out the rules for Internet Safety.

bullet Games
The Family Meeting Game — Parent's are asked to assemble this complete board game and use it to stimulate communication and positive problem solving with their families. It contains questions specific to the unique family problems caused by the corona pandemic. (0320)

Family Communication Dice Game — This dice game can be printed on heavy stock paper and then assembled. It is a fun game designed to enhance family communication. The blank die makes it easy to customize the game for many purposes. Type: PDF (1014)

Show Your Feelings Role Play Games — Get people talking about their feelings with three “cut and tape” dice games. These games are fun to play and a great way to encourage kids, teens, or even adults to talk about their feelings.

bullet Handouts
Keep Your Family Strong (Tip Sheet for Parents) — This tip sheet gives parents important ways to raise healthy children. It was designed by the Child Welfare Information Gateway (child abuse prevention, 0420)

Evaluating Medication For ADHD — This thorough report will help people compare every aspect of taking medication for ADHD, from effectiveness, to safety concerns, to cost. The report was prepared by a non-profit division of Consumer Reports called Consumer Reports Health . (PDF)

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Kindness - Pass it On Poster — This poster is designed to help people remember the importance of daily acts of kindness. (0715)

bullet Worksheets
Understanding and Changing Your Habits — This worksheet is designed to help people whose habits are holding them back and gives them concrete tools to help change unhealthy habits. (0421, habits, behavior problem)

Preventing Unhealthy Sibling Rivalry — This worksheet helps parents understand basic ways to diminish sibling rivalry. It encourages parents to have family meetings to work address ongoing family problems. (0321, sibling rivalry, behavior)

Reducing Conflict with Your ADHD Teen — This worksheet suggests more than 15 strategies to help parents improve their relationships with their ADHD teen. It also gives them a chart to help evaluate the success of their strategies. (0321, ADHD, relationships, parenting)

Communicating with Your Children — This worksheet is designed to help parents think about how the communication style of their family when they were young. It encourages them to think about the words they use to communicate with their own children. (0221, parenting, communication)

Supporting Your Transgender or Nonbinary Teen — This worksheet is designed to help parents understand and support their teens who identify as transgender or nonbinary. (1120)

Positive Parenting Checklist — Parents are asked to check off 15 positive parenting behaviors for one-week trying to get a score over 75. (parenting, behavior, 1120)

Overcoming Codependency in Your Relationshp — This worksheet is designed to help people see if they are being codependent in their relationships. It gives them various ideas on how to be more independent and set appropriate boundaries. (1120, codependency, addiction, marriage and family therapy)

Preventing Your Teen From Running Away — This worksheet is designed to help parents prevent teens from running away. It gives them tips to communicate more effectively with their teens and resources to use if in fact a teen does run away. (parenting, behavioral problems, 1120)

Coping with Postpartum Anxiety and Depression — This worksheet is designed for new mothers to help them determine if they are suffering from postpartum anxiety or depression. The worksheet gives them specific ideas on how to deal with these problems, as well as a chart for mothers to keep track of their moods, how they handled their anxiety and/or depression, and what worked best for them. (parenting, postpartum, 1020)

Thinking About Becoming a Parent — This worksheet is designed to help couples consider the pros and cons of becoming a parent and open a dialog on this important subject. (parenting, couples, relationships, 1020)

Increasing Trust and Bonding in Your Blended Family — This worksheet is designed to give parents in a blended family activities to help them build trust and bonding. (divorce, blended family, couples counseling, family therapy, marriage counseling, 0920)

Reducing the Stress of Hybrid and Remote Learning — This worksheet is designed to help parents cope with the stress of educating their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. (0920)

Contract for Adult Child Living at Home — This contract was developed for use with adult children. It sets out specific rules for the family to consider which can facilitate a calm and peaceful household. The contract encourages communication when rules are broken and consulting a professional if issues can’t be resolved. (family therapy, adult children, contract, 0920)

Redefining Your Relationship with Your Ex — This worksheet helps people think about how they can best shape their relationship with an ex-spouse after a divorce. The worksheet suggests a range of new ways to relate to an ex and also points out red flags that might mean it is best to sever ties entirely. The worksheet also provides ways for a person to redefine the past behavior of a spouse to forgive and move on. (divorce, co-parenting, 0820)

Conducting Positive Family Meetings (During the Pandemic) — This worksheet is designed to help families develop positive communication and problem solving skills. (corona virus, conflict resolution, pandemic, family therapy, 0320)

Being a Good Enough Parent — This worksheet is designed to help parents see that they don’t have to be perfect, but rather “good enough.” The worksheet defines the attributes of a “good enough parent,” and asks readers to reflect on their own experiences. (parenting, 0319)

Creating a Family Contract — This worksheet is designed to help a person in your family with problems by using a family contract. Creating a family contract will help you addresses your role in your loved one’s struggles, identify the family members specific problems and behaviors, and determine the best strategies for providing useful assistance. A family contract is designed to help a family be proactive in supporting a family member, while still not impeding the person’s sense of self-reliance and self-worth. (contracts, 1118)

Giving Effective Instructions — This worksheet is designed as an aid to parents to help them give effective instructions to their children. (positive discipline, behavior problems, ADHD, ODD,_0718)

Child Custody Handoff Checklist — Handoffs—delivering the child from one parent to another—can be particularly difficult until a routine is established. This worksheet is designed to help parents establish a routine with a minimal amount of discussion until such time both parents feel they can put aside their differences and easily discuss the needs of their child without blaming or recrimination. (divorce, relationships, parenting, 0718)

Activities That Help Counteract Your Stress — This worksheet is designed to help people identify daily activities which can help reduce the effects of chronic stress (stress management, wellness, prevention, 0817)

Building Your Support System — This worksheet is designed to help people think about the people in their support system and the kinds of support they might be missing. (social support, 0116)

Looking at the Timeline of Your Life — This worksheet suggests five activities that can help people get a “bird’s-eye view” of their lives as they note events and milestones at different ages. Suggestions include: listing positive events at different stages of life, influential people at different stages of life, anticipating future milestones, and more. (coaching, resilience, 1015)

Draw a Picture of Your Family — This classic projective technique asks a person to “draw a picture of your family doing something.” Besides using it for assessment, you can also use it to start a conversation about the client’s perceived role in the family, feelings about other family members, relationship to other family members, and so on. (assessment, family therapy, relationships, art therapy, quick, 0814)

Take a Break — This worksheet encourages people to take a day off from their stress and dedicate that one day to relaxing. (stress management, quick, solution- focused)

Do Something Different — This simple behavior assignment can help people who feel they are stuck in unhealthy patterns. (0815, quick assignment, behavior change)

Understanding Your Emotions When You Are Upset — This worksheet is designed to help people understand their emotions when they are upset and learn positive coping techniques to handle difficult emotions. (0715)

Understanding the Messages You Received As A Child — This worksheet is designed to help people examine the explicit and implicit messages they received as children and how these messages affect their self-image and self-efficacy. (0415)

Think Before You Act — This form can be used to give people a visual reminder to stop and think before they act. This is particularly helpful for kids and teens, but is a useful technique for adults too. (0315)

How Do You Deal With Conflicts? — This short questionnaire gives clients the opportunity to identify their behaviors and attitudes as assertive, aggressive, passive, or passive-aggressive, and provides some information about conflict strategies. (conflict management, communication)

Identifying Emotional Abuse — This worksheet is designed to help people identify emotional abuse in their own behavior or the behavior of others. (emotional abuse, relationships)

How to Take a Time Out When Arguing — This worksheet is designed to help people know when arguing is unproductive and they need to take a time-out. (conflict management, relationships, problem-solving)

Rules In Your Home — This worksheet is designed to help teens understand and respect rules in their home.

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