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These resources can help you learn more about your daughter's changing mind and body as you help her through the teen years.

Web sites

  1. Communication Skills Building for Parents of Preteen Girls – Talking to preteen and teenage girls isn’t always easy. Communication Skills Building is a program from the Office on Women's Health that provides tools for community leaders to help parents and caretakers have important conversations with their daughters.
  2. ABCs of Raising Healthy Kids: Steps to Staying Safe and Healthy - This CDC sponsored web site provides an A-Z list of resources on parenting and how to ensure a healthy upbringing for your child.
  3., the U.S. Government's official web portal, has compiled a list of information and services for Parents of Teens. It contains links to a wide variety of topics, from youth violence to homework help.
  4. CDC: National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health - This site focuses on six major adolescent health priorities: unintentional injury, violence, mental health, substance abuse, and reproductive health. It contains resources and statistics about each topic.
  5. - Parents and Kids - This web site by the American Academy of Family Physicians provides information on a broad range of children's health and development topics. The site offers information for parents, kids, and teens and includes articles in Spanish.
  6. Parent Resources - This web site from the national PTA has information and publications on several issues that concern parents and teens. It includes information on student achievement, safety, media and technology, and health and fitness.
  7. Parenting Corner - This American Academy of Pediatrics web site provides quick access to children's health topics from A to Z.
  8. PBS Parents: Talking With Kids About Health - Learn to see through your child's eyes and have better communication with them by visiting this web site and getting tips on talking with your child.


  1. Adolescent Development - Learn about what to expect in children ages 12 to 18.
  2. A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years - This is a helpful article from
  3. Be There for Teens: A Guide for Parents (Copyright © Rhode Island Department of Health) – This publication offers ten tips to help parents focus on the positive and build a stronger and more enjoyable relationship with their teens.
  4. Parent Information – This website compiles all of the information within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, about parenting. It has a wealth of information, covering topics such as child safety, immunization schedules, and developmental milestones.
  5. Parenting Tips (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) – This fact sheet provides advice and tips on overcoming some common challenges in parenting.
  6. Parents Matter: Tips for Raising Teenagers (Copyright © The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy) – This publication contains information on how spending time with your child can help them reduce risky behaviors, violence, and improve self-esteem. It also provides warning signs to look for and how to help your child before they are in trouble.
  7. Twins: Taking Care of Two (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians – This publication contains information on having twins and taking care of them, and provides helpful resources on organizations that offer support for having twins and parenting.


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Content last reviewed November 11, 2007
Page last updated December 26, 2014