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Relationships for parents : en Español

Learning how to build healthy relationships is an important part of growing up. Talk to your daughter about the issues she may face in building relationships. Be a good role model for her. The resources in this section cover a range of topics, including healthy dating, building relationships in the community, helping your daughter deal with divorce or a move, and helping her find a mentor. Tools for your daughter include quizzes on safety and relationships and interactive tips for handling fights with sisters or brothers. 

Web sites

  1. American flag. Relationships - We have created the section on relationships to help adolescent girls learn more about some of the unique health issues and social situations they will encounter during the teen years. This section provides information, resources, and links to help your daughter learn more about relationships.
  2. Ban Bossy - This website offers tips for parents and caregivers on how to be a positive role model, inspire girls to be leaders, and encourage them to speak up for themselves.
  3. Parent Information: Teens - This is helpful information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Talking With Teens - This website offers conversation starters.
  5. Divorce in the Family - Learn ways to help a child through divorce.
  6. Talking with Kids About Tough Issues - This web site from the Kaiser Family Foundation and Children Now is aimed at fostering communication between parents/caregivers and children. The site covers topics ranging from sex to violence and from HIV/AIDS to drugs and alcohol.


  1. A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Teen Years - This is a helpful article from
  2. Connecting with your Preteen - This is a helpful article from
  3. Helping Kids Cope with Cliques - This is a helpful article from
  4. Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling - This is a helpful article from
  5. Sibling Rivalry - This is a helpful article from
  6. A Parent's Guide to Teen Parties (Copyright © American Academy of Pediatrics) – Worried about your teens attending parties that could lead to trouble? This resource give suggestions on what to do when your teen is invited to a party or when you are hosting one.
  7. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Difficult Peer Relationships – This fact sheet discusses how ADHD interferes with a child's development and a child’s relationship with peers.
  8. Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do – This publication discusses what trauma is and lists ways that parents can help their children cope with it in the wake of violence and disaster.
  9. Helping Teenagers with Stress (Copyright © American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – It is easy for teens to feel overwhelmed if they are unable to cope with stress. This publication provides guidance on how parents and guardians can help their children effectively manage stress.
  10. Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen – This booklet provides information on the values and skills that make up character and good citizenship. It also discusses what you can do to help your child develop a strong character.
  11. How to Talk to Your Children About Developing Healthy Relationships (Copyright © Liz Claiborne, Inc.) – This online handbook is part of “Love Is Not Abuse,” a public awareness and educational campaign.
  12. Managing Conflict During Divorce (Copyright © American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) – This article discusses ways to promote healthy relationships with children despite a divorce.
  13. Not Just "The Talk" (Copyright © National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy) – The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy features fact sheets, blogs, and other resources to help you talk to your teen. It includes topics such as what a healthy relationship looks like.
  14. Friends Are Important: Tips For Parents(Copyright © American Academy of Pediatrics) – This fact sheet discusses how parents can help their children choose good friends to build healthy relationships.
  15. pdf Talking Back: Ten Things Teens Want Parents to Know About Teen Pregnancy (Copyright © National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy) – The following tips represent the major themes that teens want to hear about from parents and other important adults. This guide offers guidance on preventing teen pregnancy.
  16. Why It Matters (Copyright © National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy) – This website features multiple fact sheets that focus on teen pregnancy and the prevention of unwanted births. It explains the links between teen pregnancies and aspects like social issues, education, and violence.
  17. Why Should We Talk (Copyright © Don't Tell My Parents) – Letting your teen know that she can talk to you about anything is the first step in connecting with your child. This resource gives tips on how to start the conversation with your teen.


  1. Administration for Children and Families
  2. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  3. Children's Rights Council
  4. KidsHealth
  5. Office of Population Affairs, OPHS, OS, HHS
  6. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
  7. Points of Light Foundation


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Content last reviewed July 21, 2011
Page last updated March 19, 2014