Nurturing Parenting

Parenting can be challenging for many people. Below is a list of resources that can help you to develop nurturing parenting skills and family skills to support you in raising your children. These resources cover a variety of experiences all parents/caregivers face and provides guidance on how to support your children through all of their different stages of growth.

Web Content

Information from Alberta

Canadian Resources

  • Caring for Kids - Behaviour and Parenting

    Doctors from the Canadian Pediatric Society have created these tips sheets to address various parenting issues. Information relevant to babies, children, and teenagers are included.

  • Nobody's Perfect

    Nobody's Perfect is a free facilitated parenting program for parents of children from birth to age five. It is coordinated by the Public Health Agency of Canada and delivered across Canada through provincial and territorial organizations. The program is designed to meet the needs of parents who are young, single, socially or geographically isolated, or who have low income or limited formal education. It is offered in communities by facilitators to help support parents and young children.
    There are also useful tip sheets found on this website.

  • MediaSmarts

    This website had digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian families. Created by Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications (CRTC), it strives to help children and youth develop the critical thinking skills needed to be active and informed digital citizens. Their For Parents page is designed to help you navigate parenting in the digital age by offering resources that address important media issues like sexting, cyberbullying, and online privacy.

Other Resources

  • Kids Health - Nine Steps to More Effective Parenting

    Kids Health provides easy to read and doctor reviewed articles on a variety of health topics. This article provides parents with some tips to be more effective parents. También disponible en español.

  • Positive Discipline in Everyday Life

    Positive discipline in everyday life is program designed to help parents learn how to teach children effectively, while respecting their rights and to promote strong parent-child relationships. It is based on current research findings on children's emotional, social and neurological development. This program is partnered with Families Canada. You can download the parent book to learn more.

  • Harvard University – Center on the Developing Child

    The Center on the Developing Child aims to use science to innovate in the early childhood field and fundamentally change the lives of children facing adversity. Parents and healthcare providers can access research and information about early childhood development through the searchable resource library. The resources are available in a variety of languages.

  • Zero to Three

    This website helps parents with young children. Zero to Three believes that during the first three years of life, emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. Videos and easy to read articles about a variety of parenting and child development topics can be found from the Explore Our Topics menu.

  • CommonSenseMedia

    This website is a leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, and more to enable parents to make the best entertainment choices they can for their kids.

Book List

These resources are available to borrow at the Family & Community Resource Centre. You can also check with your local library or with The Alberta Library for the availability of these resources.

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Nurturing Parenting Collection


Thank you to our friends from Calgary Public Library, Mood, Anxiety, and Psychosis Services, and Healthy Minds/Healthy Children – Outreach and Continuing Education, Child Development Services, Triple P Parenting, Leslie A.S. Barker RN, BScN, Med Parenting Education and Healthy Child Development Consultant, and Julia Imanoff MN, RN, PNC Doctoral Student, Faculty of Nursing University of Calgary for their contributions.

Current as of: April 22, 2021

This material is designed for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please contact your doctor or appropriate health care professional.
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