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Parenting Tips

Getting Involved and Staying Involved

  • Bond with your baby, talk, sing, play games
  • Play with your toddler, cuddle, read aloud to your children (all ages), it is a great way to spend quality time with your family
  • Enjoy your child, encourage imaginative play
  • Spend time with your child, know and appreciate the things he or she like to do
  • Get to know your child's friends
  • Keep lines of communication open
  • Encourage teens to take responsibility
  • Engage in a vision for the future

Practicing Clear Communication

  • Learn to express emotions in healthy ways
  • Value feelings, don't discount them
  • Be a good listener
  • Be clear and specific when you expect certain behavior or a specific result
  • Maintain an open and honest dialogue with your child
  • Try not to be judgmental, especially about things your child values highly
  • Teach problem solving and responsible decision making skills

Practicing Positive Dicipline

  • Discipline with methods that teach rather than punish
  • Value feelings, don't discount them
  • Set clear limits
  • Be consistent, say no and mean it
  • Don't "threaten" with actions you can't follow through on
  • Make the connection between the rule and consequences clear
  • Give immediate rewards

Parents Need Support

  • Join a local parent support group. Many members of PCPC sponsor parent groups
  • Your neighborhood library has resources on all aspects of parenting as well as storytimes and programs for children. Call Infoline at 520-791-4010 to find out which Tucson-Pima Public Library is close to you
  • Ask your librarian for help in finding information and selecting books
  • Check with your church or school for ongoing parenting programs

Throughout the early years, your child will grow and change tremendously.  For more information about your child’s age and stage, use the following tools (these are documents are pdfs and require Adobe Acrobat Reader)

2 months
4-6 months
6-12 months

12-18 months
18-24 months

24 to 36 months
3 years
4 years

5 years


Ages and Stages Questionnaire to track your child's development