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Parents and Families TAG Resources

Health Services


  • Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse
    Answer these five questions and see how to improve your parenting skills. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • Help Kids Cope
    This app helps parents talk to their kids about the disasters they may face and know how best to support them. (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
  • KnowBullying
    This is a free app from SAMHSA to help prevent bullying. (HHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • Stop. Think. Connect. Resource Guide
    Use this resource guide to begin a discussion with your teen about online safety. (U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance)
  • Talk. They Hear You.
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early—as early as 9 years old—about the dangers of alcohol. (SAMHSA)

Learn What to Expect

  • Ages and Stages: Teen Years
    Resources and information for parents on navigating the teen years. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development
    Guide for parents, professionals and others helping teens navigate adolescence based on youth development principles. (Center for Adolescent Health)
  • Understanding Adolescence
    Brief and concise research syntheses on the developmental tasks of adolescence during three stages of development (early, middle and late adolescence) from the State Adolescent Health Resource Center. (State Adolescent Health Resource Center)
  • Just for You Parents
    Online resource to guide parents in helping keeping children safe online. (Department of Homeland Security)
  • Helping Your Child through Early Adolescence
    Provides parents with the latest research and practical information that can help you support your children both at home and in school. (U.S. Department of Education)

Be a Good Role Model

  • Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Teach Kids Healthy Habits
    Tips for parents to be a role model for youth (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • How You Make A Difference
    Tips and strategies for parents on ways to support adolescent development. (Office of Adolescent Health)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute of Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. (NIDA)
  • The Real Cost
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ’s (FDA) first youth tobacco prevention campaign, “The Real Cost,” targets at-risk youth aged 12-17 who are open to smoking or already experimenting with cigarettes. (FDA)

Encourage Exercise, Sleep and Healthy Food

Teach Self-Care

  • Portion Distortion
    Tool for learning about portion sizes. (United States Department of Agriculture)
  • SuperTracker
    Create a nutrition and exercise plan with your young people. (United States Department of Agriculture)

Be Present

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on March 14, 2017