Resources for parents

Resources for parents

Resources for you as a parent to find the necessary information, programs, and services beyond YouthLink that you and your family may need. Having this information in one place will make your search easier.  If you need a computer to check these out in detail, come to our main office where some are available. Or visit the Toronto Public Library where every branch also has computers for public use. (Click HERE to find the library branch nearest you.)

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Online resources

Read information. Watch videos. Listen to podcasts. Join chat rooms.  Ask questions. Share ideas. Get answers: they are available! Here are some websites to consider.

About parenting groups and programs:

General parenting support and information:
Self-help group for parents of teens who are “acting out”:
Information on a variety of subjects (Fact for Families is available in English, Spanish and Chinese):

About mental health and substance use:


 For parents of children with developmental disabilities:


For parents  of children with autism:


For parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth:


Other relevant websites:

On Internet safety:
On bullying:
For free video clips and online interaction with others about parenting through a chat room. (U.S. site): 
For general information on parenting (U.S. site):
To purchase books on parenting:

For personal and character development for teens (U.S. site)
For research on children and youth (U.S. site):
For advocacy, research, initiatives and information on children and teens (U.S. site):

Book resources


On raising a teen generally

  • Bradley, M.J. & O’Connor, C (2003). Yes, your teen is crazy! Loving your kid without losing your mind. Gig Harbor, WA: Harbor Press.
  • Budd, Donick:
    • (2007). Empowering Adolescent to realize their potential
    • (2006). What I think, what I know, what I feel: A card game for Engaging the unresponsive, “I don’t know, I don’t care Youth.”
  • Happenny Ciavola, Debra PhD. (2003). 50 Great tips, tricks & techniques to connect with your teen.
  • Coloroso, Barbara
    • (2012): Parenting through crisis Helping kids in times of loss, grief, and change.
    • (2010): Kids are worth it! Raising resilient, responsible, compassionate kids
    • (2005): Just because it’s not wrong doesn’t make it right – from toddlers to teens, teaching kids to think and act ethically
  • Farley Gillispi, Joanie & Gackenback, Jayne: (2005) Cyber. Rules: What you really need to know about the Internet.
  • Nelson, Jane, Ed.D., Lott, Lynn, M.A. M.F.T. (2000): Positive discipline for teenagers empowering your teen and yourself through kind & firm parenting.
  • Riera, Michael (1995): Uncommon sense for parents with teenagers
  • Ross, Julie A. MA (2008): How to hug a porcupine: Negotiating the prickly points of the tween years
  • Simpson, A. Rae, Ph.D. Raising Teens – A synthesis of research and a foundation for action.
  • Steinberg, L. & Levine, A: (1997). You and your adolescent: A parent’s guide for ages 10 -20 (revised edition). New York: HarperCollins.
  • By the Editors of the Success Foundation (2008) Success for teens: Real teens talk about using the slight edge.
  • Taffel, R. & Blau, M: (2001). The second family: Dealing with peer power, pop culture, the wall of silence – and other challenges of raising today’s teens. New York: St. Martin’s Giffin.
  • Templar, Richard. (2007): The rules of parenting.
    • Walker, Sarah (2007): Really you’ve done enough. A parent’s guide to stop parenting their adult child who still needs their money but not their advice.
    • Wolf, A. E:
      • (2011) I’d listen to my parents if they’d just shut up: What to say and not to say when parenting teens.
      • (2007). What parents need to know about teens: Facts, myths and strategies.
      • (2002). Get out of my life, but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall? A parent’s guide to the new teenager, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
    • Wolfe, D. A., Jaffe, P. & Crooks, C: (2006). Adolescent risk behaviours: Why teens experiment and stratregies to keep them safe. New haven: Yale University Press.


 On facets of mental health

  • Cappello, Dominic & Becher, Xenia G, MSW, CSW (2001). Ten talks parents must have with their children about drugs & choicesCsoti, Marianna (2004). School phobia panic attacks and anxiety in children
  • Gribsby, C. & Julian, K. (2002). How to get your teen to talk to you.
  • Kashtan, Inbal (2005). Parenting from your heart: Sharing the gifts of compassion, connection, and choice.
  • Kutscher, Martin L: (2005) Kids in the syndrome mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, Bipolar, and More. The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals
  • Kreisman, Jerold J, M.D., & Straus Hal (1989). I hate you – don’t leave me: Understanding the borderline personality.
  • Manassis, Katharina, MS, FRCPC & Levac, Anne Marie. RN, MN (2004). Helping your teenager beat depression: A problem-solving approach for families.
  • Quinn, Patricia O, M.D. & Stern, Judith M (2002). Putting on the brakes – Young people’s guide to understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  • Richardson, Pamela with Broweleit, Jane (2006): A kidnapped mind – A mother’s heartbreaking story of parental alienation syndrome.
  • Turner, V.J: (2002): Secret scars: Uncovering and understanding the addiction of self-injury.


On anger and violence

  • Coloroso, Barbara (2002): Kids are worth it! The bully, the bullied, and the bystander
  • Cottrell, Barbara (2004): When teens abuse their parents.
  • Ellis, A: (1998). How to control your anger before it controls you.
  • Huges, Daniel: (1998). Building the bonds of attachment: Awakening love in deeply troubled children.
  • Edited by Jaffe, Peter G., Baker, Linda L., Cunningham, Alison J.: (2004) Protecting children from domestic violence: Strategies for community intervention.
  • McKay, Matthew Ph.D. & Rogers, Peter Ph.D.: (2000) The anger control workbook. Simple, innovative techniques for managing anger and developing healthier ways of relating.
  • Helen Porter, Carmichael :(2006). The bully & me stories that break the cycle of torment
  • Potter-Efron, Ronald T. MSW, Ph.D. (2004): Angry all the time.Willard, Nancy: (2007) Cyberbullying & cyberthreatrs: Responding to the challenge of online social aggression, threats and distress, Vol. 14, #5.
  • Rosenberg, Marshall B, PhD: (2005). Raising Children Compassionately: Parenting the nonviolent communication way.


On mothering/fathering

  • Ashley, Steven (2008), The long-distance Dad: How you can be there for your child – whether divorced, deployed or on the road.
  • Baker, Simon (2007), How to survive a great divorced dad.
  • Biddulph, Steve (1999). Manhood: An action plan for changing men’s livesKathleen Reich for the Annie E. Casey Foundation (2002) Making Fathers Count: Assessing the Progress of responsible fatherhood efforts: Social policy action network
  • Tyree, Omar (1999): Single Mom


On divorce

  • Cochrane, Michael G. (2002) Surviving your divorce: a guide to Canadian Family Law
  • Krementz, Jill (2003): How it feels when parents divorce

DVD resources

McLoughlin, Tom: (2005). The hidden culture of aggression in girls.
Dr. Phil: On anger.
Hughes, Daniel: Building the bonds of attachment.
Phelan, Thomas W., Ph.D. (2004). Surviving your adolescents: How to manage and let go of your 13 -18 year olds

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