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Mental Health
Child Mind Institute  Their website has topics A-Z (from anxiety to trauma). They also have a symptom checker tool,  which cannot diagnose your child, but  can help inform you about possible diagnoses and offer information and articles to help you learn more, and to facilitate a conversation with a professional. 
 
Hey Sigmund is a blog that covers diverse mental health topics for adults and children.
 
 
 
Technology/Social Media

Common Sense Media  is a great resource to help you sort through the movies, tv shows, video games, etc that your child or teen is interested in. They  provide reviews of movies, apps, games, and books to help parents make informed decisions about children’s media  exposure and entertainment. Practical balanced information about anything media related.
 

     Raising Digital Natives  is the website of Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World.   The blog offers advice and insight, with a focus on mentoring over monitoring as well as a fee based phone wise course to help your family evaluate your child's cell phone readiness.

 
 Substance Use
 
CT substance use treatment information 24/7 line: 1-800-563-4086

Are you a parent concerned about your teen or young adult child's substance use and possible addiction? There are parent support groups not far from Weston:
The C.A.R.E.S Group: offers professionally facilitated free weekly support groups, & recovery resources for parents. Local meetings : 7-9 PM in Danbury on Mondays /Trumbull on Tuesdays /Shelton on Thursdays.
 
New Canaan Parent Support Group: dedicated to providing an inclusive and safe environment for parents of loved ones affected by addiction and substance use. Meets monthly Wednesdays. Contact: Paul Reinhardt 203-564-6374
 
Turnbridge:  meets the 2d and 4th Tuesday 7 PM. Holy Trinity Church 75 Church Lane, Westport meetings are free and open to any parents of a child w/ substance use concerns. No program affiliation required Info: Diana Clark (802) 236-0145.
 
Hope & Support group  Meets each Wednesday 7-9 PM, Fairfield Parent Connection,
First Congregational Church, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield.
 
SMART Recovery is an alternative to traditional 12-step recovery program. Family& Friends support group is Thursdays 6:0 PM Bigelow Senior Center 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield: info@healthymindsct.org
 
Al-Anon Family groups:.Find a meeting nearby on the meeting finder on their website. Al-Anon is a self help 12 step style family support group.
 
Prevention and treatment information
 
Partnership for Drug-free kidsThis is a great resource for prevention, intervention and treatment. Do you want to know how to talk to your teen about marijuana?  Do you want guidelines for having the conversation about substance use? Do you want to learn more about signs of a problem with substances? Guidance for finding the right treatment? It's all here. Partnership also has a free parent helpline via phone, email or text. 
 

The  Parent's 20 Minute Guide is a great practial resource for any parent concerned about how to help your child who is using substances (or engaging in other risky behaviors). It's divided into sections: helping with words, helping with actions, helping, helping with understanding and helping with self care.
 

Addiction.The Next Step. is an amazing website to help find positive evidence based support for a loved one battling addiction.  Its an amazing interactive guide offering support, information and guidance in the form of videos, etc. for any parent concerned about their teen or young adult's substance use.

 

Parenting children with special needs

Sped*Net Wilton: Special education network of Wilton. Information and programs.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy CenterResources, parent support, speakers, etc. for parents of children with special needs in CT

Understood.org: information about parenting children with learning and attention issues

Tilt parenting podcast: An amazing podcast for parents of 'differently wired children

 

Raising Girls 

Girls Leadership: This program, co-created by author Rachel Simmons is an excellent resource, with so many programs, events, etc related to girls and parenting girls. I especially recommend the parent education videos which can help you wisely navigate issues sucha s friendship, communication and confidence.

Untangled,Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, by  Lisa Damour.  If you read one book about raising teen girls, this should be the book.

 

Raising boys

Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, Rosealind Wiseman  This book offers perspective on how boys think, and how to help and support boys.