Parenting resources are ubiquitous on the web – but finding good quality ones is a challenge. Content within certain parenting resources is commercially driven and must be taken with a pinch of salt or ignored all together. One great example can be found in a book (when it comes to quality parenting resources you can’t beat the good old published book) called Brain Rules for Baby where the author, John Medina (a developmental molecular biologist), discusses how, according to scientific research, all of these “Baby Einstein” DVDs can actually inhibit the development of your baby’s brain – some parenting resource!
Different Types of Online Parenting Resources
Certain parenting resources on the web can cover a very broad spectrum of topics like http://www.cfw.tufts.edu/ which covers (via links to parenting resources) to any topic you can imagine with regards to parenting.
Other parenting resources may cater to specific niches, for example:
- Hyperlocal parenting resources like www.queensmamas.com
- Local parenting resources like www.momsupport.org
- Religion specific parenting resources – www.primetimeparenting.com
- Volunteer organizations – parentsinaction.org
- Developmental advice – www.reflective-parenting.com
- Parenting resources for local schools www.parentsleague.org
- Musical education – www.downtownbabies.com
- Discussion forums – forums.familyeducation.com
The classic parenting resource
As I mentioned before, sometimes the best parenting resource is a good book, written by a certified professional, which is backed by scientific research. Some examples are “How to Talk so Kids will Listen & How to Listen so Kids will Talk“, “Baby 411“, and “Raising Teens with Love and Understanding”.