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Parenting as Children Grow

Learning to support your child’s growth at every age and stage.

It’s easy to feel like knowing how to be a great parent should just come naturally. But the truth is, every family learns as they go. And while kids don’t come with instructions, there are stages to growing up. A knowledge of parenting and child development can help you set realistic expectations, encourage positive behaviors and feel prepared for new challenges as children change and grow.

Hear from parents

I went to the parenting classes to be a better parent for my kids, and I want them to be better for their own kids, eventually.”

-Cassy

Parenting as Children Grow can look like…

Chart showing reward for good behavior

Trying different strategies for managing behavior

Computer screen showing a search for help with toddler meltdowns

Looking for parenting information, tools and ideas

Young woman in three stages of growing up: young child, child, and teenager

Knowing how to nurture kids as they grow

Ask Yourself…

There are no right answers. Thinking about these questions can help you understand your family’s strengths.

Do you feel like you know what to expect as your child grows? Flip to Learn More
Being able to recognize developmental milestones (the way children play, think, learn, speak, act and move at certain ages) can be useful for you and your child. As your child’s first and most important teacher, you want to know what to watch for so you can support their learning. Plus, having realistic expectations based on your child’s age will help you avoid frustrations and enjoy your time together more. Back to Question
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Expecting yourself never to make mistakes is unrealistic. Luckily, kids don’t need perfect parents. Acknowledging the missteps you’ve made—by taking responsibility for your actions and by making a plan to make things better—can actually build your confidence. Even better, you show your kids how to admit to mistakes, recover from them and treat others with honesty and kindness. Back to Question
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When something has worked in the past, we tend to stick with it. That can leave parents struggling when children or challenges change. Filling your family toolbox with a wide variety of parenting strategies and resources can help. Parent education classes and groups are a great way to learn tried-and-true approaches from people who work with parents and kids every day. Ask if a parent education class is “evidence-based” or “evidence-informed”—these descriptions mean a class has had proven results for parents. Back to Question
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Parenting as Children Grow takes trying new things.

False starts and setbacks are a natural part of growing up—for children and parents. The important thing is to keep learning about Parenting as Children Grow and to consider trying a new parenting idea.

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The 5 Strengths are also called Protective Factors.

The language some people use to describe the 5 Strengths may be different. They are also called Protective Factors. But no matter which words you use, research has shown how important these strengths are for families as they navigate the challenges and joys of daily life.

Parenting as Children Grow

Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development

Share Your Strength

Tell us about the strategies you used to grow stronger during a challenging time for your family.  By sharing, you might help another family get ideas.  And together we can all become stronger.  By submitting a story, all or part of it may be posted on this website. See .

The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board may use or share my story or any part of it for public awareness and educational purposes. I also understand the Prevention Board may edit my story for length or content. By granting my permission, I release the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, its employees, directors, and agents from any liability related to the disclosure or use of my story or any part of my story.

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Share Your Strength

Tell us about the strategies you used to grow stronger during a challenging time for your family.  By sharing, you might help another family get ideas.  And together we can all become stronger.  By submitting a story, all or part of it may be posted on this website. See .

The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board may use or share my story or any part of it for public awareness and educational purposes. I also understand the Prevention Board may edit my story for length or content. By granting my permission, I release the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, its employees, directors, and agents from any liability related to the disclosure or use of my story or any part of my story.

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Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your family. We are unable to publish every story and stories will not appear immediately after being submitted. Stories may be edited for length and context. Also, stories may be incorporated into other Prevention Board resources and materials. Questions? Learn more about our

The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board may use or share my story or any part of it for public awareness and educational purposes. I also understand the Prevention Board may edit my story for length or content. By granting my permission, I release the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, its employees, directors, and agents from any liability related to the disclosure or use of my story or any part of my story.

We appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your family. We are unable to publish every story and stories will not appear immediately after being submitted. Stories may be edited for length and context. Also, stories may be incorporated into other Prevention Board resources and materials.
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