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May 2024Vol. 25, No. 4Positive Parenting, Thriving Kids

The Child Mind Institute in partnership with the state of California developed the Positive Parenting, Thriving Kids Project to help parents and caregivers support the mental health and self-esteem of their children. The project provides a series of free videos that feature more than 150 caregivers, youth, and experts talking about challenging topics, organized into the following categories:

  • Self-Care and Parent-Child Relationships
  • Healthy Child and Adolescent Growth
  • Big Changes and Challenges
  • Family and Community Stress

Videos answer a variety of questions, such as:

  • How can I take care of myself so I can be the best parent I can be?
  • How can I build and maintain a warm and positive relationship with my child or teen?
  • How do I help my child build healthy self-esteem?
  • How do I build my child’s basic wellness habits, like sleep, diet, and exercise?
  • How and when do I talk to my kids about sex, consent, and safety?
  • How do I talk to my child about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression?
  • How and when do I talk to my kids about alcohol and drugs?
  • How do I recognize signs and help my child struggling with mental health problems?
  • How do I help my child with difficult experiences such as encountering and responding to racism and discrimination?

Each video is less than 10 minutes; available in English and Spanish; and includes a downloadable learning guide with evidence-based tips, tools, and additional resources. 

To learn more, visit the project’s webpage.

Related item: Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids, another Child Mind Institute Thriving Kids project and video series, is featured in the June 2022 issue of CBX.