Phone: (217) 544-5808
Your school age child will need help dealing with feelings, studies, grades, bullies and activities. When parents and caregivers are positively involved, kids:
  • Attend more days of school,
  • Get better grades,
  • Are less likely to use alcohol, drugs and tobacco, and
  • Have a greater chance to complete high school.
Positive words and actions promote well-mannered behavior at school and at home. Resiliency skills increase a child’s ability to cope and be able to deal with setbacks and difficulties. Learn to be resilient so you can start modeling these skills for your child.

Our resiliency booklet gives you tips on how to teach and model essential resiliency skills.

Look through tip sheets for parents of school age children for answers to many of your parenting questions. You can also call 217-544-5808 or 1-888-727-5889. 

Learn how Parent Help Line might help you.

Family Life
Charts and Checklists
Other Resources

Provide healthy snacks and meals – at home, at school, and before and after activities.
Caffeine - Not a Good Choice for Kids
Dealing with Childhood Obesity
Decrease the Amount of Sugar in Your Family's Diet
Healthy School Lunches
Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Mindful Eating - A Healthy Approach to Food
Summer Weight Gain for Kids
Take Control of Your Child's Meals
Talk to your child about the importance of education. Make positive comments about school.
After School Conversations
Bullies and Victims – Both at Risk
Cell Phone Use Can Impact Your Child's Learning
Do You Teach Soft Skills at Home?
Free Back-To-School App for Parents
Improved Sleep May Improve Behavior
Is Your Child Gifted?
Parents - Plan for School Success
Prepare Your Middle School Child for High School
Puzzles Are Good For Your Brain
Teach Skills to Be Resilient
Use Summertime to Prepare for Back to School
Discuss your values and beliefs – at the dinner table, at your child’s activities, and while watching programs or the news on TV. Discuss what happens at school.
Are You’re a Permissive Parent?
Confront Adversity with a Positive Attitude
Discussing Current Events with Young Children
Know Your Teen's Brain
Parenting Your Tween – Have a Plan
Stop Making Excuses for Your Child's Bad Behavior
Watch for Bullying Behavior in Your Middle School Child
Find a balance between work and home. Take daily opportunities to engage in “small talk” with your child as you carpool, work at home, and run errands.
Dad - Got a Minute? Give it to Your Kid
Dads: Help Your Child Deal with Bullying
Talk So Your Child Will Listen
Winter Time Holiday Fun
Work-Family Conflicts for Dads
Keep your school age child safe at home, in school, and at activities. Monitor cell phones and computers. Disciss risks, set boundaries and enforce rules.
Bike Helmets Keep Kids Safe
Bike Helmet Safety Coloring Sheet
Can You Read Your Child's Text Messages?
Concussion: Know the Facts
Control Your Child's Online Access
Dangerous Drugs Available to Teens
Do Not Be Distracted When Walking and Running
Keep Kids Safe from Medical Marijuana
Prevent Medication Errors
Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Social Media Sites - Both Positive and Negative
Stay Safe During Tornado Season
Staying Home Alone - Is Your Child Ready?
Summer Food Safety Tips
When Should My Child Get a Smartphone?
Teach and reinforce positive social skills to help your child develop positive relationships with family, friends and others.
Activities – Is Quitting OK?
Choosing a Sport for Your Child
Common Sense Media
Cyberbullying - Protect your Teen
Facebook - Fun, Harmful or Both?
Help Your Child Avoid Looksism
Help Your Child Communicate Online and Offline
How to Talk to a Coach
Nourish Your Tween’s Self-Esteem
Raising Kids with a Global Mindset
Teach Your Child How to Cooperate
Teach Your Child to Be a Good Loser
Things We've Learned from Mr. Rogers
Make and keep regular visits to your child’s doctor. Exercise, eat healthy and get plenty of sleep. Learn how to cope with life’s daily stresses.
Create Your Family Plan for Health and Well-Being
Good Stress and Bad Stress - Know the Difference
Help Prevent Type II Diabetes
Help Your Overweight Teen Get Fit
Know Your Suncreen Ingredients
Mindful Eating - A Healthy Approach to Food
Tips for Flu Season
Show interest in your grandchild. Call, visit and attend events. Be your grandchild’s biggest supporter at home, school and activities.
Grandparents Have a Special Job
GrandparentTime Booklet
Family Life
Keep track of everybody’s work, school and activities. Include regular “family time” on your calendar.
A Healthy Lifestyle Increases Resiliency
Focus on the Positive
Make This Holiday More About Giving Than Getting
Make Your Fall Fun and Safe
Positive Parent-Child Time
Reduce Household Waste
Routines and Rituals Make Family Life Easier
Take the Stress Out of Travel
Visit Your Local Farmers Market This Summer
What Makes a Family Strong
Working Parents Must Share Household Chores

Charts and Checklists

Babysitter Checklist
My Plate USDA Food Recommendations 
Immunizations Age 7 - 18
Health History and Information
The Road to Resiliency Chart 

Other Resources
American Academy of Pediatrics
Healthy Children
Building Blocks for Healthy Development
Dad Info
For Kids