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Parenting a Happy, Healthy Child: General Parenting Resources

Online Parenting Resources

The Center for Parenting Education
Includes an online library of parenting articles and videos arranged by topic.

Child Development Institute
Provides access to websites, newsletters, and blogs with expert advice and helpful tips related to child development.


Developmental milestones from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guidelines of what your child should be able to do by the time they are a certain age.

Developmental milestones from the Child Mind Institute

Guidelines of what your child should be able to do by the time they are a certain age.  Includes milestones for movement, vision and hearing, social and emotional skills, language, cognition, and signs to look for that are cause to call your pediatrician.  


Massachusetts Executive Office of Education -- Parent Engagement and Family Support

Information on education & learning, food & diet, and health & safety.  Includes guides for parents of babies and toddlers as well as early literacy resources.

From the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Includes age-specific information on symptoms, diseases and other health-related topics. Includes milestone trackers, an “Ask the Pediatrician” feature, and access to helpful apps.  


The Mindful Parent

"Mindful Parenting is a contemplative practice through which our connection to our child, and awareness of our child’s presence, helps us become better grounded in the present moment."  Site includes tips on mindful parenting.


National Center for Fathering

Includes articles, tips and information about being a father to kids by age group. 

PBS Parents
Links to information on parenting, child development, fun & games, food & fitness, videos, etc.  Includes an activity database.

Special Topics

Special Needs resources from Boston Parents Paper

Council for Exceptional Children

Exceptional Parent

Parenting Special Needs Magazine

Special Needs Recreation Events & Programs -- Massachusetts from the National Center for Learning Disabilities

Early Intervention

Boston Children's Hospital - Early Intervention Department

Early Intervention (EI) Division -- Massachusetts Department of Health and Human 

Early Intervention Programs in Massachusetts

Early Intervention Parent Leadership Project


Autism Speaks

Autism resources from the League School of Greater Boston

Autism Society

HMEA's Autism Resource Center

Autism Alliance

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

​CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder from the National Center for Learning Disabilities 

Down Syndrome

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress

National Down Syndrome Congress

National Down Syndrome Society

Blogs / Online Communities / Newsletters -- Support groups and newsletter for parents of children with special needs

ADDitude Magazine blog, online community, and newsletter for parents of children with ADD/ADHD

Autism Speaks blog

Newsletter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs



Resources at the Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library provides access to indexes and full-text articles through the Electronic Resources page (  Many of these resources are available off-site to residents of Massachusetts.  Suggested databases are listed below:


The catalog for the Boston Public Library is available at

Suggested subject headings:

For assistance with searching and locating items held by the Boston Public Library and other libraries in the Metro Boston Library Network, see