Local Options

The Suncoast Center
www.suncoastcenter.org/classes-education-events
Suncoast Center offers a multitude of parenting education classes ranging from newborns and toddler development to bullying, sibling rivalry and anger management. Two locations located in St Petersburg and Clearwater.

Metro Wellness Center
www.metrotampabay.org
The services at Metro focus on the LGBT community and offer a range of support groups, events and information sessions for teens and families. Four locations in St Petersburg, Tampa, New Port Richey and Clearwater.

St Petersburg College
www.spcollege.edu
SPC offers a range of programs designed to help parents with guardianship, court-ordered divorce classes and homeschooling. SPC also offers educational summer programs for kids and school year programs for student success.

Family Meetups in Saint Petersburg
www.meetup.com/cities/us/fl/saint_petersburg/parents-family/
The “Family Meetups in Saint Petersburg page” offers a range of activities and events for parents and grandparents.


 

Parenting Books

The Internet can overwhelm with the amount information and recommendations provided. Here is a compilation of my professional favorites. All books are available for purchase on Amazon.com and most in-store or online bookstores.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (Faber & Mazlish)
Provides insight, suggestions and actual practices to solve a range of parenting problems from toddlers to teens and promotes healthy forms of communication between parent and child. Issues addressed include boundary setting, punishment, cooperation, willfulness, dealing with negative emotions and family conflict.

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids (Payne & Ross)
In our high speed, over stimulated world the authors provide tangible examples for reducing “life clutter” including issues such as screen time, free time, meal/bed times and friend time.

The Everything Tween Book: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Turbulent Preteen Years (Sonna)
This book focuses on the challenges of the 8-12 year old range, focusing on the emerging differences in boys and girls, peer pressure, defiance, sibling conflict, healthy eating and exercise habits and sex.

The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls (Schaefer & Masse)
Features tips and how-to’s from experts for you and your preteen daughter in dealing with body changes, healthy habits, hormones and mood swings, peer relationships and first crushes.

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs and Other Things that Freak You Out (Geltman)
The author approaches a broad range of issues from sexting, drugs and drinking to depression, laziness, defiance and entitlement by revealing the developmental factors behind the behaviors and explaining how to approach these issues with clarity and humor to foster the most useful communication between parents and teens.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Covey)
Written in an effective, humor-filled style directed at teenagers, this step-by-step guide for building friendships, improving self-esteem, peer pressure, goal setting and talking to parents is realistic and charming. This is a great resource for teens and their parents and promotes communication between the relationship throughout.