What To Know

Being a parent is one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs in the world but it can be overwhelming at times.

Most parents want to do a good job of raising their children. However, unlike other jobs where you get special training, most parents are left to do the best they can with what they know from their own experience. There’s no need to feel that you are all alone or that no one cares. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is always here to help you.

The Hotline is staffed by degreed, professional counselors who are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. All calls are anonymous and toll-free.

CALL 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) then push 1 to talk to a Hotline Counselor.

The Hotline receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico. Communication in 170 languages is available through state-of-the-art technology that allows three-way conversations between the Hotline counselor, the caller, and a professional translator.

 

Reading Resources for Parents

My Yucky Feeling (by Anne Malver, author of My Safe PlaceFound here)

“Teaching children to trust their gut makes this book a must read for children & parents! And it’s an outstanding resource. As parents, teachers, and trusted adults it is our job to empower and educate our children. This engaging book is an important teaching tool that can save a child by letting them know they matter and they have the power within themselves. Think about donating one to your child’s school. That’s my plan!” – Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

 

 

Educator and author Anne Malver has worked tirelessly in an effort to help victims of abuse. Holding multiple degrees in Education and Psychology, and Graduate Certificates in Special Education and School Counseling, Anne serves her community as a School Counselor in rural Western Washington. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Anne has a unique perspective which she brings to her work both as a clinician and as an author. Her book, “My Yucky Feeling” addresses the fact that we have an internal alarm system when danger is near. This can be described as My Yucky Feeling and can help keep us safe when in harm’s way. This book may be used as an additional teaching tool as part of an ongoing family dialogue about child abuse prevention education. Click here to order the book.

You can contact her by email at annemalver@gmail.com and can follow her on Instagram: @anne.malver


 

Cate’s Magic Garden (by Betsy Coffeen)

Cate's Magic Garden

Written by Betsy Coffeen

A heartwarming and lavishly illustrated picture book to remind young readers that even in the darkest of times, “words change worlds.”

When Cate the caterpillar discovers a dried-up garden and the grumpy critters who call it home, it’s up to her to show Davey Dung Beetle, Pete Potato Bug, and Walter Worm how to make it bloom. Can Cate teach them to use the magic of friendship and the power of positive thinking to bring their garden back to life?

 

 

Betsy Coffeen is a mom, a Childhelp Wings Advisor, and a freelance writer, trying to make the world a better place one word at a time. She lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with her husband Clay and three children. She enjoys running, yoga, traveling with her family, and devoting her time to serving the children of Childhelp. She especially wants to thank her husband, Minnesota family, cherished cousins Stephanie, and dear friend Jamie Relei Ferguson. Click here to order her book.

You can contact her by email at coffeen2@cox.net

Other Resources

Wonderschool (Quality in-home early childhood program network)

Wonderschool Logo

Wonderschool is excited to share new resources with you. Our Learn-at-Home Guides pull together research-backed ideas and activities to support learning at home. They are geared towards children 1-5 years-old, and can be scaled up if you have older children at home.

Learn more about the Wonderschool resources here.