Parent Resources

Being a parent today can be a challenging task. The information on this page is intended to assist parents as they navigate the world of today’s adolescent. In case you’re wondering why a youth ministry webpage would offer information for parents…

The National Study of Youth and Religion found that the single most important influence on the religious and spiritual lives of adolescents is their parents. We have often said that parents are primary educators and the data from the NSYR confirmed that.

If there is a topic area that you would like more information about, please contact me at the parish or via e-mail: icyouthea@gmail.com..

Developing Strong Catholic Families

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry offers links to helpful information for parents.

Parents' Guide to Kids and Cell Phones

Great tips and information about cell phone use.

Digital Kids Initiative

This website provides a variety of resources for parents to help their children, tweens, and teens navigate the digital world.

Parenting Online Guidebook

This resource includes helpful tips and an Agreement that may be signed by parents and their children regarding internet use at home.

Great Website for Parents of Girls

This site has excellent tips and resources for parents of girls. It also has newsletters you may subscribe to. Years ago one of their tips was to give your daughter a budget for back to school shopping. Tell her how much she has to spend and let her make the decisions. That removes the negative of having to tell her, “No, you cannot have those jeans.” My daughter was entering seventh grade when I first used that tip and we still use that system to this day.

Social Media Tips for Parents

Below are two articles with tips for parents.

Parents' Guide to Sexting

Research Information on Teen Sexting Before Age 18

Parent Primer on Internet Pornography

Bullying Resources for Parents

The Alberti Center at UB compiled a number of resources for parents on bullying.

Family Resources from the Diocese of Buffalo

Check out this website for online resources, diocesan Family Mass date, and various groups that meet throughout our diocese.

Surprise! Teens Want Time with Their Parents

This article gives tips for spending time with your teenager.

Is Your Teen Ready to Get a Job?

A helpful resource for answering that question.

The More Things Change . . .

“Our youth love luxury; they have bad manners; contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are not tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”
– Socraters (469-399 B.C.E.)

. . . the more they stay the same!

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Advent Wreath Ceremony for Families

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Common Sense on Boys and Body Image

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Common Sense on Girls and Body Image

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Some Ways to Deepen and Enrich Family Spirituality