Articles and Handouts for Parents

Carolyn Webster-Stratton, PhD., the developer of The Incredible Years® programs has authored many articles and research studies. Here are articles written especially for parents.


Special Holiday Downloads – Free printable tips cards for Reducing Holiday Stress!

Tip #1: Remember to play!
Tip #2: Praise Positive Behaviors
Tip #3: Spontaneous Rewards
Tip #4: Use Persistence, Social and Emotion Coaching
Tip #5: "Unplug the Christmas Tree"

Downloadable Handouts for Parents

Tips for Teaching Children Emotional Regulation Skills
Puppet Play (Tips and Examples)
Encourage Child Learning
Reading with CARE with Babies
Reading with CARE with Toddlers
Reading with CARE with Preschoolers

Parents and Children Together, Let’s Play

There is a widespread belief among adults in our society that the free and easy play times between parents and children are frivolous and nonproductive.


Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation is the ability to control responses to arousing situations. Just as walking, talking and toilet training are developmental steps, emotional regulation is a developmental achievement. It is not present at birth.


Coping With Peer Problems and Teaching Friendship Skills

Parents can teach social skills by role playing with their children. Games, such as the conversation card game can help parents teach children these skills.


Helping Children Learn to Regulate Their Emotions

Emotions are responses to stimuli or situations that affect a person strongly. Children differ strikingly in their emotional responses and they also vary widely in their understanding of emotions, both their own and in others.


Rewards Can Give Children an Extra Boost

Good parents support their children with encouragement and praise, but occasionally kids need a little extra incentive to learn a particularly difficult behavior. That’s where rewards can be helpful.


Responsive and Nurturing Parenting Sets the Stage

Did you know that one out of four social interactions with another child in preschool is aggressive? You can foster your children’s social, emotional and academic development.


Don’t Be Afraid to Praise

The purpose of praise is to increase positive behavior with the child’s knowledge, to communicate that certain behaviors are desirable.



What to do; first, don’t panic. Respond calmly. Like any other problem, lying represents another opportunity to help children learn.