The Parent to Parent Network emphasizes the importance of parent education. Not only do parents play a huge role in the growth and development of their child, but they also act as their child's first role models. In fact, even when your child acts like he or she hates you (and tells you that over and over again), you probably still have an influence on shaping his or her decisions and behavior. The goal of the Parent to Parent Network is to give parents the information and tools they need to help their children make positive choices [source: P2PN].
If you visit the Parent to Parent Network's Web site, www.parent2parentnetwork.org, there's a wide variety of information and resources for parents and children. The Risk Resource Guide, for example, provides a list of local and national organizations that offer information and support on various issues facing children from kindergarten through college. These organizations specialize in everything from substance abuse to anger management. In addition, the guide has links to information on specific issues and problems confronting children, such as sex, steroid use, school pressure and self-mutilation [source: P2PN].
Throughout the year, the Parent to Parent Network also hosts various events in Ohio for children and parents. Each event focuses on a different topic or issue pertinent to school-age children and includes speeches and discussions with professionals in the community. Topics range from surviving the teen years to tips and strategies for parents of disabled children, and you can learn about upcoming events on www.parent2parentnetwork.org [source: P2PN]. Many, though not all, of these events are free.
Now that you know what the Parent to Parent Network has to offer, read on to learn about the potential benefits of using it.