Heart-to-Heart Parenting

Studies show – and young people say themselves – that a strong, open relationship with a parent is the best deterrent to binge drinking or drug use.

Research also shows there’s a parenting style proven to help build healthy relationships and reduce risky behaviors. Some know it as “authoritative,” we call it “heart-to-heart.”

What does authoritative parenting look like? How can parents use it in real, day-to-day life? Find out by taking this quick quiz that gives you some real-world scenarios highlighting the heart-to-heart style.


Tips and Tools

If you’re looking for more tips and tools to help on your parenting journey or as an ally of a young person, you’ve come to the right place. There are dozens of resources for you to use to help kids live happy and healthy lives.

This resource rich site also features ways for you to easily find local support, contact us and learn more about the Region 5 Prevention Network.


Some conversations are tougher than others, here are some real-life examples…


“Preparation is the key to success” applies to heart-to-heart conversations. Use this free downloadable worksheet to…


Rates of anxiety and depression in children have increased in the last decade. Learn the symptoms and how to talk with your kids about their anxious thoughts.


Sleep is very important to your child’s health and well-being. In fact, good sleep habits start from birth. Learn how much sleep your kid should be getting based on their age.


Kids thrive on routine because it gives them a sense of predictability in their lives. With a back-to-school schedule for kids, they can depend on the sense of security they feel in a familiar way with their other routines.


It’s never too early to start talking with your children about people who may look different than them…