Parenting Styles

What is your parenting style? Learn about the four main Parenting Styles as well as the latest parenting styles or take an assessment to see what style you fall in.

Developmental Stages

Looking for information about the physical, mental, social, and emotional development of children? The Iowa State University Extension has created publications addressing the physical, mental, and social, and emotional development of children for ages 0 through 11 years.

Visit our Ages and Stages page to download the information sheets. 

Suggested Books on Parenting

Happily Married with Kids: It’s NOT a Fairy Tale by Dr. Carol Ummel Lindquist

Common Sense Parenting, 4th Ed.: Using Your Head as Well as Your Heart to Raise School Age Children by Dr. Raymond Burke and Ronald Herron

Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers, 2nd Ed.: Practical, Effective Strategies for Raising Well-Behaved Kids and Being a More Confident by Bridget A. Barnes and Steven M. York

Skillstreaming the Adolescent: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills, 3rd Edition by Dr. Ellen McGinnis