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Crisis Hotlines:

Teen Line at Cedars Sinai: (310) 855-4673 (teen peer support from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

CA Youth Crisis Line: (800) 843-5200 (call or text 24 hours per day)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255 (call 24 hours per day)

Therapeutic Support:

The Maple Counseling Center
Low cost comprehensive mental health services for individuals, couples, and families

Institute for Girls’ Development
Therapy and assessment, community education workshops, and events for girls and parents

Our House Grief Support Center
Grief support services, education, and resources

LGBTQ+ Support:

Los Angeles LGBT Center
Programs and services for the LGBT community

Transforming Family
Peer support, training, and education for transgender and gender nonbinary youth and families

LA Gender Center
Therapists specializing in the areas of gender, gender identity, and gender dysphoria

Support Groups:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

Al-Anon and Alateen

How I’m Feeling Activity

How I'm Feeling Activity


The Mindful Parenting Availability Chart

Staying Calm During the Corona Virus: Coping Strategies


New to Homeschooling?

How to file a PSA (Private School Affidavit)

Establishing Your Private School


Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Thrive Art School – Step by step video art lessons ages 5-12

Art Hub for Kids – Step by step drawing lessons


Seterra Geography Games – Online geography lessons and games

Language Arts:

Brave Writer – Writing program for kids

Reading Eggs – Reading exercises for ages 2-13 with Free Trial

Write at Home – Online writing and literature courses for middle and high school homeschoolers


Beast Academy – Graphic novel style math curriculum for ages 8-13

Colosky’s Math Academy – Pre-recorded math lessons for 5th grade to Algebra II

Code Wizards HQ – Live online coding classes for ages 8-18

ST Math – Visual math program for grades Pre-K to 8

Teaching Textbooks – Online math lessons from Math 3 to Pre-Calculus


Cosmic Kids Yoga – Free yoga videos for kids

Multiple Subjects:

Brain Pop and Brain Pop, Jr. – Interactive videos of core and supplemental subjects

Adventure Academy – Math, reading, social studies, and science for ages 8-13:

Breakout EDU – online escape rooms to support learning across the elementary curriculum

ED Helper – printable worksheets for grades preschool-highschool

Epic – Digital library of books for kids – Digital and printable learning resources for each grade level

Khan Academy – Free courses in math, science, grammar, and history

Outschool – Live multiple subject classes online

Learning A-Z – Digital library for kids with interactive quizzes

Rozzy Career Adventures – Project-based and career-infused lessons for every subject

Scholastic Learn at Home – Educational activities for ages 4-10

Study Island – Lessons for core subject content

Time for Kids – Time Magazine subscription for kids grades K-6


Mystery Science – K-5 science lessons

Supercharged Science – Science lessons and activities for grades 1-12

Social Studies and History:

The Story of the World Book Series

Subscription Kits:

Kiwi Crate, Tinker Crate, Doodle Crate, Atlas Crate – Subscription kits for home science and arts

Little Passports – Geography and science kits for ages 3-12

Outside the Box Creation – Subscription art kits for families of kids 5-11

Steve Spangler Science – At home science and STEM experiments

Manimo Animals

Manimo weighted animals help kids with regulation. The weight of the animal provides sensory input that simulates the sensation of being hugged or held, which is calming to the nervous system. Having one on the lap during school meetings can also help with attention and focus.

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Brain Stress Reliever

This is a soft, squishy brain shaped foam toy that kids can hold onto and squeeze to relieve excess energy or stress. Helps with calming and focus.

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Flashing Spiky Ball

This is a rubbery, squeezable ball that’s used to relieve stress and help with focus. Kids can hold them in their hands, bounce them, or roll them around on their desks.

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Weighted Blanket | 7 lbs.

A lap-sized weighted blanket is used for grounding and calming for both kids and adults. It’s filled with small, round glass beads that are evenly distributed throughout the blanket. Comes in seven colors.

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Yoga Ball Kit

Yoga balls provide a way for kids to gently move their bodies when needing to stay in one place for class meetings or school work. This movement can help with focus and calming.

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Parenting Books

Infant, Toddler, and Preschool

Diary of a Baby, by Daniel Stern, MD

The Interpersonal World of the Infant, Daniel Stern

Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect, by Magda Gerber

Your Self-Confident Baby, by Magda Gerber

The Emotional Life of the Toddler, by Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD

It’s OK Not to Share…and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids, by Heather Shumaker

Elementary School

Raising a Secure Child, by Kent Hoffan, Glen Cooper, and Bert Powell

Playful Parenting, by Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD

The Highly Sensitive Child, by Elaine Aron PhD.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by A. Faber & E. Mazlish

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, by Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, by Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

Childhood and Adolescence

Hold Onto Your Kids, by Gordon Neufeld

Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life, by Dr. Stuart Shanker

The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children, by Dr. Shefali Tsabary

The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, by Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Unconditional Parenting, by Alfie Kohn

Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, by Dr. Laura Markham

Parenting in the Present Moment, by Carla Naumburg, PhD

Parenting Without Power Struggles, by Susan Stiffelman

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, by Ross Greene, PhD

Middle School

How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years, by Julie A. Ross

High School

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Daniel Siegel, MD

The Mindful Teen, Dzung X. Vo, MD FAAP

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, by Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

Self Compassion for Teens, Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD

Mindfulness Apps

Ten Percent Happier

Insight Timer 


Los Angeles Times / April 2020

Interview with Noelle Wittliff, LMFT, Founder of Mindful Parenting.


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