Parenting is largely a learn as you go job. Kids don’t come with instruction manuals, so where do you turn when you need advice? Although it can sometimes incite a parent’s worst fears, the Internet can also be a parent’s best friend when it comes to getting advice, connecting with other parents, and gaining all of the information you need to raise your children well. But with so much information out there, it can be hard to know where to look. We’ve rounded up the top 100 sites for parents organized by key categories, such as health/safety and new parents, to help you find exactly what you need.
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Dr. Google is often a parent’s favorite resource whenever a child gets a boo-boo or is running a fever, but it may not be the most reputable. Try some of these sites run by trained professionals next time you need health and safety tips.
KidsHealth from Nemours provides health-centered content for parents, kids, and teens. Its simple fact sheets and articles help break down the most common medical issues kids face, as well as encourage them to develop healthier habits.
NSPCC is a UK organization that seeks to prevent abuse and transform children’s lives. The website includes informational articles designed to provide parents with tips to help their children grow.
WebMD Parenting goes beyond helping Dr. Mom make a diagnosis based on a child’s symptoms. The informative site features articles on a range of issues parents face, such as assigning chores and planning healthy meals. Parents can also find resources to track their child’s development.
Safe Kids Worldwide shares safety tips for parents. Resources include information childproofing, preventing choking, and car seat safety to help ensure kids stay safe in every situation.
Ask Dr. Sears helps parents access the advice of one of the top medical experts for children and his team. Much of the advice is geared towards parents of kids in elementary school and younger and includes information on trends such as baby-wearing and attachment parenting.
CYH.com is a website created by the Australian government to provide parents with the latest health-related information. Parents can also access a digital copy of the Blue Book to track their child’s development.
Fit4Schools features a range of videos, lesson plans, and other resources designed to get kids moving. Although the website is designed for schools, parents may find many of the printable charts and interactive videos helpful to get kids moving at home too.
Education doesn’t just happen in the classroom. As parents, you want to ensure your kids are maximizing their learning potential. Whether you need homework help or simply want some enrichment activities, these sites have plenty of engaging games, videos, and other educational resources for kids.
HelpTeaching.com helps you supplement your children’s education with worksheets, online lessons, blog posts, and other resources for core K-12 subjects.
Bedtime Math promotes a love of numbers with daily math facts and stories. Parents can even download a free app to make it easier to access the content.
PBS Kids features some of kids’ favorite characters, such as Daniel Tiger, Arthur, and the Kratt brothers. Kids can watch videos and play games related to their favorite PBS shows while parents can find informational articles, craft ideas, and other educational and fun resources.
Khan Academy helps kids learn for free through videos, practice questions, and other online activities. The site focuses on math and science content beginning in kindergarten and going through college-level courses.
Ted-Ed features free video-based lessons. Lessons go beyond TED talks. They also feature instructional videos and slideshows. Each lesson also includes multiple choice and discussion questions to help kids learn.
Steve Spangler Science makes science fun through engaging experiments and activities. Parents can find ideas for a science fair or just a fun experiment to enjoy on a Saturday.
Reading Rockets provides resources to help struggling readers. Parents will find articles and other content to help them learn more about phonics, text selection, and the basics of reading instruction to help them reinforce their child’s reading skills at home.
Most parents dislike unsolicited advice, but there are times when you really need to hear someone else’s perspective or get some help with a problem you’re having. The Internet offers a place to find that advice without hearing your co-worker or mother-in-law’s personal opinion on your situation.
Focus on the Family offers parenting advice with a Christian focus, but that doesn’t mean non-Christian parents won’t benefit from articles on topics ranging from whether to spank children and chores for kids to discussions about sexuality and how to help children get the care they need.
Parenting.com definitely has the best name for a parenting website, but it also offers quality content to justify that name. Articles range from top toys and gift ideas to development articles organized by age.
Child Development Institute provides advice for parents on a host of different topics, many of which are based in research. Parents can also download a free ebook and find other parenting resources.
Aha! Parenting helps parents discover that Aha! moment through parenting articles, a blog, and even a doctor Q&A section. Content is organized from newborns through teenagers.
Scary Mommy recognizes that not all parents are perfect and mixes practical parenting advice with a bit of humor and current events, as well as trending parenting tweets.
Supernanny isn’t just a popular television show. The parenting guru also has a website full of helpful advice for parents along with printable reward charts and other resources.
Parent Toolkit was developed with parents in mind and is designed to provide them with all of the information they need to help their children excel. Content is organized by topic and by age-level and includes academic and developmental benchmarks.
Kids in the House is like parenting YouTube. It’s full of informational videos to help parents learn from the top experts in the field, as well as parents who are simply doing the job well.
Parents can struggle to find a community, especially if all of their friends are single or childless couples. Online communities can offer the perfect place for moms and dads to connect with other like-minded parents to get advice, vent, and just share in the joys of parenting.
Circle of Moms by Popsugar is best-known for its online mom groups that allow mothers all sorts of topics ranging from eating problems to marriage issues. Currently trending topics appear on the homepage or moms can jump into the different communities to find more relevant topics.
Holistic Moms Network helps moms who want to focus on living healthier connect with other moms who want to do the same. Moms can use the website to find local groups or join the larger online community.
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, but it’s an organization designed to get moms with young children (including expectant moms) to find a community of other moms to support them. MOPS groups meet all over and women can use the website to find one near them, as well as discover blogs and other content related to parenting.
Mamapedia shares the wisdom of moms who’ve been there. Moms can join groups of mothers in their local communities or based on common issues and interests.
BabyCenter features a wealth of communities for parents, particularly new parents. Birth clubs even allow moms to connect with other mothers around the world with children who are the same age as their own.
Kids love technology, but parents want to be sure their children aren’t idly watching screens all day. These sites will help parents find the best devices, apps, and other content for children.
Cool Mom Picks goes beyond technology and offers awesome picks for toys, accessories, and more. However, it does offer a heavy focus on apps, websites, and other media your children may consume.
Common Sense Media reviews everything from apps and websites to movies, books, and television shows to help parents and teachers find the best content for children. The detailed reviews include aspects such as violence, language, and diversity.
Plugged In provides Christian movie reviews and focuses on offering thorough summaries of movies and explanations of any questionable content they may contain. For non-Christians, the reviews may be helpful for weeding out films full or curse words or other age-inappropriate content.
The Digital Kids Initiative is focused on helping parents and educators become more aware of the technology children and teens use. It includes research-based articles and downloadable resources, including guides to sexting and cyberbullying.
iParent.tv reviews apps, websites, social media, and devices to help parents learn about the tech their teens are using.
Whether you’re trying to please picky eaters or looking for quick dinner recipes, the Internet is the place to go. Plenty of sites offer family-friendly recipes to cater to a range of dietary needs and taste buds.
Weelicious, founded by Catherine McCord, features many recipes designed to help please picky palates and provide healthy options for children. The site has been featured on numerous websites and programs geared towards children.
Wholesome Baby Food bills itself as the largest baby food site in the world and offers recipes and advice to help parents make their own baby food. Best of all, it only takes an hour a week!
The Family Dinner Project helps families build relationships around the table. Each day includes a conversation starter, a fun game to play, and a healthy recipe.
Yummly provides parents with a free recipe service that allows them to find and store new recipes. Filters allow users to search based on allergies and dietary preferences.
Take Them a Meal allows friends and family members to organize meal delivery for parents when they have a new baby or another need arises.
Kraft Recipes shares recipes designed with families in mind. Many of the recipes incorporate Kraft products, including the ever popular with kids Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
Choose My Plate is the USDA’s site for dietary guidelines for adults and children. The site helps parents learn more about nutrition and learn more about what they should put on their children’s plates.
Travel and Activities
It’s important to get out and enjoy activities together as a family. These sites help make travel with kids either, whether you’re staying close to home or traveling the world.
Trekaroo helps make family vacations easy by sharing information on popular destinations and guides created by families who have traveled with children.
Family Days Out allows parents to search for fun, family-friendly activities in a specific area. Parents can filter results by options such as indoor play, tours, and museums.
Red Tricycle shares events and activities for families to enjoy. The site can be filtered to show local options, but also includes options that are good anywhere, such as craft and party activities.
Mommy Poppins is a parent’s go-to site for local events and activities. Visit the site for your state or nearest large city to find upcoming events for kids and families.
Lonely Planet Kids encourages kids to discover a whole new world of adventure. Kids can watch informational videos or browse the latest books in the Lonely Planet series.
MomsMinivan.com makes it easier for parents to get through trips in the car. The site features printable travel games and other activities kids can enjoy in the car or traveling by bus, plane, or train.
Factory Tours USA contains lists of factory tours around the United States. Find a nearby factory to visit during a staycation or look for someplace unique to check out during a family trip.
Money and Savings
It’s never too early to start teachings kids about money. Find the best ways to save money for your family and to build strong financial skills in your children with these sites.
Mommy Savers proves that you don’t have to sacrifice quality for savings. The site shares recipes, organization ideas, and money-saving tips.
KidsMoney.org features a wealth of resources to help kids learn how to manage their money. Resources cover topics such as allowance, earning, investing, and saving.
Biz Kids uses kids to teach other kids about money. The site features games, videos, and other financial resources. Teachers and parents will also find lesson plans to teach specific financial concepts.
Rich Kid, Smart Kid features games designed to help kids become financially literate. Characters encourage kids to share what they’ve learned with their parents and teachers.
Deal Seeking Mom shares the latest sales and coupons with moms who are looking to save money. The site also includes recipes and freebies for moms.
New parents need all the help they can get. However, they don’t always want to seek advice from the family members who offer their own unsolicited comments. These sites allow new parents to get answers from experts – both medical professionals and parents who have been in their shoes.
The Baby Guy shares product reviews and gift guides to help parents find the best gear for their new babies and keep up with the latest products on the market so they don’t miss out on something cool.
Nameberry offers a complete guide to baby names so parents can be sure to choose the perfect name for their newest bundle of joy.
Baby Dot Dot contains all sorts of tips for new parents, from how to get through pregnancy to understanding sleep issues and finding ways to play with babies.
Bundoo guides parents through baby milestones and child development issues with advice from leading doctors in the field of pediatrics. There’s even a community where parents can ask questions.
TheBump.com is an expectant mother’s go-to source for information about pregnancy and baby care. Parents can also create baby registries using the site.
Rookie Moms helps answer all of the questions a first-time parent is likely to have. It also includes tips on topics such as baby gear and pregnancy fashion.
What to Expect is the go-to brand for expectant parents. Thousands, if not millions of new moms, have read What To Expect When You’re Expecting and parents can get even more information on the brand’s website.
The Baby Sleep Site does more than just provide information on helping babies get to sleep. It also shares recipes and other parenting tips.
Parents of Toddlers and Preschoolers
Whether parents are in the midst of the terrible twos, the even more terrible threes, or the ferocious fours, there are plenty of sites out there to help them get through it. Some of these sites also provide educational materials to help with early learning.
The Honest Toddler brings a sense of humor to parenting by sharing hilarious blog posts from the perspective of a toddler.
Zero to Three shares information designed to help parents maximize a child’s development during the baby and toddler years. The site includes the annual State of Babies Yearbook.
PreschoolExpress.com offers fun activities and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. Many of the activities are simple enough that parents can enjoy them with their children at home.
Fisher-Price shares developmental milestones for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and also offers some simple online games and other activities for babies and toddlers.
Anxious Toddlers provides advice and resources for parents of children who suffer from anxiety. The site’s advice starts with toddlers and goes through teens.
Parents of Elementary School Kids
By the time kids enter elementary school, many parents feel like they’ve started to get the parenting game down, but they still need resources to help with homework, discipline, and other issues that may arise.
National PTA helps connect parents with their school’s PTA to encourage family-school relationships. Parents will also find guides on student success and family health.
Scholastic Parents gives parents the inside scoop on their children’s favorite books, providing activities to go along with them and also sharing tips to improve reading skills.
Center for Effective Discipline provides information to help parents in one of the areas where they need it the most – discipline. The goal of the site is to offer healthy alternatives to corporal punishment.
Code.org explains that it’s never too early to start building technology skills in kids. The site offers free coding games, videos, and projects for kids.
GreatSchools shares valuable information with parents about the quality of the schools where they live or plan to move. The site also has articles on popular parenting topics.
Parents of Tweens and Teens
If you’re currently parenting a tween or a teen, you have our sympathy. Seriously though, parenting children in this stage of life can be a challenge, but it can also be very rewarding. These sites help parents navigate the teenage years, learn what dangers to watch out for, and also provide encouragement.
YoungMinds.org.uk is designed to provide parents with information and resources related to mental health issues youth face. The site includes stories from youth have struggled with mental health issues.
TalktoFrank.com provides the latest information on drugs so both parents and teens can know the dangers that are out there.
Raising Teens helps parents of teenagers find a bit of sanity. The site includes posts on teen dating, technology, school issues, and more.
Responsibility.org encourages teens to make responsible choices when it comes to alcohol by sharing with them the latest stats and research. Guides and resources also help parents talk to their teens about alcohol use.
Your Teen Magazine shares advice on how to raise teenagers from parents who have been there. Topics cover middle school through college age students and topics such as health and sexuality and college and admissions.
ParenTeenConnect.org contains expert advice on teen technology use and helps parents learn to set limits and take control of their children’s use of technology.
Parents of Boys
Some boys are rambunctious and have tons of energy to burn. Others are quieter and prefer to spend time reading or enjoy less strenuous activities. Whatever type of boy you’re raising, these sites will provide you with information to help him become the best boy he can be.
All for the Boys shares activities, movie recommendations, and other resources straight from a mom of boys. Although the site focuses on boys, it contains resources that are appropriate for any gender.
Bring Back the Boys promotes healthy development in boys by providing resources for parents and educators. The site includes videos, scholarly literature, and a Q&A section.
The Boys Initiative focuses on mental health problems and drug issues that particularly impact boys. Parents can learn more about the risks boys face and strategies to help them avoid dangerous behaviors.
Building Boys features tips on raising boys and includes a link to the On Boys podcast which offers relevant advice to make it easier to parent boys.
The Good Men Project tackles tough issues related to boys and seeks to promote conversations that help boys become good men who make a positive impact in the world.
Boys’ Life is a magazine focused on all things boy and the online website features some of the magazine’s articles, as well as fun games and activities that boys will enjoy.
Parents of Girls
Not all girls love pink, but all girls have the potential to do great things. These sites of focused on empowering girls and helping them embrace their potential.
A Mighty Girl encourages girls to be all they can be by promoting books, movies, music, and other materials that feature strong females.
American Girl is more than just a store for dolls and clothing. It’s a lifestyle brand designed to help girls grow up strong. The website features games, articles, crafts, and other fun materials for girls.
Raising Smart Girls helps girls become STEM stars with articles to help parents encourage STEM skills in girls, lists of STEM events around the United States, and stories of girls making strides in the world of STEM.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The site features a blog highlighting issues girls face and also shares stories of powerful girls.
Girls Who Code connects girls with coding clubs around the world and contains other resources to promote STEM education for girls.
Parents of Children with Special Needs
Parenting a child with special needs can be a difficult, but rewarding job. Through these sites, parents can find advice, support, and encouragement to keep pressing on, as well as resources to help make the journey easier.
PHP.com stands for Parents Helping Parents and is designed to help parents find the information and resources they need to raise kids with special needs. Information includes videos and articles on different disabilities and issues parents may face.
Our-Kids.org is the website for an e-mail list designed for parents and other caregivers. The site includes message archives and information on how to join the e-mail family.
Kids Together, Inc. promotes inclusive communities and shares resources to help parents find resources to ensure their children get the services they need and the respect they deserve.
Special Needs Planning helps parents navigate the financial side of raising a child with special needs, including resources related to housing, health, and other special services.
Parents decide to homeschool their children for many different reasons. Whatever those reasons, they all need to find quality curriculum and support.
TheHomeschoolMom shares encouragement for homeschool parents and also provides and tips on homeschooling, such as curriculum reviews and subject-specific help sites.
Homeschool.com calls itself the #1 homeschooling community. That’s because it’s full of articles, curriculum materials, and other free resources to help make homeschooling easier.
HSLDA is the website for the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Homeschool families should regularly check HSLDA info to make sure they’re in compliance with rules and regulations for their state and find other pertinent news related to homeschooling.
Homeschoolshare is a co-op of homeschooling moms who want to share quality, literature-based units. Best of all, the content is free.
Mothers work hard and sometimes they don’t get the appreciation they deserve. These sites designed just for mom give them a chance to relax, enjoy some mom-centered content, and find helpful advice at the same time.
CafeMom offers a one-stop shop for parents who want to get advice, but also don’t want to miss out on the latest lifestyle and entertainment news. The site covers all three topics and offers a special section of support for moms.
AlphaMom offers a similar offering to CafeMom and also includes product reviews, crafts, and a week-by-week pregnancy calendar.
Mom.me shares parenting content on the latest news in the parenting world, great deals for moms, and advice to help make parenting easier.
Many parenting sites are geared towards mothers, but fathers do a lot of work too. On these sites, fathers can find ways to interact with their children and learn about the value they bring to parenting.
Fatherly.com shares practical and evidence-based advice designed just for fathers. Content ranges from expectant parents through parents of teenagers.
Allprodad.com wants fathers to be heroes for their kids. Dads can find articles on common parenting issues or subscribe to receive daily e-mail reminders to spend just one minute a day becoming a better parent.
Fathers For Life promotes fathers within families not without them and encourages dads to stay involved in their children’s lives.
Fathers for Good shares advice and resources to help Christian fathers lead their families well. The site also includes movie reviews and advice to help husbands improve their marriages.