Parent Tips

Here are concise but helpful tips for common parenting problems.

These tip sheets are free to download. They may be helpful while you are waiting for your child to be seen, or as an adjunct to ongoing treatment. Even if you already do much of what the relevant tip sheet suggests, sometimes adding just one or two things can make a difference!

For the ‘self-talk’ sheets, have your child or teen pick a few favorites and use repeatedly when needed. Not all statements will appeal to everyone.


Better Sleep

Becoming More Active

Increasing Desirable Behavior

Decreasing Undesirable Behavior

Fostering Empathy

Managing Siblings

Self-talk for anxiety

Self-talk for depression

Self-talk for anger

Self-talk for OCD

Talking to Teens

Talking to Your Child’s Teachers



I have written several books that are relevant to children's mental health. Some are more suited to parents of youth with anxiety disorders or depression; others are more suited to children's mental health professionals. Available titles include:

Developing Empathy: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Understanding Compassion for Therapists and Parents

by Katharina Manassis MD FRCPC
Publisher: Routledge