Parenting Agility Presentation

Resources For Parenting Agility

We were honored to have one of our educational consultants, Gary Abud, Jr., serve as the keynote speaker at the 26th Annual Parenting Conference for CARE of Southeastern Michigan on Saturday March 6, 2021.

CARE Parenting Conference

The following are select resources related to, or mentioned during, Gary’s keynote presentation. Please feel free to utilize these resources to help you as a parent, or as you work with parents, in whatever situation you might find yourself needing to have more agility and adaptive thinking in life.

Alpha International (Course)

Research from Alpha International breaks down the ways that we spend our time during our lives, and among other things provides resources for people to explore what more there is to life than meets the eye. Learn more here or find an Alpha Course near you or online—they’re completely free!

Sorting Out Your Values

Get our free values sorting activity for individuals, couples, or families below to help you and your family determine who or what matters. Our values are one thing that remain a source of constancy in uncertain times. Get the free worksheets here!

Becoming You (Documentary)

View the trailer below:

Get Out of Your Head (Book)

The 5 Love Languages of Children (Book)

Get the book or learn more here

5 Love Languages (Quiz)

Take the quiz to learn more about your own, and your family’s, love languages here.

Untangling Emotions (Book)

Groves & Smith outline how our biology interacts with our psychology, and what happens when our emotions get the best of us. They offer practical insights into how to get unstuck and interrupt our stress cycles. Learn more here.

Functional Fixedness

This concept in psychology was perhaps made most famous by a 1945 experiment called “the candle problem.” It was featured in a more modern book called Drive by Dan Pink. Read more about it and hear Dan speak on the topic here.

Candle Problem Outside the Box

Better Together (Book)

Strickland’s book describes the stages of transition from settled to resettled, as described in Gary’s talk. Learn more here.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

This organization has great statistics, data, and resources on Childhood Trauma. Learn more at

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network |

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The CDC published report, and learning resources, on ACEs can be found here.

According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences — ACE — study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for various health problems later.

Adaptive Schools (Book & Resources)

A collection of supporting documents and resources for adaptive thinking in a school setting. Learn more here.

The Adaptive School: A Sourcebook for Developing Collaborative Groups  (Christopher-Gordon New Editions): Garmston Co-developer of Cognitive  Coaching and Adaptive Schools; emeritus professor California State  University Sacramento, Robert J ...

Secrets of Happy Families (Book)

Bruce Feiler has distilled the research on family practices to find some of the best evidence-based wisdom out there to inform how your family can thrive. Including sharing personal histories to build resilience, doing weekly reviews, and more. Learn more here.

Library—The Secrets of Happy Families | Live Happy Magazine

ThirdPath Institute

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The ThirdPath Institute was formed to assist individuals, families and organizations in finding new ways to redesign work to create time for family, community and other life priorities.Learn more about their wealth of resources for an integrated approach to work and life here. And be sure to request their FREE leader guide here—it’s amazing!

Growing Young (Book)

How can friendship, optimism, and kindness help you live to 100? Find out from Marta Zaraska’s research on what we can learn from how our oldest citizens live. Learn more here. Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help  You Live to 100 (9780525610182): Zaraska, Marta: Books

We hope you’ll take forward inspiration from these resources about how you can develop parenting agility and adaptive thinking amid pandemic times and into the future. It is so important that we lead our children well in these times.