To report a case of child abuse, call the Abuse Hotline at 1 800 96ABUSE Learn More Facebook You Tube
Located at the Marilyn Kapner Levin Center for Children’s Advocacy and Child Abuse Prevention and the Allen R. Levin Family Advocacy and Education Wing

Tips for Parents


Stewards of Children is a training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse using the 5 Steps to Protecting Our ChildrenTM. Step 3 of the 5 Steps, “Talk About It,” teaches adults to have open, age-appropriate conversations with children about topics like body safety, sex, and boundaries. Take Stewards of Children for in-depth insight and training.

Cick here to download age appropriate talk points

Getting Teens to Talk: 6 Tips to Loosen Lips

Parents are often told that keeping an open line of communication is the most important thing they can do to help their teenagers grow up safe and sound. But in a classic parenting conundrum, as soon as their adorable, chatty children hit adolescence, the kids clam up. It seems the last people on earth teens want to talk to are Mom and Dad. Getting teens to talk is suddenly so hard.

Read full article by By Randye Hoder

Website Keeps Parents in the Loop on Latest Teen Trends

The Short of It

A new website aims to keep track of dangerous trends and the latest teen lingo in order to help parents stay aware of what their kids are into.

The Lowdown

If you're having a hard time keeping up with everything your teen is doing, saying, seeing, and hearing, you're not alone. Enter, a website created by John Michels and Tim Sabens that lists new slang terms, song lyric meanings, new popular apps, and disturbing trends, like the Duct Tape challenge and drinking "Dew Shine," in order to help keep moms and dads in the loop.

"My goal behind the site was to create a resource for parents to share what they already knew," Michels told Fox 8 TV. "But also to educate themselves on things that they didn't know across a broad range of categories."

Keep Reading

The viral Internet stunts parents should know

It's a tale as old as time: We see a lot of people wearing/doing/saying something and we want to try it, too. Back in the day it was saying "Bloody Mary" into a mirror at slumber parties. Today, it means viral social media stunts. Though adults get caught up, too, kids are especially susceptible to peer pressure and FOMO (fear of missing out). To them, what was once a double-dog dare is now a popular YouTuber eating a hot pepper just to see what happens.

Keep Reading

How to Choose Appropriate Consequences

Choosing appropriate consequences is an important part of shaping your kids’ behavior. But choosing consequences that are just right for each situation — without being too lax or too severe — is difficult, especially when you're parenting on your own. If you worry that the discipline strategies you're using right now aren't working, then it's time to rethink the consequences you've chosen to use.

Learn more



According to a survey released today, vaping and marijuana use are now more common among teens than cigarette smoking, with nearly 1 in 3 12th graders reporting using some kind of vaping device in the last year. The survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders confirmed that teenagers’ use of alcohol, tobacco, prescription opioids and other stimulants has either dropped or remained static at last year’s record-low levels, but that the popularity of vaping devices continues to rise.

Read full article

Dealing With Difficult Child Behavior? 6 Ways to Keep Your Cool

When your 2-year-old throws a temper tantrum at the playground, are you ready to scream along with him? Some days, your kid's behavior can push you to your limit. But, it's important to keep your cool. Although it may seem like yelling will result in the child behavior you're looking for, it's actually counterproductive, says Emily McNeil, co-owner and clinical director of the Mariposa Center for Infant, Child, and Family Enrichment in Denver, Colo. "It's neurobiologically impossible for a child to be more regulated than his parent," says McNeil. So if you want your child to be calm, the first step is staying calm yourself.

Learn more


Types of Parenting Styles and How to Identify Yours

In psychology today, there are four major recognized parenting styles: authoritative, neglectful, permissive, and authoritarian. Each one carries different characteristics and brings about different reactions in the children which they are used on. It is important to keep in mind that every parent child relationship is different, so there is not one sure fire way to go about parenting. This is a simple guide to help decode your parenting style and provide general suggestions on how to raise a happy, responsible, productive member of society.

Full Article

Developing Your Child's Self-Esteem

Sometimes it's easy to notice when kids seem to feel good about themselves — and when they don't. We often describe this idea of feeling good about ourselves as "self-esteem." 

Kids who have healthy self-esteem tend to:

  • feel valued and accepted
  • feel confident that they can do what's expected
  • feel proud of a job well done
  • think good things about themselves
  • feel prepared for everyday challenges

Read Full Article


What is Snapchat? A 2018 Parent Guide (Video)

Due to the 2018 Snapchat app update, we’ve refreshed this parent app guide to give parents the latest digital citizenship techniques.

Schools, learn how you can host a Parent University program to your school.

Watch video guide

(c) 2019 Gulf Coast Kid's House • 3401 N. 12th Avenue Pensacola, FL 32503 • Telephone: (850) 595-5800
Privacy Statement | Contact Information
Gulf Coast Kid’s House is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

Facebook You Tube
decoritive house
No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability be subjected to discrimination by the Child Protection Center, Inc. Accommodations and/or auxiliary aids will be provided for individuals with disabilities and/or who are deaf or hard of hearing.
This is an outdated browser. For optimal viewing and security we recommend that you keep your browser up to date. Learn more at BrowserUpdate.Org.