Parenting is the raising of a child, a process from infancy to adulthood that shapes the emotional, physical, and intellectual health of a child. It is a lifelong role. As a parent, you must decide if you will raise your children by the same methods that you yourself were raised or if you will define your role as a parent in your own way.

Styles of parenting can vary widely, but there is agreement among psychologists about the success rates of some styles as compared with others.

Smart parenting is raising your child with love, care and guidance to be a happy and healthy individual. Parents have the opportunity to teach children how to be successful in many ways.

Being a positive parent means creating a family environment that supports clear communication, clear expectations and good relationships with your children.

Local Resources

Ventura County Behavioral Health
Mental health & substance use treatment services
Countywide – All Ages
Call Toll-free • Confidential • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Crisis and Referral Line
  • Early Detection & Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis 

211 Ventura County
Free service connecting people to health and human services in the community
Countywide – All Ages
Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211

Clinicas del Camino Real
Healthcare, including mental health services
Oxnard, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura – All Ages
(866) 885-7900

Support and resources, including youth shelter and housing referrals
Countywide – Children & Youth
805) 485-6114

Kids & Families Together 
For children and their families, including kinship and foster caregivers
Countywide – Children & Youth
(805) 643-1446

Logrando Bienestar
Mental health screenings 
Countywide – All Ages
805) 973-5220

Project Esperanza
Family classes & activities
Santa Paula & Fillmore – Youth
(805) 276-7671

United Parents
Local support and referrals for parents
Countywide – Youth
(805) 384-1555

Ventura County SELPA
Helping your child succeed at school
(805) 437-1560