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The Parent Exchange is a free forum where participants can remain anonymous to swap questions, advice, and stories—and no questions are off-limits.

“There are just some things I can’t talk to my friends about. What do I know about teenage girls and all of their drama and situations at school? I’m doing the best I can, but sometimes, I just want to be able to get some advice without the judgment.”

“My kid just did something stupid on social media. What do I do?” Kids don’t come with instruction manuals, and parents don’t always have the answers. A growing community of online parents is helping to change that. The Parent Exchange is a free forum where participants can remain anonymous to swap questions, advice, and stories—and no questions are off-limits.

Many times, there are questions and situations that moms and dads may find too embarrassing or uncomfortable to discuss with friends and family. For example, just minutes before bedtime, a parent may find his or her child vigorously scratching his head, only to discover he has head lice—for the fourth time in three months. Or perhaps a parent calls in to school for a meeting with teacher only to discover that his or her child is the class bully.

“There are just some things I can’t talk to my friends about,” said Joey, a single dad. “What do I know about teenage girls and all of their drama and situations at school? I’m doing the best I can, but sometimes, I just want to be able to get some advice without the judgment.”

Recently launched in the fall of 2014, The Parent Exchange has gained traction with parents across a wide variety of questions and perspectives.

  • My 6-year-old punched the teacher. Help!
  • How do I tell the kids we are getting divorced?
  • Is it right to give my kids a mental health day from school every so often?
  • What is the perfect allergy-free cupcake recipe? It's my child's birthday next week, and I want to bring something for his class.
  • Does my middle-schooler seriously need this Texas Instruments calculator? It's massive and expensive.

Parents, grandparents, and caregivers find the online forum a critical tool in helping to navigate the raising of kids.

The Parent Exchange features the greatest parenting experts of all—real parents. You can access The Parent Exchange online at http://www.theparentexchange.org or at http://www.theparentsunion.org/app for a link to the free mobile app.

The Parent Exchange is a free service brought to you by The Parents Union, a Washington-based non-profit working to make your kids’ school experience better. We connect parents, build online communities, and speak the language of parents.

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