Healthy Parenting Checklist for stressful situations:

Set an example. Maintain a healthy lifestyle during stressful times with plenty of sleep, exercise, and healthy food if possible.

Explain to a child what is happening. Assure your children that they aren’t to blame, and that you will handle the situation.

Keep communications open. Tell family members and friends that you are dealing with the problem, and ask you if they have questions or concerns.

Keep issues separate. When in a crisis, try to separate problems or issues to better deal with them and find solutions. Don’t take out your frustrations on a child.

Seek assistance. Getting expert help is smart. Too often we’re so close to a situation we can’t see other options or choices on how to deal effectively with the problem.

Take time out. Don’t run yourself down with negative messages. Give yourself credit for being a good parent. Recognize when you need to take a break from being a parent—or your child’s sake.

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"Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community."
Crisis Nurseries
24-hour family support service that includes a crisis line, emergency daycare and overnight care
Parents need support to be effective caregivers and provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to grow into healthy adults. Parents who are dealing with emergencies or crises such as sudden illness, housing problems, divorce or separation, or financial strains, may need time alone to resolve the crisis.
If You Need Support
If you are facing a crisis, and need help managing your children, consider the LSS Crisis Nursery—available in Mankato, Duluth and St. Cloud. A child's parent or legal guardian can request emergency day and night care for up to three days by calling their local Crisis Nursery.

Trained staff can also provide referrals, counseling and support, as well as supplies in emergency situations. Children from 0–12 years of age are eligible for Crisis Nursery care.



How You Can Offer Support
You can support vulnerable children and their families by becoming an emergency care provider (licensed childcare providers), volunteering at the Crisis Nurseries, or by making a financial contribution.

To offer your support, contact your local Crisis Nursery or make an online donation.
Donations by check can be mailed to: LSS Crisis Nursery, 2485 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
All contributions are appreciated and make a difference – every gift of $30 provides overnight care to keep a child safe.

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“When parents do not take care of themselves they will take it out on their children. So many adults have been raised in abusive homes; therefore, do the same to their children—unknowingly. The Crisis Nursery helped me find the tools I needed to learn a different way to parent. I don't know what I would have done without the Crisis Nursery—they have opened so many doors for me.”

––Parent (single mother of 3 special needs children)

“The Crisis Nursery not only provided a wonderful service to me and to my family, but I can tell that they love the work they do and they truly care about the people they help. I don't know what I would've done without them.”

––Parent (single parent of 3 children)

“I am proud to be a part of the LSS St. Cloud Area Crisis Nursery. Some parents drop off their children frustrated, angry, or almost in tears; when they return to pick them up, they are relaxed, smiling, and happy to see their children. There can be no greater comort for these parents than to get the help they need from the Crisis Nursery.”

––LSS Crisis Nursery Emergency Care Provider