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Nurturing Relationships

Why It's Important

A child's early experience of being nurtured and developing a bond with a caring adult affects all aspects of behavior and development. When parents and children have strong, warm feelings for one another, children develop trust that their parents will provide what they need to thrive, including love, acceptance, positive guidance, and protection. (Source:

How To Build It

Building a nurturing, close relationship involves a lot of tender, loving care. The basics include being loving and affectionate with your children, understanding and responding to their needs, doing things together, talking, being involved and interested in their activities, and being aware of their friendships and interests. The Family Enrichment Collaborative sponsors programs and initiatives that support parents as they work to develop close, nurturing relationships with their children. Also, the Internet has many sources of advice on aspects of parent-child relationships. Most important, recognize that opportunities for connecting with your children are ever-present. Sometimes a walk in the park, a stop at an ice cream stand, a trip to the local family resource center, or a hike in the woods can spark conversations that help parents and their kids stay in tune with each other.


Go to this resource library and try searching for keywords such as Dad, Fatherhood, Parenting, Activities, Bonding. Or, explore the Advice and Tips for Parents section and see what information looks interesting to you.

  • If you need to find a service for a particular personal or family issue, call 2-1-1 for information and referral from a trained referral specialist.

Family Enrichment Collaborative Programs & Services

Please check out our programs and services for more information.


    JUST A.S.K.

Dial 2-1-1 to connect with community resources to get what you need to become the parent you want to be:

Advice on building a close relationship with your child
Support systems that help you balance it all & reduce stress.
Knowledge about child development & parenting skills

    Family Centers

Bath Area Family
Resource Center

Room 81 at Vernon E. Wightman Primary School,
216 Maple Heights, Bath,
776-4123 x5650

Jennie Mose Family
Resource Center

14 South Street (Old Post Office,) Addison,

Nonnie Hood Parent
Resource Center

upper floor of the Southeast Steuben County Library,
300 Civic Center Plaza, Corning, 607-936-3837

Hornell Area Family
Resource Center
Hornell Intermediate School
71 Buffalo St.
Hornell, NY 14843
607-324-0014 x1741


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