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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: childwelfare.gov)

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.

Resources

Go to this resource library (http://www.chemungschoolreadiness.com/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 and Services

Family Resource Centers

In Woodhull, Bath, Addison and Corning, family resource centers provide drop-in play opportunities, parent groups, information resources and learning opportunities for parents.

  • Woodhull Community Family Resource Center, lower level of the Woodhull Town Hall, 607-458-5164.
  • Bath Area Family Resource Center, Room 27 at Vernon E. Wightman Primary School, 216 Maple Heights, Bath, 776-4123 x5650
  • Jennie Mose Family Resource Center, Tuscarora Elementary School, 7 Cleveland Drive, Addison, 607-359-3839
  • Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center, upper floor of the Southeast Steuben County Library, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Corning, 607-936-3837

Parenting With Heart

This forum for parents is customized so you get help with meeting your parenting challenges. Meet with other parents once a week for ten weeks. Parents discuss their parenting concerns and the facilitator customizes skill-building activities that help everyone in the group become the parent they want to be. Often, the skills developed in this unique forum prepare parents to handle the many different facets of parenting, not just specific challenges. Visit the events section to find out when and where you can attend upcoming sessions.

Parenting Workshops

Check the event calendar for our community's offerings of workshops on a wide variety of parenting topics.

The Fatherhood Initiative

This initiative is designed to highlight the importance of fathers and male role models in the lives of children. Working in partnership with Chemung School Readiness Project, the Family Enrichment Collaborative is training parent educators to lead workshops that address the unique needs of fathers. Parenting with a Father's Heart is one such workshop. Visit the events section to find out when it is being offered near you. Our Fatherhood Summit is another opportunity for the community to come together to think about issues related to fatherhood.

Family Development Guidance In Your Home

Family Development home visitors help families set attainable goals for themselves, build on their strengths and connect with community supports that can help them better manage their day-to-day responsibilities.
 

 

    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
 

Woodhull Community Family Resource Center
lower level of the Woodhull Town Hall,
607-458-5164.

Bath Area Family
Resource Center

Room 27 at Vernon E. Wightman Primary School, 216 Maple Heights, Bath,
776-4123 x5650

Jennie Mose Family
Resource Center

Tuscarora Elementary School, 7 Cleveland Drive, Addison, 607-359-3839

Nonnie Hood Parent
Resource Center

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

 
 
 
 
 


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