Parent Education

"There is no job more important than parenting." - Benjamin Carson

The Family Support Center offers formal and informal parenting support and workshops for families in our community, including:

POWER PARENTING

Currently, the Family Support Center is offering a monthly Power Parenting workshop in partnership with the Hands on Children's Museum on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm. This fun and informative class is open to all parents. Drop your kids off for 1.5 hours of FREE supervised museum fun, while you take a break and share the joys and challenges of parenting with other moms, dads, & caregivers. Based on the internationally acclaimed, Nurturing Parenting Program, each class is lead by a professional parent educator, topic varies.

Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate staffing for childcare by calling the Hands on Children's Museum at 360-956-0818.

Upcoming topics:

April 10, 2018 Bullying and Boundaries.

Bullying happens in our families, schools, playgrounds and work places. Here we’ll talk about ways to help our children navigate the pitfalls of bullying behaviors. We will provide information on establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries for children and families.

May 8, 2018 Consequences; the myth of being in control.

As parents we often feel if we could just find the right consequence we could regain control and peace in our home. We will discuss effectiveness and pitfalls of consequences and alternatives that will work for your family.

June 12, 2018 Sensory Child.  

There are more than the five senses we learned about in school. Some children’s behaviors maybe sensory processing challenges rather than intentional meanness or bad behavior. Learn about all our senses and how they are processed in our brain. Share sensory strategies and ways to help your child when their sensory system is not functioning smoothly.

July 10, 2018 Discipline: How to Stay In Control Without Being Controlling.  

Who is in charge? Or should we ask who is in charge of what? When children learn how to be their own authority they also learn how to respect the authority of others. Infants, toddlers, school children and teens all need personal authority and a parents who can carry authority for them.

DROP-IN BREASTFEEDING GROUP

In partnership with South Sound Breastfeeding Network.

Every Thursday from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Family Support Center.

We meet every week to discuss a variety of topics related to parenting and breastfeeding. There is no sign-up, membership requirement or cost! A person experienced in helping breastfeeding families is always available at meetings to answer your questions. This is a safe space for breastfeeding families to gather for support, discussion and to share information. Children are welcome, drop in at any time!

For more information about this group or for help, support, or questions about breastfeeding, contact Linda or call her at 360-754-9297 x213

DROP-IN BABY GROUP

Every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30AM at Pear Blossom Place (837 7th Ave SE, Olympia, corner of Pear & 7th)

This is a free drop-in group for newborns to 1-year-old and their caregiver.

Join Linda Sisson to learn and discuss topics such as:

  • Development
  • Nature vs. Nurture
  • Temperament
  • Sleeping, eating, and pooping
  • Signs of Autism
  • Security and attachment
  • Baby sign language
  • Brain growth
  • Behavior
  • Health and wellness

For questions, contact Linda Sisson at 360-754-9297 x213