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"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6​

Peaceful Parenting

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs, if not the hardest job, that God has given us. The Bible tells us that children are a blessing and gift to parents, yet there are times we are left confused and worried that we aren’t doing it right.

We’ve all been there a time or two (or twelve). Y’all, those moments will test your patience like nothing else. And the last thing you’re thinking about is how your not-so-angelic little angels are a reward from the Lord. Those are the times we have to remember to parent with the goal in mind.

 

What is Home Sweet Home™?

Social science has accumulated a great deal of evidence proving parent education programs can lead to better parenting all along the continuum of caretaking effectiveness, thereby achieving widespread gains in child development. Our Home Sweet Home™ parent success groups are moving the nation toward community-wide programs that can improve parenting, thus reducing child maltreatment and enhancing child development.

Home Sweet Home™ classes are 12 weeks long for 1 hour per week.* Life-skills class times vary.

*New Start for Single Parents & Brave Kids are both 10 weeks long for 1 hour per week and held at the same time.

What is H2Co™?
(Co-parenting Success Group)

H2Co™ is held twice per year and is 10 weeks long for 1.5 hours each week.

Many times, a child experiencing the dissolution of the family structure experiences abandonment. They fear the world is against them. They will do dramatically better if the parents are able to get along and reduce trauma in this already traumatic experience.

H2Co™ Co-parenting success group allows a safe mutual place for parents to come together for the interest of their child and build on their skills and knowledge as a unit. (Step-parents, grandparents, foster parents and adoptive parents are always welcome and encouraged to participate.)

H2Co™ is held twice per year and is 10 weeks long for 1.5 hours each week.

 

What is DADS MATTER?

A father has only one chance to raise a child. Yet, in the midst of fatherhood, many dads feel that one chance slipping away because they’re frustrated and overwhelmed by the demands of parenting.

Other fathers are working two or three jobs to support their families and can’t be home often enough to develop a relationship with their children. Others simply aren’t there for their kids, living elsewhere because of marital conflict or a prison sentence.

Dads Matter aims to teach critical parenting skills that can help to empower fathers and improve the well-being of their children.

“Father absences are generally recognized as leading to psychological and economic problems for children,” says The Fatherhood Project  Director Raymond Levy, PsyD, a psychologist at Mass General.

 

How Does DADS MATTER Work?

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“The level of involvement of fathers dictates the social, emotional and academic outcomes for children,” Dr. Levy says. “It’s clear that being well taken care of and having a stable, secure home life is better for brain development and overall health than living in a household with father absence and emotional or financial neglect.”

Dads Matter offers assistance to all types of dads: those who are part of a two-parent household, single and young fathers, dads who live apart from their children and incarcerated dads. The programs include group meetings for teen dads to participate in skill-building exercises, learn practical parenting tips and communicate with peers going through similar experiences.

Other groups include fathers from the community and their children – infants to 5 years old – who attend activity sessions where dads make the most of one-on-one time with their children, connect with other fathers and develop fatherhood goals through participation in instructor-led activities.

The Facts

If U.S. parents had access to services that improve parenting, the nation would witness not only a decline in abuse and neglect – as welcome as that would be – but also a boost in child development for a broad range of children as manifested in higher school achievement, less delinquency, fewer teen pregnancies, reduced child mental illness, and a host of other positive outcomes.

Moreover, improved parenting could enhance the lives of parents themselves by reducing the incidence of depression and upgrading employment prospects.

More than 3 million American children are investigated for child maltreatment each year, and 800,000 children—about one in every hundred—are identified by state agencies as having been abused or neglected. More than 1,500 children die as a result of this maltreatment. The damage to children is most often inflicted by their parents—many, if not most, of whom are overwhelmed by a sense of parental frustration and failure.

Indeed, the problem of difficult relationships between parents and children extends far beyond the millions of parents and children who come to the attention of child protection officials each year. Child maltreatment, the most extreme outcome of poor parenting, seriously impairs the mental health and disrupts the development of children.

But research shows that parenting that is problematic without reaching the level of maltreatment can also lead to seriously negative educational and mental health outcomes for children.