Parent Education

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"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:


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:

May 9 Fairness and Needs: Soothing Sibling Rivalry

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs we will ever do and the difficulty doubles with each child you add! Children gain knowledge and empathy by having a sibling in their life. However that learning can be painful, especially for parents who have to listen to the squabbles. We’ll uncover some of the real issues between siblings and discuss strategies and successes.

June 13 From Clingy to Adventurous: How to foster Independence. 

Our children are dependent on us for so much; basic physical needs, emotional needs, learning, safety. At times it can feel like it will never end. How can we provide for what they need and be assured that they will grow up and become independent? Come explore how independence and dependence are not an either or question but are situationally specific questions.

July 11 No More Yelling:  

nobody wants to be the screaming parent yet most of us end up there at one time or another. Come join us to learn how to put more knots into your rope so you’re not hanging on by a thread. We’ll teach alternative’s to yelling and help you explore ways to be the effective parent you want to be.

August 8 Power Struggles:  

We all have them with our children, even when we work hard to avoid them. Join the conversation about when power struggles show up at your house and strategies to avoid some of them and cope with the inevitable ones.


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


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