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

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

POWER PARENTING

Currently, 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 6:00-8:00pm. Based on the internationally acclaimed, Nurturing Parenting Program, each class is lead by a professional parent educator, topic varies. These fun and informative classes are open to all parents. Drop your kiddos ages 3+ 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. There is a $10 fee for children under 3 but you are welcome to bring them to class with your or ask for a about a scholarship when you call to register.

Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate staffing for childcare. To register please call the Hands on Children's Museum at 360-956-0818.  

Upcoming topics:

June 11, 2019 - Soothing Sibling Rivalry: Fairness and Needs 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.

July 9, 2019 - 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.

Aug 13, 2019 - Lying, Cheating, Honesty and Trust:  Why do children lie? Is lying ever developmentally appropriate? How can I insure honesty in my family?  Come explore the issues around lying and being lied to and setting a culture of trust in your family.

No class in September, 2019

Oct 8, 2019 - Co-Parenting: single parent, blended family, 2 households, foster, living with others: Many children have multiple caregivers from two parents to grandparents to childcare providers and step parents. It can be difficult navigating all the different parenting styles but clarifying goals can help build trust. Every combination of adults and children in a family brings its own special challenges. Get support for your family’s needs and the challenges your children face. No matter what the configuration of your family, teaching your child about differences helps develop empathy and understanding of others.

DROP-IN BREASTFEEDING GROUP

Every Thursday from 10:00am-12:00pm at 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!

This group is hosted in partnership with South Sound Breastfeeding Network. 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

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

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

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

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Groups

Every Monday from 1:00PM – 2:30PM at Family Support Center's Office.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn group is for parents and caregivers with children birth to 5 years of age. At this 1.5 hour playgroup session, you and your children will join a facilitator to engage, play, read, sing, and have snack together! This group is free and offers fun activities that help young children prepare for success in school and life. Activities include: music, arts and crafts, storytelling, block play, free books, and lots of playing!

This group is hosted in partnership with Child Care Action Council.  To pre-register and for more information about the Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Group, please contact Fran (fran@ccacwa.org) or call her 360-786-8907 x111.