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Nurturing Center to offer parenting sessions, teen group

By Lily Tarbet
Special to The SUN

The Nurturing Center will begin a new series of the Nurturing Parenting sessions beginning Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m.

This program is an evidence-based curriculum shared internationally to promote healthy and violence-free homes. Parents and their children of all ages are welcome to come share a meal and fun, thought-provoking activities in a safe and non-judgemental atmosphere.

Why would you want to participate in a parenting group?

Since children do not conveniently come with an instruction book and each child is unique, many questions arise. Often we parent as we were parented, which in most cases works well. But, we do carry generational traditions that can be healthy or not and exploring these habits, embracing what works and letting go of what could be causing disharmony in our family life, can be empowering for all.

The facilitators at the Nurturing Center have offered this program in our community for six years. The most common comments from our families have been the appreciation for the support from other parents and the non-judgemental acceptance from facilitators.

We have enjoyed families of all types, along with grandparents, single dads and divorced couples wanting to create a stable, nurturing atmosphere for their children in both homes.

Our children are offered the nurturing curriculum at their age level and the results with even the youngest children are amazing. We also offer a teen group, See It Stop It!, during the same hours, where our emerging adults explore how they can make a difference in our community and create a project towards that goal.

The program is generously funded by the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and donations from caring agencies in our community. There is no cost to families, except for a small donation for the book.

So, nurture yourself and your family. Join us for a meal, fun and support, while we all work together to make the world a more loving place, one family at a time.

Call the Nurturing Center, (970) 507-7093 to register. Check out the website at pagosanurturingcenter.org.

This story was posted on February 7, 2013.