Family Nurturing Programs are designed for parents and children together to build their nurturing skills and understanding of healthy development, appropriate expectations, and discipline with dignity. Parents meet in a Parent Group, and children meet in their own age-specific groups, with everyone gathering for a meal and Family Nurturing Time, including games, songs, and other fun activities.
Particular focus is placed on learning to own and find words to express feelings and to control anger. Parents and children are asked to create family rules, develop communication skills, and support one another in this effort and also spend more time having fun together. Older children learn the value of negotiation and compromise and to make good social choices as they achieve greater autonomy and independence. Both parents and children are supported in developing their own sense of self-worth and in recognizing the importance of creating a nurturing environment.
Childcare is offered for the youngest members, and transportation is available for families who need it. Programs require registration in advance and a commitment to attend for the entire program.
FNC’s Training Team has trained and mentored staff from agencies in other communities to spread Nurturing Programs across Boston and Massachusetts. To find Nurturing Programs offered by FNC or our partners, please refer to our Nurturing Program & Training Calendar. Programs typically run for 15 weeks in either a fall or spring session.