I'm Sorry, Can We Try That Again?

I'm Sorry, Can We Try That Again?

January 27, 2016

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Mothers and fathers attend Family Center parenting classes to learn techniques that will help them raise happy, healthy children.  In the classes they will also take a look at adverse experiences that affected their own childhood.  Any parent can benefit from the research based curriculum in the classes, which are offered in two counties.

Neglect Affects Us All

Neglect Affects Us All

By Jennifer Drake-Croft, MSSW | October 27, 2015

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Science indicates it can be harder to recover from neglect than physical or sexual abuse. During the early years of life, children form 700 neuron connections per second, which means every second counts for brain building.

The brains of neglected children look different than those who come from nurturing homes. 

Tragedy Changes to Hope

Tragedy Changes to Hope

By Jennifer Drake-Croft, MSSW | October 27, 2015

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Two-year-old Jason doesn’t say many words, but he knows how to take care of himself better than most toddlers his age. He spends most of his day in front of the TV. His surroundings are filthy and there is little to eat.

From Chaos To Calm

From Chaos To Calm

August 26, 2015

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Living in a hotel room with three children ages 2-10, Maria felt completely out of control.  Her youngest son was screaming and clinging to her as her boyfriend yelled and stormed out the door...

An Inheritance You Don't Want

An Inheritance You Don't Want

August 25, 2015

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How would you feel if you knew that the worst experiences you remember from your childhood would be the legacy that you pass on to your children?

Often people parent how they were parented…

Live On The Green Lineup Announced

Live On The Green Lineup Announced

July 27, 2015

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Reserve your night and support The Family Center.

Through an exclusive partnership with Lightning 100, The Family Center has access to the private VIP area. Click to find out more. 

High ACEs Common in Vulnerable Parents

High ACEs Common in Vulnerable Parents

By Jennifer Drake-Croft, MSSW | July 22, 2015

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If there were a way to decrease rates of our leading diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke with one low cost approach, wouldn’t we invest in it?

What if this approach also substantially decreased incarceration, crime and substance abuse?

Improved Parenting Skills and Awareness Trump ACEs

Improved Parenting Skills and Awareness Trump ACEs

July 22, 2015

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As Joy dropped her 4-year old son Luke off at children’s class, she looked exhausted.  

“Luke has thrown three tantrums today,” Joy explained, as she began the second week of her Nurturing Home parenting class.  

Father's Day Has New Meaning

Father's Day Has New Meaning

June 14, 2015

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We met Anthony in our fatherhood parenting class at the jail. 

Anthony was born an unwanted child to a 19-year-old. On the day of his birth, Anthony needed what every other baby needs: Comfort, snuggles, smiles and engagement. Instead, he was ignored...

Is Child Abuse Affecting Tennessee's Workforce?

Is Child Abuse Affecting Tennessee's Workforce?

June 9, 2015

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A Tennessee study indicates at least 52 percent of the statewide adult population has at least one ACE, while 21 percent have three or more. ACE scores are shown to correlate with impaired worker performance, including higher absenteeism, poor work habits and financial problems.