Separation is Difficult… Especially for Children

Meet Sarah and her 6 y.o. twins… two bright, precocious boys. After she and their father divorced three months ago, the twins started having serious behavorial problems at school… withdrawing from teachers, difficulty paying attention, and even acting out aggressively with friends.   As parents who divorced amicably, Sarah and her ex were surpised. The boys remain close to their dad …

Loving Parents Can Still Struggle

Wouldn’t it be great if children arrived in our lives with instruction manuals? Then, well-intentioned parents would know just how to rear healthy, thriving children. Instead, parents often struggle. That’s why The Family Center offers parenting classes and in-home coaching to help parents like Anne succeed. “I am trying to be a good parent, but I feel like something is …

Clean and Sober: A Child’s Wish

Diane wasn’t aware that a sixth of Tennessee’s population has suffered from misusing or abusing painkiller prescriptions. She didn’t know that opioid overdoses claimed the lives of nearly 1,500 Tennesseans last year. She was unconcerned with these disturbing statistics — until she realized she was part of the problem. Diane’s breakthrough moment came when she asked her 13-year old what …

Divorced parent’s guide to handling the holidays

Marketers tell us the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but that feeling is often lost on divorced families. The Family Center’s Sandra Brunelle, instructor for the Divorcing Parents Seminar, reminds that co-parenting calls for cooperation not competition. She offers these tips for drama-free parenting this holiday season. Consider the child’s perspective. Divorce is just a piece of …

Children: the other victims of domestic violence

Jamaica was good at hiding the truth. Her coworkers at a Nashville-based corporation didn’t know. Her neighbors never suspected. Even her friends weren’t aware because she hid the tell-tale signs of her husband’s escalating physical and emotional abuse so well. But she couldn’t hide the violence from her four children. They saw it all — their father’s angry outbursts, how …