The Family Center - News & Resources

SUMMER NEWS FROM TFC

CHANGING LIVES A Message from Nurturing Home… TFC recently launched a new program in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center (RCADC)  focused on increasing secure attachment between incarcerated moms and their children.  Our goal is to reduce current trauma for children and increase potential for successful parent/child bonding and relationships once parents are released. Research demonstrates this type of social …

The Family Center - News & Resources

Being a Dad Isn’t Always Easy

Being Dad to a strong willed, independent, and intelligent 4-year-old… characteristics which sometimes gets him in trouble at home and school… isn’t always easy, especially juggling shared custody and differing parenting styles.  Yet, the right knowledge and support can really change the game! Meet Aaron and Jett… Jett is a typical boy who loves the outdoors, he’s even found a …

The Family Center - News & Resources

Changing the Tune

Jennifer started over for the sake of her young son. Graham was abused as a child… his mission is to support prevention and early intervention so that no other child has to experience abuse.

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 …

Serve & Return: An Important Step in Brain Development

Akin, at 4, was acting out at school. He lost his temper, hitting teachers and his peers. Each time, the school sent him home. His parents, Beth and Steve were frustrated and angry. Punishing Akin had no effect. Why was their otherwise sweet boy behaving this way? They couldn’t take any more time off work and were at their wits’ …

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 …