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How Your Support Helps

By supporting Families First, you provide parents with workshop series that teach them to communicate better with their kids, to discipline in positive ways, and to build kids’ self-esteem. Even in poverty, kids thrive when they can count on a nurturing parent.

Secure and nurturing parent-child relationships are the foundation of every child’s well-being and future success. When you invest in Families First, you help children by building the skills and confidence of their parents.

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Parenting Tips

Salem Mom and Daughter

Access hundreds of research-based, field-tested parenting tips.

  • Be honest: Praise your child for things deserving of recognition. Research suggests that children who are complimented enthusiastically for doing an easy task are more likely to think they are not capable of doing more.
  • Avoid extravagant praise: When you say, “You must be the smartest kid in the class,” your child may experience it as pressure to perform or may learn to become dependent on others' approval.
  • Spread the word: Let your child overhear you say something good about her to someone else. Sometimes children discount direct praise as embarrassing.




NeighborhoodWorks Works Cover

Families First was featured in the new book NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions for America’s Community Development Network! In the book, Frank Shea, CEO of Urban Edge, describes the benefits of our collaborative programming: “This innovative, multi-faceted, dual-generation approach holds great promise for enhancing the academic and life opportunities for the families we serve. The participating parents have emerged as leaders in the community, recruiting other participants and planning and implementing future programming.”

To find out more and order the book, click here.


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