What We Do

Families First provides parenting workshop series exclusively to clients of our partner organizations: schools, early education centers, and social service organizations around the Greater Boston and Brockton area. We target low-income parents, who have limited access to parenting resources.

Our workshops are affordable for organizations and free for the 1,700 parents we support each year. To help our school partners engage and support families, we provide our FUSE capacity-building services.

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Parenting Tips

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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.

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