Decades of attachment research forms the backbone of a free parenting class offered by Thrive. PHOTO COURTESY OF THRIVE

A healthy approach to parenting

Thrive offers a free class to strengthen parent-child relationships

The responsibilities of parents almost seem unimaginable. It is one of the most important jobs in the world and as is often pointed out, there is no instruction manual. For parents, advice, instincts and things learned in their own upbringing can make the path to good parenting seem like a maze. There is no doubt that stresses from quarantine and life challenges from the pandemic have impacted families the world over. Thrive, the local nonprofit dedicated to assisting children is helping parents learn a new way of approaching child rearing based on extensive attachment research. Thrive is offering a free online class using the Circle of Secure Parenting model that is based on helping children form healthy attachment.

“Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened,” according to the website.

Facilitators work with parents and care-givers to help them to:

• Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs

• Support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions

• Enhance the development of their child's self esteem

• Honor the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure

The six-week virtual series begins March 23. For more information and to register visit

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