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Mothers, Babies & Toddlers©

January 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 18, 2021


Mothers, Babies & Toddlers©
(6 sessions) Thursdays 6-7:30pm
January 14 – February 18, 2021
RSVP: tinyurl.com/mothersandbabies

A Family Connection Parenting Educator will send you an email with more information, such as a welcome email reminder, an online access code / link, weekly topics and can answer any questions you may have.

The Family Connection parenting programs are free to any southern Oregon family who wants to participate. Feel free to share this free resource with a friend.

Where is the advertising for these programs? On The Family Connection’s Facebook and “Families-Parents” pages.
Who can attend? ANYONE.
Do parents/grandparents have to attend the whole program or can they tune in for a weekly topic? Weekly topics will be advertised. ANYONE can attend any weekly topic.

This parenting program is based on principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and attachment theory. A basic way of defining CBT is that it attempts to change a person’s cognitions (thoughts) and behaviors to improve their mood. A basic way of defining attachment theory is that the quality of the relationship a child forms with his/her primary caregiver (usually the mother) during infancy has a sustained effect on that child’s social and behavioral development.

The three main components of CBT are:
1. Pleasant Activities
2. Thoughts
3. Contact with others

This parenting program is, therefore, divided into three sections—one dedicated to each CBT component. In each section, participants are first taught how their mood is influenced by pleasant activities, thoughts, or contact with others. Teaching about the relationships between CBT components and mood is referred to as psychoeducation. In addition to psychoeducation, participants also receive concrete skills in each of the three sections (pleasant activities, thoughts, contact with others). These skills are intended to provide participants with a “toolkit” of approaches they can use to improve their mood. It is important to emphasize that the women in the program will learn healthy, positive ways to think about and interact with their babies so that they can help their babies develop in an emotionally and physically healthy manner.

One of the program goals is to prevent serious depression. However, never feeling down or depressed is not a realistic goal. It is as normal to have a sad reaction to a negative event as it is to feel pain when we hit our hand on something. The goal of the program is to reduce 1)
the frequency, 2) the duration, and 3) the intensity of depressed moods, that is “How often we get depressed,” “How long our depressed moods last,” and “How deeply our depressed mood hurts us.” Briefly, our inner reality refers to the thoughts that we have, which
are not observable. Our outer reality refers to the behaviors that we engage in (whether alone, as in the case of some pleasant activities) or with others (as in the case of contacts with others). It is important to help participants know that both our inner and outer realities can affect our emotions or mood. Part of this program will be to help participants manage their mood—by changing their inner reality (have more helpful thoughts, decrease harmful thoughts) and/or outer reality (have more pleasant activities, improved contacts with others).

Elements of attachment theory are also integrated into this parenting program. Throughout the curriculum there is an emphasis on highlighting how parents can develop and strengthen a positive and affectionate bond with their baby. The curriculum does this by making connections between the CBT components and the development of positive and affectionate bonding between mother and infant or toddler.

More information: Diana Bennington | dbennington@socfc.org | 541-734-5150 x1050 (the TFC office is inside of Head Start, the message will be an automated Head Start message)

Eligible for 9 Parenting Education hours (1.5 x 6)

For Spanish-speaking families:
Inscríbase en un programa para padres que se imparte en español 


January 14
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Diana Bennington


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