Becoming a parent can be joyous and stressful, and the Fleet & Family Support Center has New Parent Support (NPS) representatives ready to assist you in your new role as a parent. Whether you are a brand new parent or have children already, FFSC has something for you. FFSC staff give classes on parenting as well as have an in-home program to assist you at every level.
New Parent Support
Becoming a new parent is a time for excitement and joy as well as anxiety that can raise many questions and concerns. New Parent Support Home Visitation Program is a no-cost, voluntary program for military families who are expecting or have children under the age of three.
By utilizing the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum, we offer home visits that focus on the needs of infants and young children as well as prenatal health, nutrition, and breastfeeding. Our goal is to empower our families to meet the challenges of parenthood along with the unique obstacles of a military lifestyle. Raising a family in the military is not easy with added costs, moves, deployments, separation, and missing the support of family and friends back home. If you are feeling anxious, this is normal and you are NOT alone. New Parent Support Professionals are available to assist you.
Home visits will be guided by family needs. Expect fun and laughter! This is not a home inspection or the white glove test. If you already have children, your home visitor will probably show up with games, toys, or activities and spend a fair amount of time on the floor with you and your kids. If you are pregnant, the visit will focus on prenatal information from the first trimester to the birth including early infant care, available resources, and additional classes for preparing for your baby’s arrival.
After the birth of your child a few things you will learn include:
- Bonding with your baby
- PURPLE Crying
- Safe Sleep practices
- Developmental Milestones
- Age-appropriate developmental play
- Positive Discipline
- Infant Massage
- Breast Feeding Techniques
If you would like to learn more or set up a meet-and-greet appointment please contact Fleet & Family New Parent Support Home Visitation Program at 360-257-6289 or 886-854-0638.
Learn how to help children develop self-discipline, responsibility, problem-solving skills, and self-esteem. This course is designed for parents with children of all ages and helps parents learn specific techniques to avoid hassles such as fighting, eating, chores, motivation, homework, and sharing. The class introduces discipline techniques and ideas that enhance children's self-esteem and promotes better relationships between parents and children. It also includes topics on communication, building structure, sibling fighting, and limit setting. This class is taught in a fun and open way.