Positive parenting practices play an essential role in children’s development and later life success. Research indicates that parents who are warm and affectionate, monitor children’s activities, and provide consistent discipline practices that offer children guidance without harsh punishment are related to positive outcomes for children including academic competence, high self-esteem, positive relations, and fewer child behavior problems. Positive parenting practices in times of stress such as financial hardship, divorce, or family illness-can often act as a buffer against such stressors and help build children’s coping and adjustment skills. In contrast, ineffective or dysfunctional parenting practices can lead to poor outcomes for children, including behavioral problems and diagnosed mental health conditions.
Family wellness programs offered in Bell County include: