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Tip of the Week

Plant the Seeds of Being a Better Parent

Even in these challenging times, spring is a time for new beginnings, so why not step back and think about what you want to achieve as a parent.

What’s the long-term goal? For us at, it’s all about learning how to be an effective parent raising a child who will grow to be a strong, independent adult who is able to get up, be happy, and continue to work toward success after something difficult or bad has happened. A big part of this is learning parenting skills that encourage this thriving while establishing a loving, supportive and safe home where children can try, fail and try again, learning from mistakes and celebrating success. When children are very young we have to pick them up when they fall down, but as they grow and mature, we have to learn to stay on the sidelines, supporting and coaching them in age appropriate ways but trusting your own judgement about giving them the space to explore and take risks for themselves safely. 

Now more than ever, make the time to sharpen your parenting skills and to focus on what your child needs right now. Planting these seeds will help all of your family members to be more resilient going forward.

Supporting Parents of Essex County, NJ is a website sponsored by the COPE Center that offers Essex County, NJ families a comprehensive source of information about events, programs, and resources. Focusing on local resources, we are families’ first stop to find up-to-date parenting advice, the go-to website to find parenting works and programs that parents need to navigate the challenges of twenty-first century parents in a world where we are bombarded with information. You can have confidence that the Supporting Parents of Essex County, NJ website will lead you to information that helps you make the most of family life.