Family Resource Center knows parenting isn’t easy and there are times when parenting feels hard – because it is hard! That’s why we’re here.
In a parenting class about children’s emotional development, Amber, a mom of a 2- and 5-year-old, described growing up with a dad who was emotionally unavailable.
“His face never changed. Feelings weren’t something we talked about. I remember when something happened to our dog, my dad told me not to worry about it, we would get a new dog. I was upset, I didn’t want a new dog.
I heard a lot of stop crying, you’re okay. Don’t get me wrong I love my dad, I just didn’t get much attention or empathy from him. I never realized how important it is to help kids with their feelings, I’ve learned a lot!”
Children that grow up emotionally neglected may not identify as being neglected especially when physical needs were met, but the lack of emotional support leaves them emotionally isolated and feeling invisible. They frequently suffer in silence, feel empty but don’t necessarily know what’s wrong, they often blame themselves.
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) do not need to be physically abusive or neglectful. Emotional neglect can have significant negative consequences and is often perceived as “normal” by those who have experienced it.
Relationships are our community’s most hidden and precious resource and it’s our mission to strengthen and support family relationships by equipping parents with the tools and support they need and deserve.
Last year, FRC served over 900 parents, creating a positive parenting impact for nearly 2,000 local children. Our $10,000 goal will enhance our reach to the families that need us most with resources like our early learning kits containing activities that reinforce the strategies parents learn while participating in our programs.