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HOME VISITING: Communicating as a team


Every day is a new learning experience for new parents. Family Support Specialist will provide parents with information, support, and encouragement needed to raise a child in a positive environment. The program gives families the confidence to raise a healthy and smart baby! Your individual Family Support Specialist will also be around to guide you through feeding times, teach you about safe sleep, or inform you about developmental milestones. They also help build stronger families and share how both parents can work together to create a positive family relationship for the baby!

The program offers parents support as they deal with the challenge of raising a baby. A newborn at home will bring changes to your normal routine. Your Family Support Specialist will teach you about creating a nurturing environment for raising a baby. This includes how both parents can work together to create a positive family relationship for baby. Here are some ideas on how you and your partner can work as a team:

  1. Support and appreciate each other – A newborn baby is a lot of work. Ask what you can do to help your partner.
  2. Plan together – You and your partner are on the same team! If the conflict is different parenting values, allow time to talk and set a goal on how you want to raise your child.
  3. Communicate– Your partner isn’t able to read your mind! Talk about what is working, what is not working, your fears, and your joys. Let your partner know what you are going through.

Family Support Specialists offer advice and guidance to parents dealing with parenting stress and family conflicts. High stress levels at home contribute to the link between young parents and child abuse. Childhood stress results in negative health outcomes later in life. Your Family Support Specialist will help to address barriers and offers solutions to enhance family strengths. They will help families set goals and offers resources to help them reach the goals. You can dial Help Me Grow 2-1-1 or text: 302-231-1464 to get connected with a Child Development Specialist to give your child an opportunity to thrive!

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