What is Neglect?


Emotional Neglect is a parent’s failure to act.  In some ways it is the opposite of mistreatment and abuse.   It’s a failure to notice, attend to, or respond appropriately to a child’s feelings.  Emotional neglect is one of the 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences. Because it’s mostly silent and invisible, childhood emotional neglect is largely an overlooked phenomenon in mental … Continue reading What is Neglect?

Escaping Abuse: Lala’s Story


Her mom was 16 when Lala was born…life was chaotic with a young, single mom always on the move. “We never lived in one place for more than a few months… never had roots anywhere”. Life for Lala was… “violent, stressful, hopeless”. Now she’s an adult, a mom to two boys, and recovering from an … Continue reading Escaping Abuse: Lala’s Story

Neglect Passed On: Anne’s Story


Wouldn’t it be great if children arrived in our lives with instruction manuals? Then, well-intentioned parents would know just how to rear thriving children. Instead, parents often struggle. That’s why The Family Center offers parenting classes and in-home coaching to help parents like Anne succeed. “I’m a good parent, but I feel like something is … Continue reading Neglect Passed On: Anne’s Story

Clean & Sober: A Child Wish


Diane wasn’t aware that a sixth of Tennessee’s population has suffered from misusing or abusing painkiller prescriptions. She didn’t know that opioid overdoses claimed the lives of nearly 1,500 Tennesseans last year. She was unconcerned with these disturbing statistics — until she realized she was part of the problem. Diane’s breakthrough moment came when she … Continue reading Clean & Sober: A Child Wish

Holiday Handbook for Co-Parents


Marketers tell us the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but that feeling is often lost on divorced families. The Family Center’s Sandra Brunelle, instructor for the Divorcing Parents Seminar, reminds that co-parenting calls for cooperation not competition. She offers these tips for drama-free parenting this holiday season. Consider the child’s perspective. Divorce … Continue reading Holiday Handbook for Co-Parents