WILLISTON, N.D. - Parenting can be challenging, and sometimes a little expert advice can make all the difference.
The North Dakota Department of Human Services and North Dakota State University Extension are offering a program to help parents with kids in infancy to age 12 in nine North Dakota communities, including Williston.
The ND DOH says the Nurturing Parenting Program is evidence based, and helps parents develop positive, empathetic and nurturing attitudes and behaviors that develop healthier, stronger family relationships.
Program Coordinator Amy Tichy says this program is meant for families facing more in-depth problems than just one or two behavior issues, and through the course of the program, they see changes.
"Often times, I think our families are so busy that we don't take the time to play with our children. So probably one of my favorite parts of the night is family nurturing time, we call it, where we have some activity where the parents and children do something together, whether its arts and crafts, or a game. The children's faces light up and you can see the parents just visibly relax and just really enjoy that together time," Tichy said.
The Nurturing Parenting Program fall session in Williston starts in October. It is free and dinner and childcare are provided. Preregistration is required. For more information, you can go online to www.ndnurturing.org