The Family Support Project
Raising children is an important, yet difficult job. The friendly, non-judgmental staff in the Family Support Project understand this and provide a variety of free and confidential services for the whole family.
To speak with someone about the stresses of parenting or to learn more about the Family Support Project of The Women’s Center, please call 262-547-4600 during business hours. After hours, you may also call our 24-hour confidential hotline at 262-542-3828 or toll free at 888-542-3828.
Individual and Family Counseling
The Women’s Center offers short-term individual and family counseling free of charge. Counseling is available for single parents and large families. Our counseling sessions cover a variety of family issues including stress and anger management, child development, positive parenting skills and enhancement of healthy family relationships.
Support groups are open to people who want to share their experience with others who are in a similar situation. The family counselor facilitates the groups but topics are driven largely by the participants in the group. We offer free onsite childcare during the groups. Please call to arrange childcare before your group.
Parenting classes provide the support and information parents need to successfully manage the responsibility of raising healthy and happy children. Classes address a variety of issues and ages of children. Classes range from 3 weeks to 8 weeks depending on the topic. Parenting classes are offered free of charge and there is free onsite childcare available. Click to view classes.
Keeping Your Cool with Your Kids
- Know your limits. Accept what you can’t change…for now.
- Ease your tension. Take a walk, listen to music, splash cold water on your face.
- Encourage your children’s positive qualities and constructive behavior.
- Phone a friend. It helps to share your concerns and talk things out.
- Your example helps your children learn to handle anger. Be a good role model.
- Opt for the counting cure if needed. Count to 10 or even 100.
- Use your kitchen timer for “time out” before disciplining.
- Remember that everyone slips up at times, including your children.
- Count your blessings; these include the children you love.
- Organize time away from your children so you can enjoy your times together.
- Out of ideas? Consider parenting classes or professional counseling.
- Learn which “cool down” methods work best for you and use them.