Parenting is a complex responsibility that requires large amounts of emotional labor. It can be exciting, but stressful, and managing emotions can be difficult. The Thrive Initiative can help!
The online Thrive Initiative parenting programs are based on science and seek to strengthen positive parenting skills, teach parents strategies for managing stress in themselves and their children, and introduce foundational skills that promote healthy lifestyles.
Research shows that a strong bond with a caring adult is one of the most powerful positive influences in the development of a child. The Thrive Initiative can help you learn parenting skills that can strengthen your connection with your child and empower you to help him or her grow healthy and be happy!
All online Thrive programs can be accessed via the Thrive website. To sign up for a Thrive program, simply create a user name and password here. Entry into program training modules is immediate, free of charge, and available around the clock.
The available online Thrive Initiative programs are as follows:
Take Root: 0 to 3 years
Having a baby is exciting, yet parenting an infant can also be confusing and stressful. Take Root is a universal parenting program that contains three age tracks (i.e., Take Root 0 to 6 months, Take Root 6 to 12 months, and Take Root 1 to 3 years) and serves to support parents from pregnancy through the first 3 years of their child’s life.
Sprout: 3 to 5 years
Sprout is a universal parenting program that contains six unique every day scenarios and specifically targets the unique context of parenting children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. This developmental period comes with many parenting joys and challenges. Sprout is designed to support parents as they foster their preschool child’s development and resiliency.
Grow: 5 to 10 years
The Grow parenting program, a universal program designed to help parents of 5- to 10-year-olds, helps parents learn positive parenting techniques, stress management strategies, and health promotion skills that can be used to help children be happy and healthy. Grow online contains eight interactive sessions and includes parent resources and take-home skill practices.
Branch Out: 10 to 18 years
During adolescence, youth need their parents’ attention and support more than ever. With so many changes and transitions happening during adolescence, this phase of life is a time of excitement and anxiety―for youth and their parents. Branch Out is designed to support mothers and fathers in their parenting roles as they, in turn, nurture their child as he or she transitions from childhood to adulthood. Branch Out is currently in development and will be delivered in an online format.