Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

Parenting Education Programs - Parenting Tips and Resources


Department of Family Services Parenting 101 vide graphicParenting 101 Video

Check out our video series Parenting 101. Parenting Education Programs' Natalie Bailey answers your most pressing frequently asked parenting questions about discipline, self-care, family routines and more! Catch-up on all of the Parenting 101 videos.


parent holding child learning to walkTips for Building Resilience

Getting up and trying again after failing is an act of courage, and children demonstrate this from an early age. How can parents encourage this spirit of resiliency and help it to blossom in their children?

The Parenting Education Programs’ staff has some suggestions.

Learn more parenting tips like these and register for one of our virtual classes at BuildingStrongerFamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov or call us at 703-324-7720.


toddler riding wooden toy and mom sitting and clapping handsBuild Up Your Child’s Self-Esteem through Praise

Praising children is one of the ways that parents can build up a child’s self-esteem and self-worth. Having a strong, positive sense of self is important for a child’s development. Check out these suggestions from our Parenting Education Programs’ staff for how to impact your child’s behavior through praise.Get more parenting tips like these by registering for one of our virtual classes at BuildingStrongerFamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov or call us at 703-324-7720.


father dancing with two children in living roomConnect with Your Children: Ideas for Quick and Fun Family Activities

Now more than ever, as students begin to transition back to school, it's important for families to carve out positive ways to connect with each other. And it’s easier than you think to find 5-10 minutes a day for a quick activity to share with your child. Check out suggestions from our Parenting Education Programs’ staff.


parent and childRoutines Families Can Use Throughout the School Year

Maintaining healthy routines for kids throughout the school year can sometimes be challenging due to sports, clubs, lessons and other great activities that stretch the demands on family time. Check out the Parenting Education Programs’ Back to School Routines series for some tips to help keep things running smoothly. Learn more.


mother father holding toddler outsideDo you know how to speak your child’s love language?

Learning to express their love language can be positive for your relationship, bringing you closer to each other. The Parenting Education Programs staff suggests five ways to show your children how much they mean to you. Learn more.


parent and child doing activity in kitchenParent Café Provides Community of Support

Virtual Parent Cafés are a great way for parents to learn from each other as they grow in their parenting skills. All Parent Cafés are open to Fairfax County parents or guardians with children ages 0-18 years old. Join us on Mondays 7:45-9:15 p.m. for English speakers and Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m. for Spanish-speaking families. Please email or call us at 703-324-7720 to register at least one business day before the Parent Café. Learn more about how Virtual Parent Cafés provide a community of support to parents.


child covering earsHas COVID-19 Put Children at Risk in Their Own Homes? 

In the midst of this outbreak of COVID-19, many families find themselves facing many of the risk factors for child abuse and neglect: parental stress, economic instability, food insecurity, lack of adequate child care, and lack of normal routines. Children may express anxiety by being clingy, and underlying behavioral issues are sure to surface. Parents who are unaccustomed to providing round-the-clock care for their children are likely to have their patience tested. Here are some additional resources that can help families manage their stress, cope with the crisis and understand how to support their children through the outbreak of COVID-19.


Andre and Heather family photoGiving Parents the Right Tools: African American Parenting Classes and Dads Parenting Groups

“The parenting classes offered through Fairfax County have been a life saver for our family. Looking back at where we were before and how far we have come as a family, is like night and day. These classes helped save our family and our marriage,” said Heather.

Learn more about their story and how to register for classes.


two children playing on grassIs Your Child Ready to be Home Alone?

Right now, many local parents are planning how their children will spend their time while schools are closed for an extended period. For parents of school-age children and teens, the inevitable question comes up, “Is my child ready to be left alone?” Learn more.


studio microphoneSpanish Radio Program "La Voz del Condado de Fairfax" Talks About New Virtual Spanish Language Parent Café

Mario Prada and Raiza Barraza, social services specialists with our Parenting Education Programs, talked with Fairfax County's weekly Spanish radio program,"La Voz del Condado de Fairfax" host Heber Velasque about DFS' new Virtual Spanish Language Parent Café that helps families build a community of support. Check it out.


hand weights, shoes, exercise ballNurture Yourself in the New Year

At the beginning of the new year, it seems like everyone is making resolutions to be timelier, exercise more, eat better, and get more sleep. As a parent, self-care efforts can fall short because so much time and energy go into work and family. Check out Parenting Education Programs’ helpful self-care tips. Learn more.


Podcast - County Conversation - Dads and Parenting

DFS staff, Marcus Garr of the Parenting Education Programs and Bennie Herron of the Father Engagement Program made a joint appearance on the Wednesday, June 5, 2019 County Conversation podcast with host Jim Person to talk about dads! Listen to their conversation to learn how each program’s classes and other services help dads to embrace their role in the family and parent with confidence! Tune in to the interview through the SoundCloud podcast.

 


Spanish-Language Radio Program - WUST “La Voz del Condado de Fairfax”

On Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019, staff from the Parenting Education Programs were guests on WUST’s Spanish-language program 1120 AM “La Voz del Condado de Fairfax” discussing Child Abuse Prevention Month and services offered by Fairfax County to support families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Tune in to the interview through the YouTube video or SoundCloud podcast.


Relevant and Helpful Topics for Fathers

Fathers, like mothers, play a significant role in their children’s psychological and emotional development. Positive father involvement contributes directly to children’s well-being, safety and stability. Through each Pocket Dad Video, our Father Engagement team members talk about relevant and helpful topics. Learn more.


County Conversation Podcast Jim Person and Natalie BaileyPodcast - County Conversation - Free Parenting Classes

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, County Conversation host Jim Person talked with Natalie Bailey, a Social Service Specialist with the Department of Family Services. Listen to their conversation to learn about free parenting classes offered by the county! Learn more.

Check out our parenting education classes for more helpful information like this.

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