Parenting Resources: The Nurturing Network

Mother and babyParenting is a tough world. Having responsibility for another human’s life is a great obligation, but it is one of the most rewarding gifts that can lead to immense personal growth. During the times when that obligation seems unmanageable, or even when it just seems like you need a little extra emotional support, there are groups that can help. The Nurturing Network, a program offered by the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS), provides help for parents and expectant parents that reside in Boone County.

Some of their possible referrals and services include:

  • Parenting skills
  • Efforts to promote responsible paternity
  • Job training and placement
  • Adoption assistance
  • Child care
  • Alternative housing
  • And more!

To learn more about The Nurturing Network visit the LFCS website, see the page on Facebook or contact a local representative by calling 573-815-9955. The local Mid-Missouri office is located in Columbia, at 401 West Boulevard North, Suite B.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library provides a listing of additional parenting resources here.

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Shhh! Stop Saying Libraries Are Dying!

Photo of scolding librarian

There are many, many things that I dearly love about working in a library, about providing children’s services and that absolutely thrill me about my decision to pursue my post-graduate education in library science. But people telling me…

“That’s what Google is for.”

“Nothing relevant is even in print form anymore; even books can be digital.”

“Once everyone owns a Kindle no one will even go to the library.”

“You chose, like, the Latin of professions.”

…are DEFINITELY NOT among those many, many things. (Don’t even get me started on, “You need a degree for that?”)

Because the truth is, libraries are not just giant warehouses full of musty, dated books, just like librarians are not brittle, grumpy ladies who wear ugly cardigans and cat-eye glasses on chains and shush you from on high through lipstick-stained teeth. (We are really more ChapStick people.) Continue reading

Lend & Learn Toy Libraries are Open Again!

Lend and Learn

Your wait is over! Lend & Learn Toy Library locations have been closed for the summer months and reopened their doors August 27th.

All Boone County parents with children ages birth to three years are invited to come explore educational toys, visit with the on-site Early Childhood Specialist, and browse resource materials on topics from learning activities to toilet training.

Families can enjoy a large, safe, inviting space to play with their children and visit with others. There’s an infant-toddler area that provides a protected play space for the youngest children and their parents. You can even check out  developmentally appropriate toys for your children for free. Continue reading

Cub Hub Provides Support for Student Parents


School is back in full swing, and it feels like our to-do lists are taking over the world. If you are both a student and a parent, your workload is growing exponentially. Don’t pull out your hair; Cub Hub to the rescue!

Cub Hub is a collaborative project of ParentLink, the Student Parent Center and the Association of Parenting Students. This service allows parents to dig into their school work while their children enjoy educational playtime. Parents focus on their work in a study space equipped with computers and WiFi knowing their children are nearby and supervised by Service Learning StudentsContinue reading

Support Preschoolers’ Social and Emotional Health

Raising socially and emotionally healthy children can be frustrating. There are times when your child is throwing a tantrum—a loud, embarrassing, scream fest of a tantrum—and you want to throw in the towel. Every parent has been there, red-faced, trying to pry a toy out of your two-year-old hoarder’s hands, or asking the boss to leave early because a child has bitten a classmate. You can’t just quit this whole parenting gig, and you really want to do what’s best to help your child grow into a kind and compassionate adult. But what the heck are you supposed to do? Your mother will have one opinion, your neighbor another.

Luckily, you can turn to the professionals. The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning has prepared practical materials for parents of preschoolers on hot topics like these. Continue reading