Welcome to Parenting Sweet!

Parenting Sweet is a resource for parents and caregivers, featuring all the great opportunities in our region that make parenting sweet!

This issue features a new year with new things to try!

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Bristol’s Promise Making Parenting Sweet

We have tips, information, practices, and parenting classes, sessions, workshops, support groups, seasoned educators, and friendships that can help lighten some of your load and make parenting easier.

Wish you had an extra hand? A little help? A hack that makes things a little easier? Wondering if doing something different would help?

Check out the Parenting Educator Network opportunities below in the January 2022 Highlights.

New Year’s Eve Ideas!

  • Play board games together
  • Make a vision board
  • Make a charcuterie board
  • Zoom or Facetime with family
  • Give each family member a fresh journal to write or draw in for the year
  • Write letters to your future selves and open them next New Year’s Eve
  • Prep your New Year’s Day menu of black-eyed peas, sauerkraut, greens, and ribs, or your traditional foods.

  • Hang a 2022 calendar and brainstorm activities together for the year
  • Make final year-end online donations to your favorite charities
  • Watch the Times Square ball drop
  • Watch a family movie
  • Share your resolutions with each other
  • Sing “Auld Lang Syne” and learn about it
  • Wish each other Happy New Year!

Poll – Your Take on New Year’s Resolutions?

Previous Poll – Christmas Music: When should it start?
Winner: Only the Twelve Days of Christmas; before that only advent songs

Parenting Sweet helps us keep our five promises of caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education, and opportunities to serve.

January 2022 Parenting Class Highlights!

See Bristol’s Promise for details, flyers, and more events and classes

Steele Creek Park is a regional park encompassing more than 2,200 acres. The park’s main entrance is located at 4 Little Lane. The park was originally planned as a state park (Watauga) dating back prior to 1936.

Steele Creek Park

  • Sign up for a class together
  • Go to the park
  • Start family meetings
  • Revamp the chore routine
  • Plan a family trip
  • Sort and take items to donate
  • Visit a museum
  • Plan a menu and cook a meal together
  • Go on a hike
  • Volunteer together
  • Have a family dance party


Read all the exciting updates happening at the YMCA!

“The Y believes that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in youth, our families, and our communities. The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities.” Visit the “Y” today!



Thursday, November 11, 2021 – Sunday, January 9, 2022

The Ice Rink at Bristol Motor Speedway is the Regions Best and Longest standing Ice Skating Rink. Come on out for some family fun.

Break the Tension at Hands On!
January 2022

Join Hands On! as we learn all about the seemingly “magical” bond of water molecules and discover the properties of surface tension.  Try out the Penny Drop, Swimming Fish, Magic Handkerchief, and Rainbow Milk experiments. Discovery Lab programs announced periodically throughout each day.

Bristol Sportsplex

Pickleball – Gym – Tennis – Soccer
“The Bristol Sportsplex makes it easy to be healthy and have fun, with no membership required. Enjoy four indoor tennis courts, four indoor pickleball courts, indoor soccer field, full fitness gym, salt room, infrared sauna, massage room, four outdoor clay courts, and two hard outdoor courts.” Family memberships available!

Want to be a Better Parent?
Use the Do-Over!

“Cancer made me mad. Traveling on an empty stomach made me mad. Worrying about Pedro’s health and how to pay for everything made me mad. I glanced back to see if the girls still followed me. They did. Tearfully.

Not my finest parenting moment. I had ruined a joyous occasion…”

Read on

Parenting Regrets? It’s Not Too Late to Make a Change.

“You can’t believe the things I’ve done – I’ve yelled, spanked, even swore at my kids – I’ll never be able to change.”

“Sometimes, our own thinking keeps us trapped.

“We start to believe that there is no hope for us. No room for change. No way to make things better.

“But here’s the thing…”

Read on

Free Weekly Online Parenting Classes – Join Us!

Parenting Classes – for all parents.

Let us help you with tips, information, support, resources, and more!

Sign up now to register for Attached at the Heart Parenting Program Online classes.

Classes are free of charge:

Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm online
Friday mornings at 10:30 am online.

Attend anytime – Classes on every topic

And join our parent “playgroup” at 9:00 pm on Thursdays to talk about parenting challenges and joys.

Attend anytime! Questions? Email

Prime your parenting!

Attached at the Heart Parenting Online classes serve parents and caregivers of children from prenatal through 5 years of age.

The Gift of Flawed Parenting

Listen in as API Nurturings Co-Founders Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker talk with Lu Hanessian about using our mistakes, conflicts and fears to raise our kids.

Click to listen now free of charge – The Gift of Flawed Parenting

* Are you enjoying the ride with your children…or feeling burdened by vicious circles, self-doubt and guilt?
* Do you feel regretful of your reactions and exasperated by the dynamics with your child?
* Do you wonder if you’re messing up with your kids?

Learn how:

  • Our “flaws” are actually pathways to raising resilient, secure, connected kids
  • Without an awareness of how our story drives our fears, our kids re-enact it
  • Without self-understanding and empathy, parents then tend to manage rather than engage, control rather than connect, in a chronic practice of “defensive parenting”
  • We can turn our old wounds to new wisdom and teach our children resilience
  • We can use the gift of our anger, fear, doubt, chaos, anxiety, struggles, and conflicts to “heal” our inner conflicts both in brains, minds and relationships
  • Understanding the brain science of attachment can give us our roadmap for reconnection even if we came from a painful past with insecure attachments
  • We can create or “earn” a secure attachment so we can offer this to our kids

Attachment-based classes like Attached at the Heart Parenting Program and Mom Power address the foundations of parenting related to children of any age, as well as our own parented experience. Let us know if you’d like to learn more.

Bristol’s Promise
Parenting Education Network Programs

Find a program that fits your needs! Click to search for free or low cost, morning or evening, online or in-person, first-time or veteran parent/caregiver, and more!

Looking for information or support?
Visit to learn more about:

The Parenting Education Network, Bristol Family Resource Center, YWCA MOMS R US, Mom Power, Hope House, Frontier Health, Highlands Community Services, Breastfeeding Essentials, La Leche League Breastfeeding Support, Cherished Mom, Attached at the Heart Classes, Twin City Reads, Buckle Up for Life, Doula by Donation, Sullivan County Family Services, High Country Doulas, ETSU Family Physicians, Bethany Services, TriCities Babywearing TN, and more.

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Parenting Sweet Team: Danielle Booher, Katherine Wilson-Thompson, Margaret Feierabend, Emily Macbeth, and Samantha Gray.

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