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 summer camp opportunities, as well as a brand new grandparent workshop, children’s consignment events, don’t-miss events, motivational mom tips, science programs, and much more!

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 March 2022 Highlights.

Poll:  Will you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

Previous Poll on Making Valentine’s – Construction paper, doilies, glue, and glitter – cards from scratch

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

Coming Soon: 
Grandparent Workshop Series

Just for Grandparents!

Bristol’s Promise will be offering a workshop series just for grandparents of children ages birth to five! Why? We love our grandparents! Whether you are “sharing the care” or a custodial grandparent, we recognize the vital importance of grandparents.

Did you know? In the U.S., one out of four children under age 5 is cared for by a grandparent while parents work or go to school and 1.6 million children are being raised by grandparents (US Census Bureau, Zero to Three).

We want to offer you the opportunity to build a strong social support network, sharing joys and challenges, as well as gaining and sharing knowledge. You can look forward to topics such as: challenging behavior, mealtimes and picky eating, early learning, sleep, generational relationships, and more!

Stay tuned to find out more! If you or someone you know may be interested in learning more about this program, please submit your information here. Questions? Email Danielle Booher ( Thank you!

Click to learn more!

Is your child signed up for Imagination Library?All children who are residents of Sullivan County from birth to age five can be registered for this program. Once registered, each child then receives a free, age-appropriate book in the mail every month – sixty books in all if signed up at birth. Every child will have books of their very own, at no cost to them. Click here to register.

Not in Sullivan County? Find your Imagination Library Program here.


Have a child in high school interested in a future healthcare career?

Healthcare Career Camps: Rising High School Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors

Spaces are limited and fill up quickly!

Saturday, April 23, 2022

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Our 6th annual cloth/natural parenting event is a great way to stock up on affordable cloth diapers, inserts, and baby carriers!
(some vendors may take cards)

  • Make chocolate chip cookies together
  • Snuggle up on the couch and watch a Disney movie
  • Practice “Mommy & Me” yoga at home
  • Disconnect from screens for a while and take a walk around the neighborhood
  • Go to the park
  • Paint each others nails
  • Plan a family trip
  • Sort and take items to donate
  • Go to a show
  • Prepare dinner together
  • Go on a hike
  • Volunteer together
  • Have an impromptu family dance party
  • Pull out a board game

5-year-old’s advice to mom is the motivation we all need

Bristol, Virginia
Now playing or coming soon:
Sing 2
Spider-Man No Way Home
Ghostbusters Afterlife
March 6: Swan Lake
Have a family-friendly opportunity to submit? Email details to

Benefits of Sending Your Child to Summer Camp
  • Learn new skills and valuable life skills

  • Develop their social and emotional development and build resilience

  • Improve their communication skills

  • Promotes independence 

  • Meet new positive role models

  • Unplug from technology

  • Plenty of time for play and outdoor adventures

  • Gain an appreciation for the environment, nature, and physical activity

  • Make new (and different) friends

Magnificent Magnets Eastman Discovery Lab Program

Join Hands On! May the magnetic force be with you!  Discover the magnetic properties of breakfast cereal, design your own magnetic maze, test out various objects for magnetism, and play with magnetic gadgets and games.  The Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. 

Free Weekly Online Parenting Topics – 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. Free!
Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm online
Friday mornings at 10:30 am online.

Attend anytime – Classes on every topic

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

Attend anytime! Questions? Email

YMCA Lifeguard Certification Class

The YMCA lifeguard class is designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge needed for an entry-level lifeguard position. Participants learn the basic skills and knowledge lifeguards need in pool, lake, river, surf, and waterpark environments. The course covers safety and rescue skills every lifeguard needs to know including accident prevention, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, weather and open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool management, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard.

Location: YMCA of Bristol
Ages: 16+

For more Information Contact:
Suzanne Wantland

Bristol Public Library
Top Five Checked Out Children’s Books:

  1. A Loud Winter’s Nap / Hudson, Katy
  2. Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas / Pilkey, Dav
  3. Dog Man / Pilkey, Dav
  4. How to Catch a Snowman / Wallace, Adam
  5. Mermaids / London, Martha

Join us for Zoom Story Time! Tuesdays @ 11 AM

The Zoom link is posted on the BPL Children’s Facebook page one hour before the program starts. 

March 2022 Parenting Class Highlights!

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

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, Sullivan County Health Department, STRONG Pregnancies, STRONG Starts, and more.

Parenting Sweet works to help make parenting sweet! Parents get connected to support and information because learning about parenting and getting support does make a difference.

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If you know a parent, caregiver, grandparent, or anyone who cares about children, share the sign-up link with them and help them find all that’s great for children and families in our community.

Past issues and all the events are available anytime on the Blog.

Support for this program is provided by Ballad Population Health Community Health Initiative and Bristol Public Housing.

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

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