Parenting to teach healthy emotional bonding as a life skill

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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Jennifer Rodriguez (Photo: courtesy)

An educator, blogger and children’s book author, Jennifer Rodriguez, founded Salice Family Services, a non-profit dedicated to help children and families deal with adversity through understanding how to manage stress and build healthy emotional bonds.

Rodriguez escaped a violent marriage with her two young daughters and she understands all too well what it means to be abused and a single parent. Today she lives in Orangevale with her daughters and fiancé Jason Torrey (featured in Watch D.O.G.S.).

“After leaving my ex-husband who was physically and emotionally abusive, I questioned myself every day,” Rodriguez said. “And then I met my fiancé, Jason, who encouraged me and I regained my confidence.”

As Rodriguez began the process of recovering her life and raising her daughters with visitations to their father, she contemplated how she could have become entangled in such an abusive relationship. “I came from a wonderful home,” she said. “My parents did not have marital problems. I didn’t have experience with domestic issues. It never occurred to me that I could be attracted to an abusive person. I missed all the warning signs.”

So Rodriguez was determined to teach her daughters how to recognize controlling behavior in themselves and in others, and develop healthy relationships. This instruction was critical not only for her daughters future, but for their security and well being during their visitations with their father.

Healthy emotional bonding is a life skill

“Understanding what it means to create healthy emotional bonds with others in your family and in your friend network is such an important life skill today,” Rodriguez said. “With texting and social media, it is easy to have lots of connections, but no real relationships. By encouraging children to develop healthy social skills, avoid bullying or unhealthy relationships, and forming high quality and lasting bonds with friends and family, the negative effects of stress will decrease and allow for healthier brain development and learning strategies—and improved overall health in the future.”

Salice offers a Parenting Education Program which consists of eight classes; each class is an hour and a half.  Topics discussed include managing stress-outs and tantrums, establishing appropriate boundaries, building trusting relationships, and creating family values and beliefs.

To access the parent education programs go to: Salice Family Parent Education

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Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.