Nominations sought for Unsung Heroes

CONCORD – Parenting isn’t easy, and the New Hampshire Children’s Trust wants to recognize Granite State parents who have done outstanding jobs.

The agency is seeking nominations for its Unsung Hero Awards, celebrating extraordinary parents and caregivers who go above and beyond for their children.

"We often hear about what parents are doing wrong," said Julie Day, Strengthening Families director at the New Hampshire Children’s Trust. "This is an opportunity to highlight all the amazing things that parents are doing."

The honorees incorporate the five "Protective Factors" into their daily lives to help be stronger caregivers. Children thrive in homes where these factors are practiced:

? Parental Resilience: I can overcome hard times and bounce back.

? Social Connections: I have people who know and support me.

? Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: I know where to go to find out about parenting skills and my child’s developmental growth.

? Concrete Support in Times of Need: I know where to turn to for help.

? Social and Emotional Competence of Children: I know how to help my children talk about their feelings.

Download a nomination form at Submissions are due by Wednesday, Jan. 6.