Bonnie Harris was the founder of the former Parent Guidance Center before it became The Family Center in 2002 and then The River Center in 2010. She developed her own parenting curriculum, the Effective Parenting Workshop and she is the author of “When Your Kids Push Your Buttons” and “Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids”. She has received national and international exposure for her approach to parenting and was recognized in 2016 with the Family Support New Hampshire Kay Sidway Award for her work in the field of family support.
“Her impact has been wide and those people who have taken her classes, read her books, listened to her podcast, I can’t imagine the thousands of families she’s touched. It’s so remarkable. Her impact on the community has been profound.” says Susan Knight, former executive director of The Family Center.
Ms. Harris has recently decided to step back from offering regular programs at The River Center in order to spend more time with family, but she is continuing her private practice work in parent counseling and coaching as well as her weekly podcast, Tell Me About Your Kids. She also continues to write a monthly column on parenting topics in the Monadnock Ledger Transcript and in a blog at bonnieharris.com. As she leaves The River Center, she recently shared,
“My hopes are that The River Center will always continue to offer parent education, support, and guidance for pregnant mothers and going all the way to parents of teens. I hope my principles will continue and it remains and continues to grow as a really viable and known center, not just in the community, but in the surrounding area.”
The River Center is proud to name its conference room in honor of Ms. Harris, where a plaque with her name will oversee the center’s meeting area for professional development and parenting programs.
The River Center: A Family and Community Resource Center provides community connections, parenting support, free tax preparation and money coaching to strengthen individuals and families in the Eastern Monadnock Region. Funding comes from Monadnock United Way, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the generous contributions of individuals, businesses, and private foundations. We are located at 9 Vose Farm Rd., Suite 115, Peterborough. For more information please call 924-6800 or visit our website at www.rivercenternh.org