“Children grow and thrive in the context of close and dependable relationships that provide love and nurturance, security, responsive interaction, and encouragement for exploration. Without at least one such relationship, development is disrupted and the consequences can be severe and long-lasting. If provided or restored, however, a sensitive care-giving relationship can foster remarkable recovery” ~(National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, pg. 389).

Along with more than a decade of professional experience counseling and educating parents in his private practice, Mr. Cagan brings clients his personal experience of being a father of one son. A certified parenting instructor, Mr. Cagan specializes in helping divorced parents transition to parenting their children as single parents, while teaching them positive co-parenting techniques.

We all know that babies do not come with an “instruction manual.” As a result, parenthood is often wrought with feelings of confusion, frustration and bewilderment, even under the best of circumstances. In order to maximize their effectiveness in what may be considered the most difficult (at times) and rewarding of life’s experiences, parents often need the support of others.

Parent education enables mothers and fathers to provide appropriate nurturance and guidance to their children as they acquire a better understanding of child development and children’s needs. An effective parenting program focuses on an understanding of the relationship between parenting behaviors and age-appropriate infant, child and adolescent outcomes.

Mr. Cagan’s approach takes into consideration the specific ages of children and includes clear goals. Concentration is on critical periods to avoid problems (e.g. transition points, such as the first year of life, puberty, divorce, and step-family transformation). Parents are also provided with information for community, online and professional resources to access on-going support as their parenting needs take on different forms with the passage of time and their children’s evolving development.