The River Center names conference room for Bonnie Harris

  • Bonnie Harris at the conference room named in her honor at The River Center. COURTESY PHOTO

Published: 5/16/2022 11:05:12 AM

On May 5, the conference room in The River Center in Peterborough was dedicated as the Bonnie Harris Parent Room to acknowledge Bonnie Harris’ service and contributions to River Center programming and parent education in the Monadnock area and beyond. Staff members and board members were in attendance to celebrate her and her accomplishments. 

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.” stated Susan Knight, former executive director of The Family Center. 

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

“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,” she stated. “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.” 

A plaque with Harris’ name will oversee the center’s meeting area for professional development and parenting programs. 


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