Support for parents of babies and young children
Posted on March 31st, 2014 by Sara
As a mom of 2 little guys, I know the value of having a strong support system as you navigate the swift waters of parenting. Living in the Pacific NW, we are fortunate to have the PEPS organization. Since 1983, the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization (Seattle) has helped parents connect and grow as they begin their journey into parenthood. PEPS parent support programs educate, inform and create community. They’ve become a vital resource for new mothers and new fathers in the Puget Sound region, with parent groups serving thousands of families annually. After hearing about PEPS from friends, I signed up for a newborn group and have always been grateful for that decision.
PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) has many groups starting in April:
Newborn Groups are always starting in neighborhoods in King and Snohomish Counties. Newborn Groups meet once a week for 12 weeks. Daytime groups may be in the morning or afternoon, and are for one parent per family. For evening groups, parents can attend as a couple, or individually. Sign up while pregnant or soon after baby arrives.
Little Peppers is for families with 2 children ages 3 and under. Toddlers and babies stay with the parents and participate together. In Greenwood, Wallingford, West Seattle and Bellevue.
PEPS for Dads is a group for dads with babies between 0-12 months old. PEPS for Dads is a great way to meet other dads and actively engage in the adventure of parenting. On Queen Anne, Capitol/First Hill, and Redmond.
Baby Peppers is a group for parents of 5-12 month olds. Parents meet, share and learn together. Baby Peppers will meet in Phinney Ridge, Queen Anne, Capitol/First Hill, West Seattle, Eastside and Lynnwood.
Second Time Around focuses on the newborn in a family with one or more older children. One parent attends with the baby. In Phinney Ridge (evening and day) and Queen Anne.
Also upcoming, the PEPS Parent Talk Lecture Series starts April 22 with “Survival Skills for New Parents,” with parent support experts Leslie Butterfield, Lisa Mennet, and Cal Ledbetter. They will cover many topics important to new parents. Register at www.peps.org/ParentResources/lectures/survival-skills-new-parents as these talks fill up.
For new and expectant parents, PEPS offers While You’re Waiting Drop-In Sessions several times a month in King and Snohomish Counties. Come to one free, drop-in session to meet other new and expectant parents, talk about the experience of pregnancy and early parenthood and find out about PEPS. There’s no need to register and you are welcome to come with babies in arms. See the full list of times and locations here.
Click here for more information, or to register for any of these groups.