What if we knew how to create healthy families, improve health, build thriving communities and reduce problems like child abuse, neglect, substance abuse, obesity, and even cancer? Wouldn’t we do those things? What if you heard that we already know what we need to do in order to create thriving families and communities? That what it takes is […]
Here I am again, talking about how great our programs are—hands down, the easiest part of my job. Today, I’m writing to let you know about a part of our organization you may not know too much about—our wonderful collaborations. Parenting Now: Community-Centered and Community-Based Parenting Now! collaborates and partners in many local initiatives—LaneKids, the Oregon […]
It’s a safe assumption that people (parents or not) want the best for children. If you were to ask the average person how our community should set its priorities and allocate its resources, many would say “children” in some way. Maybe their top priority would be school readiness, libraries, access to healthcare or recreational opportunities. […]
We’ve all seen it. You are in line at the grocery store and someone’s child is having a meltdown right there in the aisle. The howls, the tears, the frazzled parent just trying to pick up food for dinner. We’ve all thought to ourselves, “Whoa, glad that isn’t me!” Some of us add, “At least […]
Every day at Parenting Now! and Relief Nursery, we are rewarded by the success of a parent who nurtures and protects their child instead harming or putting them at risk, overcomes an obstacle, or makes a better decision when feeling frustrated or overwhelmed. But there is still much work to be done. April is Child […]
Parenting Education is a Useful Tool for Every Parent One young, low-income parent describes her role as “helping my son know he can depend on us.” Yet another parent fitting the same description is in danger of losing her child to foster care. What makes the difference? Some families seem to have many advantages, yet […]
Parenting is a learned skill. No one is born knowing how to be a good parent. Many parents may not want to use their own childhoods as the basis for their own parenting. Other parents may just be looking for new strategies for parenting their children. The good news is that our community and the internet have many resources for parents to expand their skills and become better at nurturing and caring for their children.