For most of us who are grandparents, time with our grandchildren is a gift. We build a satisfying relationship based on the time we spend together and communicate in between visits. And that may be all we want or need. However, every once in a while it can be helpful to step back and […]
The beginnings of Parenting Now!, formerly known as Birth To Three, always bring back sweet memories for me. The birth of my first baby, Joshua, in 1976, was the catalyst that brought me, Andi Fischhoff and Sue Kelly together to found Birth To Three. Andi and Sue were research assistants for a University of Oregon […]
Being a grandparent is an opportunity to create a fulfilling relationship for both grandparent and grandchild. The connection will be different with each grandchild and will depend on things such as personality and temperament, physical distance and understanding what appeals to each grandchild. To help in developing that connection, a great question to ask is: […]
[Click here to sign up for the Joy of Grandparenting workshop.] One of life’s great pleasures can be in the role of a grandparent. Grandparenting adds richness, depth, sweetness, and just plain fun to life. Grandparents can be a great gift in the lives of our grandchildren and their parents. And grandparenting can be one of […]
Although it’s hard to believe in the midst of changing diapers, our babies grow up and become adults. And if they have babies, we enter a new, exciting and sometimes surprising world of grandparenting. I am now part of this world as “Nanalee” to three grandchildren between the ages of 2 and 10. It’s also […]
Thirty-nine years ago my first child, Joshua, was born. The experience of becoming a mom was so powerful that it actually inspired my life’s work, helping to create and direct the parenting organization, Birth To Three, which we know today as Parenting Now! From my own experience as the mom of Josh and his brother, […]
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 […]
Much data shows that parenting education works:
Readiness for kindergarten is enhanced when parents learn how they can support their child’s healthy development.
Parenting education helps prevent child abuse and neglect, and associated concerns like teen pregnancy, delinquency and substance abuse.
It’s fairly common for all of us parents to wonder if we are doing the best job possible in raising our children. After all, the day-to-day reality of child-rearing is a mix of, as Birth To Three says, “joy, exhaustion, challenge, stress and delight.” Being a parent can be overwhelming. At some point, every one of us will be tested, no matter what our intentions or resolutions may be.
Whether we are dealing with huge problems or everyday hassles, we parents need to keep our cups full. We can’t easily solve long-term serious problems; however, there are small things we can do that help. They don’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time.