While consistent routines, good nutrition and quality parent-child interaction time are important, the value of outdoor motor play should be noted, as it leads to positive outcomes. While it may seem counterintuitive, children’s brains are in a better state to focus and pay attention when they engage in running, jumping, bouncing, swinging, climbing, spinning and other movement activities. Physical activity leads to greater learning opportunities.
With our children facing obesity rates of 24 percent – higher than the national average – it is critical that families have places for kids to be physically active, and our regional recreation sites offer great ways to keep our kids moving.
Session 1 –Welcome to the Terrific TWOs® Key Concepts TWOs are at a magical age, eager to learn and excited about all they already know and can do. TWOs are positively motivated in their behavior, and we can help them learn positive ways to get their needs met. Goals – By the end of this […]
Session 1 –Welcome to the Wonderful ONEs® Key Concepts ONEs view their world with wonder and curiosity. ONEs are positively motivated to get their needs met; parents can help them learn positive ways to do that. Goals – By the end of this session parents will: Understand the underlying themes of the Wonderful ONEs series. Experience […]
Session 1 – Welcome to the Incredible INFANTs® Key Concept The Incredible INFANTs series helps parents encourage their children’s development, share experiences with other parents, and develop a network of support. Goals – By the end of this session parents will: Understand the Incredible INFANTs philosophy. Agree upon group guidelines. Experience the group as a friendly […]
Preview Session "Words That Work" Terrific TWOs® Key Concepts and Goals Terrific TWOs Course Guide Note: The PDF files may take a minute or two to load, thank you for your patience.
Preview Session 5 "Positive Discipline for Curious ONEs" Wonderful ONEs® Key Concepts and Goals Wonderful ONEs Course Guide Note: The PDF files may take a minute or two to load, thank you for your patience.
Preview Session 3 "Encouraging Your Developing Baby" Incredible INFANTs® Key Concepts and Goals Incredible INFANTs Course Guide Note: The PDF files may take a minute or two to load, thank you for your patience.
Preview Session 4 “Stress and Anger Management: Techniques“ Preview Session 6 “The Dance of Communication: Nonverbal“ Stress Busters video clip Make Parenting A Pleasure Key Concepts and Goals Note: The PDF files may take a minute or two to load, thank you for your patience.
Start a conversation. “Did you suffer from postpartum depression? Or know someone who did?” Break the silence. Talk about it. Reach out to new parents, share your experiences and let them know they are not alone. By starting the conversation, you will also reach a new level of healing.
Volunteer. We are fortunate to live in a community with access to resources for new parents, particularly those struggling with prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety. In Lane County, we have WellMama, a nonprofit organization offering free support services. WellMama, and other organizations like it, can only thrive with help from volunteers. Even if you have just five minutes to give this month, you can post flyers, write a thank-you card to a donor or participate in a focus group.
Donate. Funding for maternal mental health services is scarce and inadequate. Nonprofit organizations rely on donations to sustain basic services that support men and women in our community.
Join us. Participate in community events throughout the year to raise awareness about maternal mental health.