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.
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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.
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.
Curriculum Enhancement: We suggest using the exercise at the end of Module 1 of the Make Parenting A Pleasure curriculum, following the brief discussion about parents’ expectations and needs on page 16. My Child’s Suitcase: Visualization and Exercise The suitcase exercise helps parents identify the values and goals they have for their children. Starting the group […]
Discipline as Teaching and Learning/Using the Four Questions: Discussion In the Make Parenting A Pleasure curriculum, we help parents understand that discipline is about teaching children. To help parents understand this concept, discuss the qualities of a helpful teacher. Time: 40 minutes Material: Markers and The Four Question cards provided in the Make Parenting A Pleasure Ready […]
Prolonged activation of the stress response in children can have damaging effects on the development of the brain. The stress hormones that flood the brain during prolonged stressful periods can affect the development of brain cells and connections between them, the size of certain brain areas and, ultimately, development of healthy brain architecture. Because these brain areas are important for learning, memory, and emotional processing, prolonged exposure to stress can lead to problems with thinking, memory, and emotional processing as well as increased risk for later health problems.