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Social Support Reduces Risk of Isolation

Families socializing and having fun in the Children’s Play Room at Parenting Now. Between feedings, diaper changes, holding, swaying, and rocking, it can be easy to get caught up in the demands of parenthood—leaving little time to attend to your own individual needs. It’s not uncommon for new parents to feel sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or …

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Grow Your Social Support Network to Reduce Isolation

Along with all the joys and precious moments with your little one, parenting a new baby can be lonely work. Especially as a new parent – you are adapting to a lot! There are long days of seemingly endless feedings and diaper changes, rocking and swaying, swaddling and then re-swaddling—and, ironically, you are never really …

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Surviving Summer Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, it doesn’t take much time in the sun to feel overheated, but there are some things you can do to stay cool (or at least comfortable) during the summer months as the temperatures start to spike.  Did someone turn up the thermostat? No, it’s not an illusion. Your internal body temperature is …

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Survival Tips for Summer Parenting

Summer is a busy time for parents. There’s swimming, camps, sleepovers, picnics, playgrounds—not to mention the everyday chores like laundry that need tending to. It can be hard to manage it all in one day! So what can parents do to juggle the demands of parenting, while still finding balance in their day and keeping their sanity? …

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Parenting Stress: Ways to support your emotional health

Stress, we all handle it differently. And we all do better when we know some ways to deal with it. Parenting Now’s Make Parenting A Pleasure program helps support parents who are experiencing high levels of stress by helping them identify ways to manage stressful moments during the day.  What is stress? Stress can affect …

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Self-Care Trickles Down

Children contribute to our lives in so many ways. We experience fun, joy, wonder, and connectedness with them. But life with young children can also bring fatigue and frustration. You spend so much energy on their needs that it’s hard to meet your own. Over time, neglecting to keep up with your own needs—such as …

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COVID-19 Increases Stress on Families

Have you held a newly born baby recently? Wondered, “What are you thinking? What’s happening inside your mind?” That brain is born with 100 billion neurons – each with 2,500 synapses. And, in a nurturing, safe and connected environment – blooming to some 15,000 synapses per neuron by 2 and 3 years. We all understand …

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Postpartum Depression In A Pandemic

All new parents are at-risk for developing Postpartum Depression (PPD), sometimes referred to as Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD) during pregnancy or after the birth of a new child. PMD includes postpartum anxiety and postpartum psychosis (very rare). But having a baby during a pandemic presents even more challenges for parents, as you navigate social distancing, …

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Self-Care Is Possible During A Pandemic

You’ll hear Parenting Educators focus again and again the importance of taking care of yourself as a parent—and it’s with good reason. You can’t be on top of your parenting game when your own needs aren’t being met. But even under the best conditions—let alone a pandemic—it can be hard to put your needs above …

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Building Resilience In Ourselves and Our Children

Many of us are parenting through uncharted territory right now. We have been told to keep our children out of school for 1 ½ months, to stay home, away from playgrounds, other children, extended family members, and the public spaces we love to frequent during the rainy season. And while we try to stay hopeful …

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