When and why did you join the board of PN!?
Prior to starting a family, I worked in residential and day treatment with kids with behavioral and emotional challenges. I received my masters in Special Education and worked in public schools as a learning/behavior specialist for six years. When I was pregnant with my first son, I knew I wanted to focus on raising my family and our Jazzercise business. After giving birth to my second son, I became passionate about early childhood development, intervention, prevention and, more specifically, parent support. When I was approached about joining the board, it felt like a perfect fit.
What is your favorite thing about being on the board?
I love working with people who are passionate about supporting children and families. It is refreshing to sit around a table with the fabulous staff of PN! and the diverse group of board members all working for a common cause. I get to witness and be a part of the magic that parenting education and connection brings to both families and the community.
What perspective do you bring to the board?
There is no doubt that I am in the parenting trenches with my 4- and 2-year old. As a mother and a Jazzercise instructor, I care deeply about health, wellness, and self-care. In order to show up for our children, we must take care of ourselves.
What was your experience in PN! Groups and what do you want prospective parents to know about PN! that they may not realize?
My lactation consultant and pediatrician both recommended that I utilize Baby Connection (Parenting Now!’s drop in program) as an additional layer of support with my breastfeeding concerns. I then joined Incredible INFANTs when my oldest, Henry, was 3 months old. Having a weekly group of parents with babies of similar ages was magical. It is amazing how much peace of mind I gained from hearing (and seeing) other families going through similar situations.
I then made the mistake of thinking “I got this” and did not continue with the Wonderful ONEs class. When Henry was 2 and I had my second son, Luke, on the way, I felt desperate for the community of a parenting education class. I was able to join a Make Parenting a Pleasure group and I am so grateful to have had that support.
When Luke turned 1, I was sure to join Wonderful ONEs and we are currently in Terrific TWOs. What I know is I don’t “have this” parenting thing in isolation. Parenting involves a village with lots of support, perspective and a proactive approach. PN! classes are an integral part of my parenting sanity. It is important for parents to know that PN! offers scholarships and child care during most of the parenting classes.