I’ll be the first to admit that I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to this whole “being a mom” thing. The more I read and research, it seems like the more there is to learn, and it all varies depending on who you ask. A lot of it seems like nonsense. […]
Here’s your chance to have a professional photographer create a keepsake photo of your child! The Lane County Children’s Photo Contest is open for appointments now through March. Four photographers are donating their time and discounting their sitting fees to $49 so you can own a ‘forever’ photo while Parenting Now! receives a donation from […]
Babies enter the world ready to learn. Before they can recognize words, grab an object or even focus their eyes, they can enjoy books. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a policy encouraging parents to read aloud daily beginning in infancy. After all, if we want our children to become lifelong readers, we need to […]
My grandmother died very recently, when I was 28 weeks pregnant. When I had first told her I was pregnant, my grandmother talked about how excited she was to hold the baby and to be a great-grandmother. As she became ill, she started to give me advice on how to care for the baby and […]
Parenting Now! asked community members to reminisce about the lasting gifts they have received from their parents. Sheryl Kesey Thompson: “Whether they intended to or not, my parents offered my brother and me experiences, opportunities and travels that were unique and full of adventure as we were growing up. Although I remember not always being […]
Parent-Child Programs Holds Promise Parenting is one of the most rewarding activities one can do, but it is also one of the most challenging. As the saying goes, children don’t come with instruction manuals. Therefore, many parents welcome additional tools that can support their children’s healthy development. Increasingly, scientific evidence on child development is revealing […]
My children love hearing the stories of my childhood, including tales about answering machines and chatting with friends on a phone connected to a wall. Gasp! Today, we live in a different world; social media means people, places and things are available at a swipe of a finger. For parents, it can feel overwhelming – […]
Parenting Group Has Become Extended Family Two members talk about their long-time group, and the parents and children meet for a discussion “We’re the ‘Birth To Three to Infinity’ group,” Dennis McGrath proclaims. He’s talking about the Infants group he and his wife joined nearly 20 years ago. Of the group’s families who went through […]
Like most things in life, making the transition from home to school requires some practice. An infant does not understand that the parent will be back until they experience it.
With a current focus on school readiness, our nation and communities are looking at supporting early education. High-quality early childhood education programs increase childhood literacy and high school graduation rates, not to mention reducing crime and teen pregnancy rates. As a result, children are coming to school ready to learn and be successful.