Pregnancy

Feeling Blue?

By |September 13th, 2017|

During pregnancy, your friends and family may have shared stories with you about feeling “love at first sight” upon meeting their newborn, or having that “instant connection.”

If that isn’t enough, movies and TV shows tend to show new mothers in postpartum bliss—and back to their pre-pregnancy bodies with a clean house to boot!

Of course, this […]

Oh, Brother! Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling

By |April 17th, 2017|

A new baby means some major changes for the entire family. Children’s reactions can vary from being helpful with diapers or feedings to jealousy or baby-like behavior. Preparing your child for the new baby will help get their bond off to a good start. Here are some steps you can take to help ease the […]

Positive Parenting All Year Round

By |February 6th, 2017|

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions about health, work, relationships and more. If you are a parent, perhaps you made a resolution or two to strive to be a “better” parent.

However, no matter how many resolutions we may make, the fact is no one is a perfect parent. Everyone has times when they feel […]

Fatherhood: Balancing on the Tightrope of Work and Family

By |January 27th, 2017|

More fathers are taking or want to take a more active role in parenting. According to Time Magazine, “…65% of dads see their role as both provider and caretaker, and 85% aspire to fully sharing parenting with their spouses (however, only about 30% report that they do so).”

Despite these changes, fathers can still feel pressure […]

Parenting Education

By |December 22nd, 2016|

All Parents Can Use Support
Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. Many studies show a parent’s influence on a child’s growth and development is more important than any other factor. Yet no one is “born with” parenting skills – it’s something learned through modeling other parents and learning parenting skills. In cultures and […]

Parenting After Divorce or Separation

By |December 12th, 2016|

Still Parenting Together
Major relationship changes, such as separation or divorce, can present challenges, as well as opportunities, for parenting together.

Even in the best of circumstances, it’s critical to be prepared and give consideration to how things will work when parenting together after a separation or divorce. It will not only help you and your child […]

How to Minimize Sibling Rivalry

By |November 21st, 2016|

“Sibling rivalry.” We’ve all heard of it. If we have more than one child we’ve probably witnessed it. “My sibling is my best friend.” We’ve heard that too. Some of us have experienced it with our own siblings. How do we get our kids to go from rivals to friends, or to at least getting […]

Summertime, Summertime, Sun, Sun, Summertime…

By |September 6th, 2016|

It’s still summer in Oregon — no need to start “singing in the rain” for a few months. In fact, August and September can bring on the heat. What better way to cool down than to take a dip in some Northwest water!

Here in Lane County, you can easily go to the ocean or mountain […]

3 Essential Strategies for Effective “Team Parenting”

By |June 20th, 2016|

Team Parenting
When you and your partner work as a team to parent your child, you will both feel more supported. After all, you both have the common goal of raising your child to be healthy, happy and successful.

Working as a team doesn’t mean you will never disagree! At some point, all parents will differ or […]

Ways to Practice Self-Care as a Parent

By |June 13th, 2016|

On an airplane you are told that in case of an emergency, put on your oxygen mask and then help your child put on their mask. You don’t need an emergency though to learn that taking care of your needs means being better able to take care of your child’s needs. Not only will you […]