Author: Laura@PEPS

Laura has earned her keep writing copy around town, editing other people’s words and thinking about how we tell our stories to each other. Laura knows her commas, mostly – and admires good writing everywhere. She is an MLIS with a deep interest in books for adults and children. At home, she is the mother of 3 inspiring and demanding kids, who often finds herself overcommitted, overwhelmed, overjoyed and overslept.

2016: Top 10 PEPS Parenting Posts

We shared a lot of stories in 2016. Here are the ones you liked best – find your favorite! 25 Ideas for Promoting Kindness and Unity So many PEPS Parents clicked on this heartfelt and timely essay from our very own PEPS Executive Director, Jessica Lawmaster.   The Confident, Perfect Mother Jessica Towns shares how one perfect day out ended…

Comparing Our Babies

You can say that in any groups of parents that you are comparing your kids to one another. That kind of has a negative feeling, right? Well sure, it could have that feeling, but it doesn’t have to. I read a lot of the feedback from parents in PEPS Groups and I’ve led a few of my own and participated…

Top 10 PEPS posts in 2015!

If you missed some of the stories we shared on the PEPS blog, here’s a recap of the the most popular in 2015:   The Daycare Dilemma Mom in the Middle, Shelly Mazzanoble wrote this piece on some of the benefits of daycare for her family.   Making Space for Me “I felt so happy most of the time basking…

Dads and PEPS

More than half of PEPS groups include dads these days, which is a big change from when PEPS first got its start in 1981. We just hosted two events for dads that got them – and us – asking questions about what kinds of info and resources dads like most. In late May, we held a focus group to connect…

Celebrating PEPS Volunteers – Jill Farbarik Awarded Unsung Hero from Strengthening Families Washington

April is Volunteer Appreciation month, and PEPS is proud to share news about a great PEPS leader. Jill Farbarik, one of our Spirit of PEPS award winners, was selected to receive an Unsung Hero award from Strengthening Families Washington at the Washington State Department of Early Learning. Jill was recognized with 2013 Spirit of PEPS Award for her leadership in…

What is the Motherhood Penalty?

At PEPS, one of the topics that comes up early in groups is Going Back to Work. Moms and dads share unique and individual reasons for this decision and whether they go back to work or stay at home. In the groups I’ve led, I know moms who love their jobs. They have great satisfaction in their work and they…