Author: PEPS

A local nonprofit helping parents connect and grow as they begin their journey into parenthood.

Creative Thinking & Imagination for Child Development

by Cassie McKeown, Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool Cleo, a 4-year-old preschooler, excitedly told her Mom, “…and then we drank purple milk that came from a purple cow.” Webster defines imagination as “the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced; the ability to think of new things.” Every child is…

Sow the Seed to Reap the Harvest

from PEPS Sponsor, Washington College Savings Plans Fresh air. Brisk mornings. A beautiful kaleidoscope of leaves. Squirrels are storing food for the winter, geese are flying south, and crops are being planted. Fall is here! A lot of time, energy, and planning goes into preparing for what’s next (whether it be the next season, the next promotion, the next child,…

I love my baby, but I miss my old life

by Laurie Ganberg, LICSW  “I love my baby but I feel trapped.” “Maybe having a baby was a mistake.” “Every part of my life has changed. I miss my old life.” I often hear these statements hesitantly shared by women experiencing ambivalence and regret after a new baby—along with, “I can’t talk about this in the new moms group.” But it is…

One Year In, With Twins

by Leah Wyatt My fraternal boy-girl twins turned one last week, and we hosted the requisite first birthday bash, complete with cake smashing photo op. As with all first birthday parties, ours was really for the parents. In addition to allowing my husband to sip wine with other adults without leaving our house, the planning and execution of the event…

Grandparents at PEPS: How They’re Sharing a Legacy of Love

Grandparents gathered for a PEPS quarterly grandparent happy hour to celebrate National Grandparents Day. Jan Faull facilitated the discussion on kids and positive social behavior. We asked attendees to sit at tables organized the age of their grandchild(ren). Discussion was animated, and grandparents talked about their role being involved. Here’s a look at what they shared: What do you want…

Co-leading, Sister-Style

Julia Calkins is a new PEPS Group leader! She and her husband Jeremy have been married for 4 years this summer. “Our little guy is 19 months old. We were in an evening group starting when Gus was about 8 weeks old and it was so helpful in so many ways!” she said. Like many PEPS parents, they didn’t have…

Will I Miss It?

by Jessica Towns Well, it happened. The strange and scary thing we thought would never happen. My husband and I swore we’d never fall victim to cliché. But it happened anyway: we bought a house in the suburbs. I always imagined we’d put down roots in Seattle, where we lived for the entirety of our twenties. I’d gotten to know…

Table Captain Profile: Suz Fix

Suz Fix participated in a Newborn PEPS Group back in 2016. “During one of the most challenging (and joyful) times in my life, PEPS provided me with a safe and supportive environment where I could talk freely and connect with other new moms.” She decided to give back by being a volunteer leader for another PEPS Group, helping other new parents…

What about your parents? Helping start the conversation with parents about end of life decisions and planning

by Megan Gebhardt, Gebhardt Law Office Typically, I write articles about naming guardians and having wills or estate plans for new parents and growing families. But new parents also have questions about their parents. This article is about what you can do to start the conversation about how your parents want financial and health care decisions handled as they age.…