ur kids are watching and learning from us every day. Something as simple as where you buy clothes could be making a big impact! Wendy Powell, owner of Childish Things children’s resale store, shares ideas for teaching your kids about sustainability through second-hand shopping.
Spring Cleaning Your Estate Plan
Spring is a time of fresh starts. While you’re purging your closets or deep cleaning your kitchen, consider adding estate plan maintenance to your spring-cleaning checklist. Read tips from Megan Gebhardt of Gebhardt Law Office on which aspects of your estate planning documents you should tidy up every year.
How to Raise a Reader? Think Outside the Book.
Does your little one squirm off your lap every time you start reading a book? Or do they only one to read the same book over and over? For parents trying to build a foundation for literacy in their babies and toddlers, these things might not be the problem you think they are! Read tips from literacy expert Jocelyn Manzanarez on fun and easy ways to build literacy through music and movement.
Update on the 2023 Legislative Session: Tracking PEPS Advocacy Priorities
There’s just over a month left in the 2023 WA State Legislative Session! PEPS has been advocating with our community to protect Paid Family & Medical Leave, secure affordable housing investments, and make childcare more affordable. So, what’s the status? Read an advocacy update on our blog to learn more about these three priorities and what’s been happening during this year’s Legislative Session.
It Takes a Village
A representative from Washington Education Savings Plans (WA529) shares the tangible ways she and her husband saved for their children’s post-secondary education, as well as the less tangible ways they instilled values of saving, goal-setting, and pursuing dreams in their children through consistent conversations and a village of support surrounding their children.
Elevate, Engage, Activate: The Journey to Advocacy at PEPS
Prior to 2019, PEPS had not engaged in advocacy work. Through deep learning, reflection, and an organizational commitment to racial equity, it became clear that remaining neutral on issues and policies that impact families only furthers inequities. In 2019, we embraced our responsibility to engage the large community of parents in our network to take action on issues and policies that impact parents and families. Read about our journey to advocacy at PEPS.
Can We Count on Paid Family Leave? An Update from the 2023 Legislative Session
How do you create an uproar among parents and caregivers in Washington State all at once? Threaten our paid family leave. Last fall, Washington State’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) made local and national headlines when it was projected to hit an 8.7 million dollar deficit by year-end.
Fostering Community and Connection for Young Parents
For young parents embarking on the journey of parenthood during a time when many of their peers are in a different phase of life, having a community of support with others who “get it” is even more essential. We recently partnered with Southwest Youth and Family Services to offer a PEPS Group for young moms in Southwest King County.
Five Mindfulness Exercises You Can Do With A Baby
Practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to mean meditating for half an hour every day. There are many simple ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. On our blog, a psychotherapist specializing in perinatal mental health and the transition to parenthood shares 5 simple mindfulness exercises you can do with a baby.
Top 5 Stories of 2022
Check out our five most popular articles published on our Highs and Lows Blog in 2022!