‘I don’t love you anymore, mama’

This post was originally published on local author Tracy Cutchlow’s Zero to Five website. My 5-year-old came over to my bedroom door with a paper heart she had colored in and cut out … and then cut in half. She taped the broken heart to my door. We had been wrestling over bedtime. I had tucked her in and she sang, “I’m going to follow yooou.” She…

Indoor Active Play

by Heather Cooper, Seattle Children’s Hospital Active kids enjoy improved mental wellness and reduce their risk of heart disease. When the days are short, the weather is cold or dreary, or you’re unable to head outside, kids still need to be getting physical activity each and every day. Emily Carter, athletic trainer, and Dr. Monique Burton, director of the Sports Medicine Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital, recently shared ideas for indoor activities that put a smile on a…

Why life insurance is important to expectant moms

By Chirag Pancholi of Jenny Life, Inc. Expectant, post-partum, stay-at-home and part-time working mothers need life insurance every bit as much or more than their spouses. Life insurance is about providing financial protection to your kids/parents/spouse, should you die. Often, people think about life insurance only in terms of replacing lost income, but if you are a caregiver to your family,…

On the hunt for sitters? Make sure you’re checking and asking these 5 things

by Avni Patel Thompson  As parents, we know that hiring sitters and finding childcare is a fact of life, but how do you know that they are trustworthy? That they’re qualified? That they’re right for your family? I started Poppy to answer these very questions. To find the very best caregivers in every community and accurately assess their experience, qualifications and…

Why Build This Village? 

by Carina Davio I met with a potential volunteer this week. We met for coffee and discussed her excitement about our new organization and ways she may be able to contribute. After that, I asked her about her experience so far in preparing for her 9-month-old baby and for parenthood. She shared with me about how she and her husband took multiple childbirth preparation…

Counting on Community

The phrase “Counting on Community,” conjures up for me countless stories I’ve heard from PEPS parents. One story that stays with me is about a mom who was struggling with intense sleep deprivation. Like, not your average new baby sleep problems, but a chronic health condition that led to months of sleepless nights. She was exhausted. Midway through her PEPS experience, she walked into that week’s PEPS meeting with tears…