Little girl building a snowman

Crushing Your Goals for 2020

By Rodger O’Connor Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? It’s a new year, and for many people that means a fresh start. Maybe you made the standard pledge to yourself to get in better shape, or to be better organized in 2020. Maybe you want to learn a new skill, or travel more with the family.   A lot…

Megan facing baby on a yoga mat

How a Mindfulness Practice Can Lead to Success in Setting Lasting Routines with your Kids

By Megan Sloan (Estimated reading time: 8 min) When I became a new parent, I had almost 20 years of yoga under my belt and about 5 years of a regular mindfulness practice of sitting almost every day. After sleepless nights and early wake-ups, I found my daily meditation practice of sitting quietly first thing in the morning needed to…

One Meal at a Time

By Sara Peterson (Estimated reading time: 6 minutes) My daughter’s first solid food—avocado—seems so long ago, probably because parenting years and dog years are essentially the same, time-wise. Back then, she was so interested in that slippery, squishy green wedge. She would bring a piece right up to her mouth with total trust and no hesitation. Nowadays, she looks at…

Getting the Most from Play Dates: Teaching Kids about Friendship

Some children are born social butterflies, eagerly navigating the waters of making new friends with relative ease. And some children need more support when it comes to meeting new people and developing friendships. It’s common for children – even adults, really! – who are naturally quiet or reserved to feel uncomfortable with initiating a conversation. Young children are often just beginning to learn how to read social cues, share toys, and take turns in a conversation.   No matter…

A gathering of moms and allies advocating for paid family and medical leave in Olympia, Washington

Your Guide to the Paid Family and Medical Leave Coming to Washington in 2020

By Zandrea Harlin   Have you heard the good news? Washington State is expecting…Paid Family and Medical Leave beginning on January 1, 2020! Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program will provide workers with paid time off to welcome a new child to their family, care for a sick loved one, or to recover from their own serious medical condition. Below,…

You Have Kids. Yes, You Need a Will

By Megan Gebhardt  A new child can mean new experiences, memories, fun – and increased responsibilities. Fortunately, we have organizations like PEPS in our area that help new parents grow our families, our communities, and connect us with the helpful resources essential to parenting through localized meetup groups and access to resources and educational information. For the past several years,…