The Power of Focusing on Your Own Wellness

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, family and friends who’d been there all had the same piece of advice: Sleep when the baby sleeps. It seemed so simple, and so obvious. Of course I would do that. When I was tired. Which wouldn’t be all the time. Then my daughter was born, and, like a lot of babies,…

Nutrition Tips for Parents

Article by Allegro Pediatrics Nutrition can be an overwhelming topic for many parents. There is often concern that children are not getting enough nutrients or aren’t eating a balanced diet. Here are some of our tips for commonly-heard nutrition concerns. Snacking For the most part, we try to prepare healthy and nutritious meals, but many times the snacks that children…

Polly's morning coffee

Day in the Life…of a PEPS Community Connector

In 2017, PEPS reorganized its staffing structure and created three Community Connector positions. For the past two years, these three Connectors have developed critical relationships with the communities in our service area. Their work involves identifying service gaps and barriers to parent-support services and determining ways that PEPS can help close the gaps and remove those barriers. The Connectors  accomplish…

#reasonsmykidiscrying

There is no Miracle Cure for bedtime battles or explosive tantrums. Every parent has a few hacks that helps them manage their busy lives and to keep their kids happy and healthy, but parenting is a process and there’s not a single, quick tip that will solve every problem. Take tantrums, for example. Every parent deals with tantrums. They are…

5 Things to Know About Breastfeeding

By Angela Cabotaje While Washington’s breastfeeding rates are well above the national average — 92.4 percent of babies have been breastfed compared to 83.2 percent — that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Many first-time moms have never seen a woman breastfeed before, and that lack of familiarity, plus a variety of other factors, often result in unexpected baby-feeding difficulties. “I think most women…

Grandparenting in the Digital Age: The Highs, The Lows, and Three Questions to Consider

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, PEPS hosted a group of local grandparents gathered together to learn about Grandparenting in the Digital Age. Most of the 25 attendees had similar concerns: Why are screens so tempting for young children; How can we manage screen time for our grandkids (especially when our rules might differ from parent rules); What options, if any,…

Ally and her family

Visibility

Hi! Your friendly, neighborhood Transwoman here! My name is Allanah Raas-Bergquist, and I am the Operations Coordinator at PEPS. I use she/her pronouns and am Dad/Dadda/Daddy to my 5-year-old daughter Svea (her pronouns vacillate between she/they/fancylady/poopadoop). March 31st is International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV), which for me is the most important of the few trans* holidays that are on the…

New Beginnings - parents

New Beginnings

Most of us support PEPS for similar reasons. Maybe we were in a PEPS group ourselves, know and love someone who was, or lead PEPS groups in our spare time. Digging down, though, beyond our own experiences, I bet we are all compelled by the belief that no parent deserves to be alone. We want every new parent to find…

Our Stuff: How It Can Be a Joy and a Burden

Popular now is a book titled, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, which focuses on the joy brought to us by our material possessions. Recently, I watched both Marie Kondo and the documentary Minimalism. The Minimalist’s mantra goes like this: “Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives” and is one…