Dear Brand New Mom: Keep it Real

I’ve heard Facebook described as a curated version of your life – sometimes building a blindingly perfect version for all to see. Recently, a friend posted a very real and honest parenting picture on Facebook, and it was such a great example of bravery, acceptance, and support; so with her permission I’d like to share it as a reminder to…

Featured Volunteer: Zoë Wilson

Zoë Wilson’s first experience with PEPS was joining a newborn group in Renton in April of 2014 when her son Luca was one month old. “I appreciated the opportunity to share my joys and struggles in an open, honest and supportive environment. I never felt alone in my experience, at least one other person was always going through something similar…

Outdoor Preschool Awesomeness: A Photo Essay

by Andrew Jay, Tiny Trees Preschool Photos courtesy of Katrina Shelby What do you get when you remove the walls from a preschool? Short answer: mud, joy, adventure, science, nature, exercise. At Tiny Trees Preschool, we break down the walls of a traditional classroom to give families what they deserve: affordable, quality preschool to get their kids ready for kindergarten.…

How Living Abroad Changed Me, Made Me a Mother, and Birthed My Mission

by Anjelica Malone One of my earliest memories is of being nested in the sand within a little cove on a beach somewhere. Tall thin trees with thick green foliage canopies sheltered me, while a rich turquoise blue sky stretched out in front of me for as far as my little eyes could see. Though I’ve never been able to…

When It’s Really Hard

I think I just had a true emotional breakdown. In car with Anderson. Not listening ad nauseam. Can feel my stress level reaching cataclysmic, desperate, absolutely miserable levels. I raise my voice, deep, gravelly, shaking—it doesn’t even sound like my own—desperately pleading with my 4-year-old to be quiet. I feel helpless and truly tortured. I have to leave the car.…

What Legacy Will You Create for Your Grandkids?

Grandparents at PEPS recently shared about the legacy they are creating with their children and grandchildren. Some have concrete things to give to children and grandchildren, like a historical flag, family furniture, jewelry that has been passed down, and those treasures made as a child. Others mentioned how they are sharing their experiences and passions, such as the love of travel, a love…

Prepare by Reading

When you are pregnant, it seems like suddenly everyone starts telling you how to prepare. And, in this culture, a lot of that preparation seems to involve lists of things to buy. From the relative who swore that a certain style of swing would ensure my baby would sleep (it didn’t) to the friend who bought me a version of…