Category: Parenting

Setting New Goals, Being a Present Father, and Sound Advice From My Own Mother

At PEPS, we love hearing from families about their parenting experiences and perspectives on parenthood. This month, we heard from several fathers who shared their highs and lows, what they love about being a parent, and advice for other dads.

Luke is an award-winning journalist, speaker, loving husband and dedicated father to a daughter. He chatted with us recently to share about his thoughts and experiences on being a dad.

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,…

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…

Overcoming the Challenges of Being a New Parent and Finding Support

Being a new parent can be challenging. No matter how much research you do before your little one joins your family, it’s still common to feel isolated, ill-equipped, or unsupported once they arrive. The Program for Early Parent Support (fondly known as PEPS) and Valley Medical Center’s Children’s Therapy team have partnered to ease some of the worry for new…

Top 5 Stories of 2018 – A Look Back on Your Favorite Articles

5 Basics This Pediatrician Wants Every New Parent to Know Vanessa Raymond, a writer for Right as Rain, a digital publication which provides health and wellness news, tips and information brought to you by the experts at UW Medicine. Pregnancy and Birth in Puerto Rico as an Expat Anjelica Malone, author of Milk Boss 101: The Modern Breastfeeding Journal and Guide shares what it’s like to…