Category: PEPS

The power of connection

Here’s the deal: We need each other. Yes, we human beings need one another to be healthy and to thrive. Brené Brown defines connection this way: “connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Thanks to…

Why I’m Learning to Take a Compliment

by Jessica Towns Last summer, I took my daughter Ravenna to a toddler gym class. Children were clambering like termites over elaborate play structures, each with an anxious parent on the floor below. Ravenna ran fearlessly into the action and began to narrate every detail. “Climb stairs…throw orange ball…my turn…jump?!” A father in the class turned to me and said,…

On Parenting, Perfectionism, and Photography

by Meghan McMackin   This is a four-part story in which I recount the miraculous tale of how parenting cured me of perfectionism, and how, through photography I’ve come to embrace the beauty of the present imperfect.   Part 1: The PLAN Before our first child was born, I did everything I possibly could to prepare. I took my prenatals, read…

Day Without A Woman

PEPS is closing our doors March 8 and joining with many other organizations, businesses, and individuals who are participating in A Day Without a Woman. We honor women everywhere, including those we employ and serve, and we stand in solidarity with those seeking gender justice and equality in Seattle, the State of Washington, America, and across the world.

The first step to more connection with others

by Tracy Cutchlow, Author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science I remember trying to get the real scoop on parenting, good and bad, before I had a baby. “It’s hard,” new parents would say, and then quickly paper over that tiny admission. “But of course I wouldn’t trade it for anything!” It sounded suspicious to me. Even…

2016: Top 10 PEPS Parenting Posts

We shared a lot of stories in 2016. Here are the ones you liked best – find your favorite! 25 Ideas for Promoting Kindness and Unity So many PEPS Parents clicked on this heartfelt and timely essay from our very own PEPS Executive Director, Jessica Lawmaster.   The Confident, Perfect Mother Jessica Towns shares how one perfect day out ended…

Clean Up this Flu Season with KIDS ‘N’ PETS

from KIDS ‘N’ PETS With fall comes the flu, sore throats, fever and worst of all, tummy troubles! As parents, we know that flu symptoms are messy (and smelly)! Here are a few of our favorite tips for tackling the flu and preventing evidence that it ever lived at your house: Tip 1: If you suspect the stomach flu is…

Comparing Our Babies

You can say that in any groups of parents that you are comparing your kids to one another. That kind of has a negative feeling, right? Well sure, it could have that feeling, but it doesn’t have to. I read a lot of the feedback from parents in PEPS Groups and I’ve led a few of my own and participated…

Parents Need Dates Too

  Parents need a break! Please join us for our first annual PEPS Night On The Town, an evening benefit event to help us strengthen & grow our support programs for new and growing families. Delight in live music and magical cabaret performances Savor hors d’oeuvres and sip signature cocktails Buy raffle tickets, win wonderful and luxe goodies Make an impact…