How Are You Coping With the Challenges of Parenting? – Parents Article

How Are You Coping With the Challenges of Parenting? Being a parent and managing a family can be stressful at times. Sleepless nights with a newborn, toddler upsets, or a bout of illness can all test a parent’s ability to handle challenging moments with grace and ease. While these moments are generally fleeting—children eventually sleep through the night; toddlers learn to regulate their emotions; illnesses pass—constant stress can take its toll on us as parents. It’s important to know some…

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“I’m Happy AND I’m Sad”: Toddlers and “Mixed-Together” Feelings – Parents Article

    Down comes 2 1/2 year old Sasha’s foot in the mud puddle. She squeals in delight as the water splashes up her leg. Sasha repeats this over and over, only stopping when she excitedly notices a worm in another puddle. A most magical aspect of caring for my children as toddlers (and later my young grandchildren) was their constant inspiration for me to be 100% present.  Oh, the delight of being in the here and now! Here’s another…

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Exercise A Great Family Connector, Stress Fighter – Parents Article

Warmup provided by Jazzercise Eugene at last year’s Mother’s Day 5K. Exercise a Great Family Connector, Stress Fighter This article appeared in the April 29, 2019 edition of the Register-Guard. Let’s be honest. Pregnancy is hard on the body and postpartum hormones are hard on the mind. As we try to navigate these changes, we are also charged with caring for a newborn baby, sleep deprivation, and all the other demands of being a parent. How can we continue to…

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Utilize and Support Area’s Programs Fighting Abuse – Parents Article

What if we knew how to create healthy families, improve health, build thriving communities and reduce problems like child abuse, neglect, substance abuse, obesity, and even cancer? Wouldn’t we do those things? What if you heard that we already know what we need to do in order to create thriving families and communities? That what it takes is available at an incredible cost-savings for our community, compared to doing nothing? Wouldn’t you want to take advantage and urge our policy-makers to adopt these…

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Strategies For Giving Instructions – Parenting Now! – Parents Article

Strategies For Giving Instructions It seems straight-forward enough: “Please go brush your teeth.” But 5-minutes later, you find your child playing in their room, their teeth unbrushed and still covered in the night’s dinner. At first glance, it’s easy to assume that your child is purposely ignoring you or refusing your request. But, in many cases, the way a parent gives instructions can influence the way a child responds to your request. This week in Triple P, we look at…

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Parenting Takes A Village – Parenting Now! – Parents Article

Parenting Takes A Village This article appeared in the January 14, 2019 edition of the Register-Guard.  We are social creatures by nature. In the earliest years of our existence on Earth, our survival depended on having family and friends in our village to feed, shelter and comfort us. Today’s world is vastly different from the early hunter-gatherer days. But there is one thing that has not changed: our need for social support. Without proper social support, parents are at an…

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Create a Safe, Interesting Environment – Parents Article

Step 1 of Positive Parenting: Create a Safe, Interesting Environment Many of us start the New Year with a set of resolutions, usually centered on bettering ourselves in some way—whether it’s eating healthier or saving money. The New Year is also a wonderful time to assess how you are doing with Triple P’s 5 Steps to Positive Parenting. If you are new to Triple P Online, it is an online course distributed via LaneKids for parents of children ages 2-12.…

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