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2017 July

Hi PEPS friends,

Can you believe it’s almost August? As this summer flies by, my family finds ourselves officially out of “baby territory.” My youngest is walking now! Between that milestone and all of the sudden having a kindergartner, I am trying to slow down and enjoy every moment.

PEPS is working through some developmental stages as well! We are eyeballs deep in a large video production project that will enhance the level of training and support we provide to our awesome group leaders. We are also in the middle of some intensive learning and analysis work with our board and staff around racial equity. And our new Community Connectors are making so many meaningful connections, it is already hard to remember life at PEPS before they were here.

Thank you to all of you for your PEPS love and support. I encourage you to step outside, get some sunshine, and soak up some of the great insights and resources shared in this newsletter.

Until next time,


Jessica Lawmaster
Executive Director

Upcoming Events

July 28 and August 4, 11, 18 & 25, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Adjusting to Parenthood - Seattle Holistic Center
Support group for new moms, focusing on the emotional adjustment to parenthood.

August 12, 9 am - 1 pm - Jubilee REACH, Bellevue
PEPS Leader Training
Want to lead a group? Please RSVP to Cate Palmer to attend an upcoming training.

August 20
Stroller Derby Seattle to benefit PEPS - Marymoor Park
Stroller Derby Seattle hits the streets August 20, 2017! Bring your kids and strollers and start your day running on a scenic 5k course. At the finish, find fun and active family-friendly activities including FIT4MOM, Amy's Artistic Expressions Face Painting, raffles and more! A portion of your registration fee supports PEPS. Register to run.

September 10, 4-6 pm
Celebrate National Grandparents Day
RSVP for a social hour and discussion and celebrate National Grandparents Day.

September 20, 6:30 pm
Kids and Race Workshop: A PEPS Lecture
Did you know that by age 3, children show racial preferences? This workshop for parents will be led by new local nonprofit Kids and Race. The workshop is joyful and accessible, and acknowledges discomfort as we move towards deeper community. Please register TODAY to secure your spot!



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Articles & Resources

The kind of support she needed as a new parent

It was a surprise when Jen went in for her first ultrasound - two babies! Moving, new jobs, and now twins were a lot of adjustment. But it was in the middle of her pregnancy that Jen lost her mother to cancer. Read more of this moving story about the PEPS partnership with SFOM and support for parents of twins.

Kristin Kali and MAIA Midwifery and Fertility, an Interview

Kristin's focus is to support families that are being created. So it's not just clinical care, but also emotional support. MAIA is a PEPS Network member offering PEPS Groups with the same queer-centered, gender inclusive approach as in all MAIA services. Find out more about MAIA and parent support for LGBTQ families.

It's easier than ever to lead a PEPS Group

PEPS has overhauled its leader guide, using more effective layout, clearly visible prompts, bullets and sidebars to highlight key ideas. "New leaders won't have to spend time 'studying' the guide, so they can spend more time with the parents and babies."

Who will you meet in your PEPS Group?

Consider this: you're put together with 8-10 parents. You have one thing in common - needing to figure out this parenthood thing with kids of similar age. Maybe there won't be someone who you click with, but maybe there will!

Mom in Translation: A Bitter Taste of Honey

"It was such a tiny drop of honey, nothing more than a symbolic gesture. But everyone we spoke to outside our community remained firm - how could we risk our baby's life?" Read more from this ParentMap story here.

What's Next?: The Pressure to Have Another Baby

"But the question keeps coming. The world wants to know: "When are you having the next one?" I grit my teeth and shrug." Read more from PEPS mom Jessica Towns in this new post.

Ways to Spend Quality Family Time with Children of Any Age

"During quality time, you put aside worries or concerns and bring your whole self to the interaction. As much as possible, you don't answer the phone, look at text messages, talk to others, or give in to distractions." Bright Horizons shares ideas for quality time with infants to school-age kids!

The World According to Pip

What are the best strategies for creating art? Jeff Lee, local MD and Dad Next Door at Seattle's Child, says the same approaches work for parenting, in this warm and supportive short essay.


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