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2017 May

Dear PEPS Community,

Moving here from Alaska, I thought I could handle any version of winter that Seattle would throw at me. This winter... has challenged that optimism! But as I write this, I am energized by even a glimpse of the sunshine poking through the clouds, and it helps me reflect on the light and love shared with PEPS over the last couple of months.

It takes a community to... build community! As we at PEPS help foster connections among new parents, we rely heavily on the support of our PEPS community: volunteers, community partners, our beloved leaders, and our donors and sponsors. From the 78 donors who rallied for PEPS during GiveBIG this month, to the 95 group leaders who touched the lives of new parents during the first months of this year, to our amazing community partners, like Amara who you'll read about below, we honor all of you who are committed to making sure no new parent has to go it alone.

I hope you each experience some sunshine today (or soon!) and that you are uplifted and energized by the stories, resources, and information shared in this newsletter.

Much love,

Jessica Lawmaster
Executive Director
jessical@peps.org

Upcoming Events

May 19 & 26 and June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Adjusting to Parenthood - Seattle Holistic Center
Support group for new moms, focusing on the emotional adjustment to parenthood.

June 3, 9 am - 1 pm or July 12, 5:30 - 9:30 pm
PEPS Leader Training
Want to lead a group? Please RSVP to Cate Palmer to attend a training.

June 10, 10 am - 12 pm
WALK ON: The Ninth Annual Event to Support The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children - Magnuson Park
The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children focuses on brightening the lives of children and families in crisis. Join their free fun WALK ON event with a park walk, fun family activities, healthy snacks and raffles. No need to register for this fun event.

June 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
The Real Scoop on being a New Dad - Naked City Brewery (Greenwood)
It's that time of year - the amazing PEPS for Dads panel will take all your questions in this popular annual event! Register now to secure your spot!

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

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PEPS News

PEPS wins grant in Snohomish County

We received a grant from the Verdant Health Commission to offer a PEPS program fee discount to residents in the Public Hospital District No. 2 area of Snohomish County as well as help PEPS reach new families and work with other organizations serving expectant and new parents. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Verdant and grateful for their recognition and support of the critical needs that new parents have. Learn More

Second Time Around - Help us Spread the Word!

Did you know that Second Time Around groups now meet in homes? We have several upcoming groups in Seattle, West Seattle and Renton with open spots that we'd love to fill. Find a group at www.peps.org/programs.

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Articles & Resources


Baby in Therapy

Twenty years from now, your kid is going to be on a couch somewhere and a therapist is going to say, "Tell me about your parents." What do you think your kid is going to say? What do you want them to say? Zach's new essay has great ideas!

Every parent had perfect attendance

Mike Schloss joined PEPS for Dads and later, Baby Peppers. Then he and his wife decided to grow their family through foster care with the hope of adopting. Even as Mike was going through the home study process to get his foster/adopt license, Amara asked him to facilitate a pilot PEPS group for Amara parents. Read and enjoy this story of parenting and partnership.

How do you know you're done?

There's this universally accepted truth of the modern era that is one part mythology and one part biology: When your family has reached its optimal level, you'll just know it somehow. This is the first essay in a new series called Beyond Baby Steps from Shawna Gamache.

On having a baby after a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder

"This time around, I am equipped with professional and personal supports, knowledge and training from volunteering for Perinatal Support Washington, coping skills and experience I didn't have the first time, and my dear friend Prozac." Kaela, PEPS mom and warm line volunteer for Perinatal Support WA, shares her story.

If you're quiet and you know it

"I struggle with the external demands of my daughter and the interactions with other parents." Jessica Towns is a PEPS mom and writer and shares great ideas for parents who are introverts in this new blog post.

Getting Around To It

Megan Gebhardt of Gebhardt Law Office is a frequent speaker at PEPS Groups, where she says parents ask great questions about wills and planning for the future. Megan shares some interesting stats on millennials and talks about how you can get around to making a will for your new family.

Autism Comes to "Sesame Street"

"Julia is cute. My son is cute. Autism itself is rarely cute." Lynn Dixon wrote this essay for Seattle's Child and it's full of great ways to talk with your kids about autism and the new Julia character. Lynn is also a 3-time PEPS mom! Her helpful and supportive Facebook page is called Somewhere Over the Spectrum.

Getting Help While Traveling Abroad

When you're far from the comforts of home, it is difficult to know what to do or where to go for help when you or your child is ill. Here are some tips from Julie Wen, a pediatrician at Allegro Pediatrics, a PEPS community sponsor.

Raising Sons Who Buy Tampons and Daughters Who Play Football

Jody Allard writes how she is teaching her kids to challenge gender norms
and how they've challenged her right back in this new piece in ParentMap.

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The Real Scoop on Being a New Dad

New dad? About to become one? Take a seat and hear from a panel of dads at The Real Scoop on Being a New Dad. The panel will be led by local author, therapist and founder of forBetter, Zach Brittle.

Zach Brittle is a Seattle-based Certified Gottman Therapist with a practice focusing on couples. Zach is a dad of 2 and he speaks regularly at PEPS Groups.

June 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
Naked City Brewery (Greenwood)
Tickets are $15 - Register soon!

Food and beverages available for purchase on site. 21+ event only.

PEPS for Dads


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