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2017 September

Happy Fall,

It’s official. I have a “school-aged child.” My oldest started kindergarten this month. I now have a special place in my heart for all of you parents out there who have been navigating back-to-school transitions each year. It is not for the faint of heart. Transition is beautiful, empowering, and joyful. It is also exhausting, challenging, and emotionally fraught.
As we ease into fall and dig out our sweaters and rain boots, I am reflecting on what the season change means for my own life. Whether it is a major parenting milestone, a choice to revisit a goal that went sideways with the chaos of summer, or a commitment to more deeply engage with my community, I realize how thankful I am for nature’s reminders to pause, reflect, and adjust.
I wish you all a gentle transition into autumn. As parents, we don’t hear it enough, so my reminder to you is this: be gentle with and take care of yourself. Don’t forget you are not alone. Wishing you all yummy soup, warm drinks, and connection with your community.
Take care,


Jessica Lawmaster
Executive Director

Upcoming Events

September 22, 29 and October 6, 13, 20 & 27, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Adjusting to Parenthood - Seattle Holistic Center
Support group for new moms, focusing on the emotional adjustment to parenthood.

Thursday, September 28, 5:30 - 9:30 pm - West Seattle
Saturday, October 7, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Seattle

PEPS Leader Training
Want to lead a group? Please RSVP to Cate Palmer to attend an upcoming training.

October 8
Stroller Derby Seattle to benefit PEPS - Marymoor Park
RESCHEDULED: Fun, family 5K - and a portion of registration fees will support PEPS. Enter promotional code 'PEPS' to receive $10.00 off registration.

October 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
6 Steps to Create Your Will
Megan Gebhardt of Gebhardt Law Office will lead this popular PEPS workshop for parents and answer questions about wills and naming guardians for your children.

October 19, 7-9 pm & FREE Every Child Resource Fair 5-7 pm
Childhood Anxiety and ADHD: A Whole Family Approach - The Husky Union Building (HUB) at the University of Washington
ParentMap lecture and resource fair with Chris McCurry, Ph.D. Problem-solving techniques for helping your child overcome anxiety while recognizing your own. Use 'PEPS17' for a PEPS discount of $5 for the lecture ($10 at the door).

November 2, 7-9 pm
Table Captain Happy Hour
Please join us to learn about captaining a table at the 20th Annual PEPS Benefit Luncheon. It's a fun way to show your support for PEPS! And, please Save the Date for the best luncheon in town, Tuesday, March 6, 11 am - 1 pm at Fisher Pavilion



Let's go! to the Seattle Children's Museum

This September visitors to the Seattle Children's Museum, a PEPS sponsor, can find a new month of educational programming, with the theme Let's Go! They are exploring transportation, comparing the different ways we move around within our communities, region, and around the world.

It's time for Workplace Giving

Giving back to PEPS can be as easy as participating in your company's Workplace Giving Program. You can make a 1-time gift or choose a monthly payroll deduction to PEPS, and more of your favorite charities. A little bit every month adds up and it is a wonderful way to give back! We hope you name PEPS {EIN # 91-1212698} as a beneficiary of your workplace gift during your company's giving campaign this fall.

Did you know that parents can now find a PEPS Group in their neighborhood up to 9 months in advance?

Let friends know they should register for a group online soon - groups fill fast!
Thank you for helping us spread the word!

Welcome a new PEPS Network member - TAPS!

TAPS is a new member of the PEPS Network. Triangle Area Parenting Support has just opened its doors to new parents in Durham, Chapel Hill and N. Raleigh, North Carolina - Hurray for parent support!

Our year of reflection, learning and change: 2016 Impact Report

If there is ever a time where the need for connection cannot be automated or overlooked, it is when a parent welcomes a new baby to the world. At PEPS, we connect families with one another during this vulnerable time. Read the 2016 PEPS Impact Report to see our progress.


Articles & Resources

With this PEPS family, support is intergenerational

Deb says connection and community are absolutely crucial to new mothers - she knows. That's why, as a grandparent, she is so passionate about supporting PEPS, alongside her daughters Becky and Natalie.

Talking to Your Kids About Race (and other difficult things)

Talking about race is among the hardest things we are called to do as parents. Founder of Kids and Race Jasen Frelot shares this essay with tips that help us have these essential conversations with our kids.

How Living Abroad Changed Me, Made Me a Mother, and Birthed My Mission

"I'm what some people call a "Third Culture Kid - someone who grows up in a culture outside of their parents' original culture, or who grows up with parents from two different cultures." This new essay from doula & birth educator Anjelica Malone tells her story of living globally and finding her calling in supporting expecting and new moms.

Common Mistakes When It Comes to Making a Will

Megan Gephardt is a PEPS mom and a lawyer focused exclusively on wills. In this new article, she shares the most common mistakes when making a will.

Tiny Trees: A Muddy Photo Essay

What do you get when you remove the walls from a preschool? Short answer: mud, joy, adventure, science, nature, exercise. We asked Tiny Trees Preschool founder and CEO Andrew Jay about outdoor preschool and how Tiny Trees thinks about the high costs of preschool, with a focus on equity. Wait till you see the adorable in our first-ever photo essay on the PEPS blog!

Sneaky Sodium

The recommended daily sodium intake for kids is 1,500-2,300 milligrams, depending on age. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the average daily salt intake of kids ages 6 to 18 is 3,256 mg. Find helpful tips about sodium in your child's diet from Seattle Children's Hospital.

When It's Really Hard

I think I just had a true emotional breakdown. Turns out the stresses of motherhood and added female hormones can be the perfect recipe for feeling emotionally flooded. We all have them. Why do we pretend? A personal essay from PEPS mom Beth Morris.

Dad Next Door: For the Asking

Jeff Lee, MD of Seattle's Child talks about three questions asked around the dinner table and how for one family, those questions have affected not only their dinner conversations, but the way they look at their lives.


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