Maybe you’re on your maiden journey into diaper changing and sleep loss, or perhaps you’re a second- or third-time pro when it comes to potty training your walking, talking “I can do it!” toddler. Regardless, we all need a little support. Whether you need last-minute drop-in child care to finish those errands tantrum free, or some much-needed comic relief and insight from your favorite mama blogger, here are some of your top picks.
Parent Support Program
Winner: Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS)
For almost three decades, PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) has been offering new parents the guidance, support and community that many long for as they take their first steps into parenthood. Serving more than 1,900 families each year, PEPS helps makes formal connections between neighbors with newborns, older infants and families that have both an infant and a toddler. Voters had plenty to say about their ongoing appreciation for PEPS, including that it offers “invaluable support” when it is needed most and that they “were able to make life-long family friends in the area” that they still see years later.
Woodinville Family Preschool was a top choice for parent support, with one voter declaring that she “made new friends and enriched [her] parenting community by being a part of this co-op preschool.”
Ann Keppler’s Seattle First Weeks class (located at Birth & Beyond in Madison Valley) was another fan favorite for parents, with one voter commenting that it “kept me safe and gave me knowledge, confidence and camaraderie.”
Seattle parenting consultant Rebecca Michi was also a top pick for parent support for her “accessible, affordable” and “supportive” services.
Mommy Matters, offering classes in the Seattle area, earns votes for its “great instructors,” “down to earth support” and for allowing parents “to meet awesome moms doing their best with toddlers.”
With an expert team of early emotional development therapists on hand for guidance, it’s no wonder that Wellspring Family Services’ new parent services were a hit among voters. One fan writes, “Caring staff and a great resource during the most personally challenging time of my life - learning how to be a good parent!”
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