Happy fall, PEPS friends!
I dropped my oldest at her first day of first grade this week. She was timid, but tear-free - an improvement over last year. After I said goodbye, I paused and lingered a bit outside and spied on her through the window. I couldn't help but look around her classroom at all of the new friends she will make, and around at the other lingering parents around me. This will be our community this year, and likely beyond. I left feeling peace and gratitude about that, and was reminded for the gazillionth time how important community is to our wellbeing.
I hope you will find some time to indulge in this month's newsletter. It is full of a variety of supportive perspectives on parenthood and community. I was particularly grateful for learning about Anjelica Malone's approach to parenting with rhythms, rather than routines.
I'm wishing you all a peaceful rhythms and graceful transitions into fall.

Jessica Lawmaster
Executive Director


September 14, 21 & 28 and October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Adjusting to Parenthood - Seattle Holistic Center
Drop-in for extra emotional support during the first year.
September 18 or 22 
Ready to lead a Group? Attend an upcoming training! Find details on locations, dates and times as well as Refresher Training for experienced leaders. 

September 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Parenting with Identity in Mind  - Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
PEPS Community Event on how parents instill positive self-identity in kids and coach them to be positive influences on others. $10; Register Today!
September 29, 10 am - 12 pm
New and Expecting Parent Resource Fair - Burien Community Center
We're hosting a FREE Resource Fair for new and expecting parents! Check out local resources for parents in south King County and see what they have to offer new families. Visit with local providers, hear about support and resources, enter to win a door prize! Featuring: Early Days, Families of Color Seattle: FOCS, NAPS Doulas, Nurturing Pathways, PALS Doulas, PEPS, Puget Sound Birth Center, Southwest Youth and Family Services, Valley Medical Center and Westside Baby.

October 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm 
6 Steps to Create Your Will Verity Credit Union
Attend this PEPS Community Event with Megan Gebhardt, of Gebhardt Law Office, to start the process of creating your own estate plan, designate guardians for your children and learn about options for including the causes you are passionate about in your plan. $10; Register Today!

PEPS Articles & Resources
What about your parents?
"It is frustrating to deal with figuring out how to pay bills for your parent on top of worrying about their health and how to make health care decisions for them." Megan Gebhardt, of Gebhardt Law Office, has ideas about how to approach conversations with respect for your parent's privacy. She will lead a PEPS Community Event Oct 24!
Co-leading, Sister Style
Julia's story as a new group leader really caught our eye at PEPS. When she attended the group leader training, it was surprising - and exciting - to learn that Julia would be co-leading with her sister Emily. Check out the post to see how their different experiences are helping make this partnership work
Does your employer offer a workplace giving program? 
Many companies are kicking off their programs now!
Workplace giving is an easy, efficient way to make tax-deductible donations to charities you care about.  PEPS receives workplace gifts from employees at Microsoft, Boeing, Bank of America, GE, City of Seattle, University of Washington, Symetra, Russell Investments and more. We encourage you to consult your company's HR department to find out if your employer offers a workplace giving program . We hope you choose PEPS as one of the beneficiaries of your giving.
What is Vitamin K and Why Does Your Baby Need It?

Since 1961 the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended vitamin K injections for newborns within hours of birth. 


Recently, as increased numbers of parents refuse vitamin K, doctors are seeing a corresponding increase in vitamin K deficiency bleeding. Read more of this Right as Rain post at UW Medicine.

Planning a Better Playdate
"Playdates aren't parenting pageants. I wish I'd learned that earlier. Now, I let it alllll hang out on playdates. I'm so much happier for it!" 

PEPS mom Shawna Gamache shares lots of practical and insider tips about playdates for all ages - even the adults!

Sign up today - Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah/Sammamish, Redmond/Kirkland, Woodinville, SW Snohomish County Groups forming now.
Choosing Rhythms Over Routines 
While setting and sticking with goals is important, we must also give ourselves more grace and room to make changes when things aren't working as we intended. 

As we start this new school year and fall season, Anjelica Malone writes about seeking ways to incorporate healthy rhythms in your daily life: "Try embracing a technique of rhythm over routine."
Table Captain Profile: Suz Fix
"Being a Table Captain is a way of showing my gratitude for the network of amazing women I now have in my life." Suz recruited a friend to co-captain with her and their table was a big success! Read her pro tips for the Luncheon!

Join us to learn more at our Table Captain Happy Hour Thursday, November 8. 
Will I miss it?
"I didn't want to carry any junk into my new home. As I studied each paperweight or yet another wooden spoon, I asked myself: Will I miss it? Most of the time, there was an easy answer.  Until I got to the baby gear."
PEPS mom and writer Jessica Towns talks about moving to a new home

Developing Critical Thinking
Parents can help their kids develop problem-solving skills by asking open-ended questions, letting your child experiment, and brainstorming creative solutions. Read more ideas about critical thinking from PEPS sponsor Bright Horizons. 
Could your picky eater actually be a supertaster? 
Seattle's Child has lots of info about kids and food this month, including one on supertasters, when kids choose to be vegetarian, parent tips for raising good eaters, and insights from Dr. Jeff Lee on when the lunchbox is still full when his daughter gets home. 
Worldschooling uses travel as a basis for a child's education. A local mom shares how they will teach their kids as they travel for the next three years. 

Build Your Community at The Riveter

At The Riveter, fall is a great time to connect with other parents, build your network, and find a new way to be involved in the community. Join The Riveter by Sept. 30 and get three months of membership for the price of two at our Capitol Hill, Fremont or Bellevue locations! (Excludes private offices.) 

Visit theriveter.co/plans and use promo code "3FOR2."
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