Happy New Year, friends!
This year at PEPS, we are diving deeper into connection: human connection and the impact that community has on new parents. PEPS reaches families right away - within weeks of their new baby's arrival. We know that the needs of babies and their parents can't wait: these earliest days and weeks of navigating parenthood are fundamental for everyone's health and well-being. When families have community to count on during the early highs and lows of having a new baby, they build confidence, they learn together, they gain an extra layer of concrete support, and they build resilience to navigate challenges as they arise.
As you ease into the new year, we hope you will join us for our 20th Annual Luncheon, Counting on Community, on March 6 . We will be sharing more about what is on the horizon for PEPS and celebrating the power of community for new parents.
Wishing you a 2018 full of love, family, and community to count on,
Jessica Lawmaster 
Executive Director


January 26 and February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 11:30 - 1 pm
Adjusting to Parenthood - Seattle Holistic Center
Drop-in for extra emotional support during the first year.
Volunteer Training: Upcoming Dates
Want to lead a group? Please RSVP to Cate Palmer to attend an upcoming training.
  • Tuesday, January 23, Tuesday, 5:30 - 9:30 pm, Columbia City (Church of Hope)
  • Saturday, February 3, Wallingford (Good Shepherd Center), 9:00 am - 1 pm
  • Thursday, February 15, Edmonds (Community College), 5:30 - 9:30 pm

January 27 & February 10
Find the preschool for you at these resource fairs offered around the area for in-person connections between parents and early learning resources for their child. 150+ participating organizations. Visit  parentmap.com/preschoolpreviews  to learn more. And, ParentMap's Camp Fairs start Feb 3 - it's not too early to plan your summer!

February 6, 6:30-8:30 pm
Diary of a Wimpy DadMountlake Terrace, Diamond Knot Brewpub @ MLT
What does it mean to be a "real" man? Join us and presenter Fred Capestany for good questions and conversation at this PEPS dad's night out. Register to attend this fun event.

March 6, 11 am - 1 pm
PEPS Benefit Luncheon - Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion
Join us and bring your friends to the 20th Annual PEPS Benefit Luncheon. We have a lot planned - including keynote from Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, Nikki Silvestri.  Reserve your seat here.
Keynote Speaker: Nikki Silvestri, Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow
Clear your plate for the best luncheon in town! 
March 6 at Fisher Pavilion

Don't miss the 20th Annual PEPS Benefit Luncheon. It's going to be a great time to catch up with friends, find out what's happening at PEPS, hear from keynote speaker Nikki Silvestri and show your support for parents!

PEPS Articles & Resources
What does it really mean to raise globally-minded children?
"On the islands of Guam and Puerto Rico, I realized that a single, meaningful, soul-filling event with another person or family could really be more than enough for an entire week." Doula Anjelica Malone shares practical - and fun - ways her family puts global citizenship into action.
Partnership brings parent support to teen moms  
PEPS partnered with Cocoon House, the Snohomish Health District, and Crossroads High School to offer a PEPS Group to teen moms. Read about this fabulous collaboration
Why I Love Raising a Toddler    
PEPS mom Jessica Towns is getting a little tired of the "brutally honest" stories out there and instead, shares this new post on what's positive about parenting
A new way to define "parenting"    
"'Parent' is not actually a verb, not a form of work." 

Tracy Cutchlow, author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science, quotes from a new book and reflects on ways of being in the world - rather than doing.   
How to use books to talk about race
" Story time is a great time to teach your kids to be noticers." Jasen Frelot shares practical ideas for noticing both erasure and negative depictions of people of color in books we read with our kids.  And, you can also check out a video from Sproutable with an interview with Jasen
Groups Starting in April
Spring groups are available! Please  register for Baby Peppers, Little Peppers, Second Time Around and NEW Evening Groups just for moms. New locations in Columbia City, Renton and more - please help us spread the word!

How I learned to stop powering through      
Do you find yourself just powering through parenting? PEPS mom and writer Shawna Gamaches shares this final segment in the series, Beyond Baby Steps and what taking time for herself really means.
Partners & Self-care      
"You are a team in this parenting adventure - try to help each other ... making time and space available for these things to happen for each other." Great ideas from local doula Melinda Ferguson on partners and self-care!  
Catch up on all the great things we are doing at PEPS
Attend a fun, quick 2-hour refresher training for experienced facilitators who plan to lead groups in 2018 (held at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford unless noted).
  • March 7, 6:30 - 8:30,  Redmond (Together Center)
  • May 5, Saturday, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • July 16, Monday,  9:30 - 11:30 am, West Seattle (Fauntleroy YMCA)
  • September 8, Saturday, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • November 3, Saturday, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Learn more >
New Year's Resolutions Your Family Will Actually Stick To      
Fun-filled ideas from The Little Gym of Kent/Renton for small, attainable and family-friendly resolutions.  
Kid encounters with nature: Free! 
"It may be dark, cold and dripping, but Seattle's natural areas teem with life in the winter months." Seattle's Child shares fun, natural ways to explore our regional parks!

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

4 Life Hacks From a First-Time Stepmom      
"Becoming a stepparent is one of the most rewarding yet challenging things that I've ever done, and my first year came with so many ups and downs." ParentMap shared this story for a fresh start to the year of parenting.
Have you read them all?  
Favorite PEPS blog posts of 2017 are a great way to catch up on posts from Jasen Frelot and board member and early ed expert Debbie LeeKeenan as well as heartwarming, real and practical posts throughout the year .  
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