Happy Summer, PEPS friends,
 
At PEPS, as the Deputy Director I focus on the operational side of the organization - HR, technology, finance and communications. Over the last several years we've been committed to finding ways to do our work and make our workplace even better.
 
Just like with so much of the work we do parenting - the late-night feedings, the childcare juggle, the laundry and the emotional labor, there's a lot that's unseen in order for PEPS to connect more than 3,500 parents each year in PEPS Groups. We've utilized technology to find more effective ways to register parents, rolled out a new employee handbook and paid parental leave policy and even set up a space in our office and a signup system so moms in our building can have a private and comfortable place to pump.
 
We've also intentionally made connection part of our culture for our  14 staff members. We start our meetings with time to connect and end them with time for gratitude. We developed staff agreements that push us to assume the best in each other, be curious and open to discomfort and seek out opportunities to learn. All these shifts, big and small, help make our staff more inspired to keep up the critical work we do, to connect new parents and build resilient, healthy communities and families.
 
In this newsletter, you can read a bit more about some of the things the PEPS Staff has been up to - from producing 8 new videos to enhance our leader training to translating our curriculum into Spanish. And of course, we also offer lots of other stories and perspectives on parenting.
 
Enjoy, and we see you and everything you do PEPS Parents!

Dana Guy
Deputy Director
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Calendar

July 20 & 27 and August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Adjusting to Parenthood - Seattle Holistic Center
Drop-in for extra emotional support during the first year.

Volunteer Training - Upcoming Dates
Interested in leading a PEPS Group? Please RSVP to Cate Palmer to attend an upcoming training.
  • August 15, Wednesday, 5:30 - 9:30 pm - Fauntleroy YMCA, West Seattle
  • September 6, Thursday, 5:30 - 9:30 pm - Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
  • September 18, Tuesday, 5:30- 9: 30 pm - Church of Hope, Columbia City 
September 8, 4 - 6 pm
Grandparents Day Happy Hour - SAVE THE DATE
We will celebrate National Grandparents Day with happy hour refreshments. Jan Faull will lead out topic discussion. Tell the grandparents to RSVP for this FREE PEPS event

September 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Parenting with Identity in MindYoungstown Cultural Arts Center
Register for this PEPS Community Event to discuss and learn how we can instill positive self-identity in our children and coach them to be positive influences on others' identities. Facilitated by local educator Rosetta Lee. $10; Register Today!

PEPS Articles & Resources
Translating the PEPS Curriculum
"Translating the PEPS material made me realize that even though the parenting journey is different for every parent, the difficulties we face are almost the same in both Latin American and US cultures," said translator  Katja Petersen.  Read more about the Spanish translation for PEPS
Rules of the (Open) Road
To Share or Not to Share? Many of us will be traveling this summer, with our kids and smartphones in tow. And who doesn't want to document these precious summer memories? 3 questions have made me pause before I post. Read more from PEPS parent Emily Cherkin
New Parent? 5 Baby Basics This Pediatrician Wants You to Know
It's hard to know how best to parent a new baby when there are so many shifting trends. Dr. Cynthia Kertesz of UW Medicine shares ideas for new parents
New Training Videos for Leaders
One new leader said, "I feel like watching the video for this session was helpful in preparing me for responding to a variety of issues and for balancing the individual with the group." Find out more about this leap forward for training and supporting leaders at PEPS. 
Newborn groups start all the time! 
From east to west to north to south - PEPS is reaching families in our community. 78% of PEPS parents heard about it from a friend or neighbor - that could be YOU!


Help us spread the word about PEPS. 
Enjoying the Diapering Years
Make up a diaper dance or a special song you sing during diaper changes and turn this dirty deed in to a special bonding moment with your baby. 

Are you interested in writing for the PEPS blog?

We're looking for essays, stories, articles, personal and professional takes on parenting and PEPS! We are interested in all kinds of stories - humorous, helpful, heartwarming and more. Please let us know! Email 
lauras@peps.org.
Refreshing Goals for Fall
With their flagship location on Capitol Hill, and their space in Fremont, The Riveter is opening its doors at a new Bellevue location in Fall 2018.

Anita Tourigny is a PEPS mom and now a PEPS grandma! 

Anita loves PEPS because as a retired Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner, she understands  the importance of parents  getting out of the house,  making social connections,  and finding confidence and  support in their new role.  Best part? Her son - that  PEPS baby - is now a PEPS  parent himself!  Congrats to  this multi-generational  PEPS family, and THANK  YOU Anita for your ongoing financial support  gift that helps parents in  our community to thrive!
Jéhan Òsanyìn: Seattle-based storyteller on making wild spaces accessible
Read this interview with Jéhan Òsanyìn . She works with youth, theatre and the outdoors and is a recent  Creativity Connects fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts. "The simple act of folks from marginalized communities being in wild and wilderness spaces is  revolutionary. "

And, thanks to everyone for making PEPS a winner in the ParentMap Golden Teddy Awards!
Let's Give the Babies a Shout-Out
On Friday, July 27 from 10 am - 12 pm, parents, babies and toddlers will meet up to stroll around Lakewood Park with local policymakers to talk about issues, policies, legislation that affect families and young children.  It's called S trolling Thunder™ and it's part of the  Think Babies™ campaign. Join PEPS at the event - Details Here
Family Vacation 101

Road Trip Tips with PEPS peeps Mimi Jung and Sarina Natkin, along with Jake Whittenberg from King 5.

Visit our corporate sponsors!

 

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