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We stand for a vision where violence against communities of color ends, and we envision a world of healthy, resilient communities where Black lives matter. Dear Families and Supporters of Family, We are writing today in solidarity with the daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, grandparents, uncles and aunties who have lost loved ones because of institutional racism, oppression...

By Andrea Haffner, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist Secure Beginnings Senior Clinical Advisor The period before and after the birth of a baby is one of immense change and adjustment and can evoke a great range of feelings, from profound joy and connection to great worry, insecurity, and sadness. The experience of motherhood is complicated, and for...

by Carol Castanon Secure Beginnings Parent Consultant Our world is both global and home based.  We are walking a tightrope between the enormity of a pandemic and the intimacy of family and friends.  One way to think about this moment is to simply think about protecting children when we can.  We find ways to recover together,...

By Andrea Haffner Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Secure Beginnings Senior Clinical Advisor In this extended time of social distancing, you and your family may be experiencing a huge range of feelings, and those feelings may change from day to day and minute to minute. There may be times in which you feel greater quiet, appreciation,...

By Carol Castanon Secure Beginnings Parent Consultant Sheltering in place has been a dramatic reminder of the power of meaningful connections. We might be plenty worried about others, or not, but the shifts in our daily lives revolve around the change in the proximity of relationships. Relationships at the market, the playground, work, school, childcare, or...

By Carol Castanon Secure Beginnings Parent Consultant I’m wondering how you are holding up?  Like yours, my family has elders, working parents, childcare, young children, and pregnancy.  Some of my family have health challenges and some of my family and dear friends are in senior communities.  I’m thinking about our threads of human connection and how we uphold our family’s...

by Ellen Nightingale “What does a ParentCare volunteer do?” is a frequent question both a soon to be parent and a potential ParentCare volunteer might ask. It was the first question I asked when I landed at the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center in 2013; 31 weeks pregnant with my second child and the ParentCare program was...

This stage of development can often bring new challenges in the parent child relationship. Toddlers are fast, bold and opinionated. Curiously, while they are finding their voice in the world, a tot may also be shy in the company of others. A parent may want their child to be “friendly or respectful” to others, and cooperate at home....

With baby’s first birthday, many parents and caregivers feel a sense of accomplishment, relief, and joy after their first year together as a family. Baby may have spoken a first word or taken a first step. By this time, patterns have emerged so that feeding, diapering, sleeping and playing times are somewhat predictable. Daily routines have often been established....

The infant stage of child and parent At about 4 months of age, most babies begin to smile on volition, laugh, gaze with reciprocity, and refine their cues. Parents have been practicing the fullness of parenthood. Communicating with your baby can be playful, but it’s also important in building a partnership in the caregiving needs of...