Celebrating Black Maternal Health Week!

Celebrating Black Maternal Health Week!

Black Maternal Health Week is a national campaign led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The week, held each year in April, is designed to promote awareness and advocacy for black birthing people, center the voices of pregnant people of color, and create a platform for Black led providers who focus efforts on reproductive justice and maternal health. In the US, we have the poorest maternal mortality rates out of all developed nations. That number is 3-4 times higher for Black women despite factors such as income and education.

In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, Peace at Home parenting will be offering our Healthy Birth Toolkit class at no cost. The class will be facilitated by one of our teachers of color, Autumn Cloud-Ingram. Autumn is a Licensed Master Social Worker, childbirth educator, and full spectrum doula. In addition, each day we will be highlighting a variety of care providers of color, (such as doulas, midwives, therapists), who support women through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.

Preventing child meltdowns

“Managing Meltdowns” – Facebook Live Round Table Tuesday March 23 at 8:15pm EST

Participate Tuesday, March 23rd at 8:15 pm in a free, live round table event, "Managing Meltdowns" for parents of children ages birth-8. Join presenters Ruth Freeman LCSW, JoAnn Robinson PhD, and Cora Megan MA to:

  • Learn why emotional meltdowns occur in young children
  • Learn how caregivers can manage their own distress during meltdowns
  • Learn positive approaches to help children calm down
  • Learn ways to talk with your child about strong feelings after they occur, and
  • Learn about positive routines to help prevent emotional meltdowns

Click "Get Reminded" on the event tab to get reminders when the event goes live. Submit your specific questions or concerns in the comments section at anytime prior to or during the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Recommended (but not required) recordings may be purchased and viewed for a discounted price of $10 for all three prior to attending this event here. These recordings include:

  • "I get so irritated"
  • "The Power of Playfulness"
  • "Taming Tantrums"

  • If you are in need of a scholarship or need your subscription code, please email info@peaceathomeparenting.com
    Price: $10.00
  • Apply code to view at no cost.
  • $0.00

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Navigate Screen Time: The New Normal 8pm 2/23 Facebook Live Event

Watch our FREE Facebook Live Event held on Tuesday, February 23>

Presenters:

Ruth Freeman LCSW
Amy Alamar Ed D
Autumn Cloud-Ingram LMSW
Aaron Weintraub MS

   

Now more than ever, screen time is a fact of life for parents and children. We will discuss the use and over-use of technology used for schoolwork, socializing, and leisure. We'll talk about the opportunities and challenges it presents to families during the new normal. Learn practical strategies parents and children can use to truly embrace this new digital frontier without fear and within reason. You will learn strategies to:

  • Teach your children digital citizenship
  • Develop an open conversation for the unpredictable
  • Help your child develop a strong moral filter
  • Support your child’s social life online and off

Audience: parents of children 2-18

To get the most out of this event, please consider watching one or both of the recommended recordings prior to attending by purchasing below for $5:

  • Technology and Young Children: How Much is Too Much?
  • Manage Screen Time: End the Power Struggles

  • If you are in need of a scholarship please email info@peaceathomeparenting.com
    Price: $5.00
  • Apply code to view at no cost.
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FREE Live Facebook Event: Positive Discipline, Peaceful Home (2-12 years old)

Positive Discipline, Peaceful Home (2-12 years old)- FREE Live Facebook Event

Please join Ruth Freeman, LCSW, Cora Megan, MA and Aaron Weintraub, MS for this LIVE FACEBOOK EVENT on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 8pm EST

We suggest that you watch the following recorded classes to prepare for our upcoming live Facebook event. Choose the best Positive Discipline Recording for the age(s) of your children.
  • Be Your Child's Calm Center, and
  • Positive Discipline for Peace at Home, or
  • Positive Discipline for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Purchase or use your subscription code in lieu of payment to watch anytime, anywhere:

  • If you are in need of a scholarship please email info@peaceathomeparenting.
    Price: $10.00
  • Apply code to view at no cost.
  • $0.00

Is your child spending too much time in time out? Are you concerned that you are too strict or too easy? Do you sometimes think there must be a better way?

During this Live Facebook Event, you may:

  • Ask questions on the spot, tell us about your challenges and hear from other parents
  • Discover myths that may keep you repeating ineffective discipline techniques (actually increasing misbehavior)
  • Learn strategies that increase and sustain child compliance (evidence-based, and attainable)

Gain simple, practical tools to raise cooperative, confident and connected children!

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Facebook LIVE: Depression and Anxiety in Children and Teens 7pm 12/30

Predictable days stabilize the lives of children and teens, but planning those days has been made more difficult for parents since the onset of the pandemic. Uncertainty, social isolation and parent distress all have on impact on the mental health of kids and teens. Join Peace At Home Parenting founder Ruth E. Freeman, LCSW and teachers Aaron Weintraub, MS and Denise Parent, LMFT and other concerned parents like yourself for a focused conversation to help you recognize symptoms and find solutions to address your child's emotional needs as well as your own.

View our last Facebook LIVE Panel event: Teens in Turbulent Times

Rewatch the FB Live Event – Meltdowns, Tantrums: Kids Simply Struggling to Behave

Watch our Facebook Live event when we talked about meltdowns, tantrums, and kids simply struggling to behave.

JoAnn Robinson, PhD, Peace At Home early childhood expert, parent and grandmother and Ruth Freeman, LCSW and Peace At Home Founder had a informational discussion on Emotional Meltdowns and Behavior Struggles in Young Children.

Fitness Doesn’t Have To Be Formal

For many of us parents, he daily to-do list is so long that some things are bound to go undone. The things that end up getting scratched from the list are often what we so desperately need for ourselves, for our own well-being. Talking to parents, especially those with young children at home, I find that one of the first things to get ignored from that ever-present list is fitness. 

There is just no time for yourself when you are doing everything for everyone else, and there is certainly not time for an hour or two at the gym, right? The truth is that while a 5k run or bootcamp classes certainly have their merit and value, fitness doesn’t always have to be structured or formal. There are many ways to include activity into your day on those days when spare minutes feel about as impossible as finding those matching baby socks. 

There is plenty of pressure to have the perfect workout or spend an hour on your Peleton, but reality is a different story. Sometimes all we can muster are 5 minutes at a time in between house chores, distance learning, and outdoor play time. Those 5 minutes at a time can add up throughout the day. If you allow yourself the grace to let your fitness get a little bit messy, a little bit chaotic sometimes, we can lift that stress that builds up around working out and help ourselves make the most out of the limited time we have. Let’s figure out how to fit fitness into your life without it becoming a burden. Here are some easy suggestions we can follow to help fitness turn more into self-care and less into an added stressor. 

Make moving the priority, not working out. 

The most important thing to remember about physical movement is that it is an essential part of self-care, even during the busiest of times. Note that I used the term physical movement here instead of fitness, because sometimes just moving is enough. Focusing on “moving” instead of “working out” can decrease the stress of it all just by a mindset change.  It can be a walk with the kids, running around in the yard with them for 10 minutes, or just staying on your feet and moving when at the playground, instead of sitting on a bench. (Of course, sometimes as parents, we do need that time to just sit on the bench too!). The point is, when life gets so hectic that the structured workouts simply aren’t going to happen, just finding ways to move must be a conscious decision. 

Small bursts add up. 

When it comes to fitness, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. All of your physical activity doesn’t have to come at the same time in the day. Ideally get 30 minutes to yourself for some exercise, but we all know that that can’t happen every day. Intentionally taking 5 minutes, 5 times during the day adds up to 25 minutes of physical movement that you wouldn’t otherwise have had. And you truly can do a lot in 5 minutes. Try making yourself a plan at the beginning of each day. You can spend 5 minutes alternating between squats and lunges, another 5 minutes working on your core. 5 more doing some push ups and plank holds, and there you have 15 minutes of full body exercise. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing. And some days that’s all we can hope for. 

Give yourself grace. 

It is so easy to get caught up in the mindset that you have to have the best work out every time you exercise. But life often has other plans, especially for parents of young children. I often don’t even have time to change into workout clothes, let alone plan and execute a killer fitness session. But forgiving myself for that is a huge part of being successful with fitness in this crazy season of life. If you get one or two quality workouts per week and the rest have to be “on the fly”, that is enough. 

Physical movement is a stress reliever. Its a gift to your kids and a great way to take care of your mind and your body in one shot. The key is to find ways to keep it from being yet another stressor in your life. Let your toddler “lead” you in a workout, forget about the routines and just run like crazy around the backyard. Play leapfrog in the driveway or do sets of squats and lunges while your little one colors a picture. However you can fit it in, it’s the right way. Fitness doesn’t have to be formal to be physically and mentally beneficial.