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>


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.
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Does My Child Need To Be In Therapy?

By Katherine Bergamo

Maybe you are thinking about taking your child to see a therapist. Or maybe you are just wondering about whether your child’s behavior is in the “normal” range. Maybe a teacher or childcare provider has expressed some concerns. In any case, you probably have questions, the main one being, “how can I help?”

Here are some important tips to help you get started:

How do I know if my child needs therapy?

Your child may not vocalize that they need, or are interested, in therapy.  If your child is displaying any of these signs, it may be time to talk to someone – ask yourself, Does my child…

  • Have trouble managing emotions or behaviors
  • Seem distressed or upset for more than a few weeks
  • Have problems in more than one setting – like both home and school or school and childcare
  • Display behavior is getting in the way of everyday activities
  • And finally, if your efforts to support your child are not helping, it may be time to ask for help.

Every child is unique and displays their emotions and behaviors differently.  Your child may display different signs than the ones listed above. You know your child best. If you feel they are struggling and in need of help, reach out and speak to a therapist.

How do I Choose a Therapist for My Child?

It’s important to choose a therapist that you, your family, and your child trust. Start by asking people you trust – medical professionals, teachers, or maybe even friends and family. Most professionals recommend a therapist that is licensed such as a social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, or a marriage and family therapist. A good place to begin is to find a therapist whose training matches your specific concerns.  These concerns could be family issues, anxiety, depression, behavior problems, divorce, or other major family transitions to name a few.  Don’t hesitate to ask the therapist about their experience in treating the specific concerns you have and ask about the approaches that they use. It helps to ask if the approach is “evidence-based,” which means research has shown these strategies to be effective with children who have these particular challenges.

Trust your instincts and listen to your child. Make sure you support your child to see the therapist for at least 4 weeks and then assess the person and the process together. As a parent, you want to be sure that your child is seeing a therapist who includes you in the process, invites you to be part of goal setting, and offers you specific guidance about ways you can support your child.

There are no wrong questions to ask the therapist, just as there are no wrong answers to give the therapist.  Here are a few questions to get you started:

  • What is your experience treating this kind of problem?
  • Do you expect us (parents) to be involved in sessions with our child?
  • Will you meet with us separately?
  • Will you develop behavior plans to try at home?
  • Will you ask us to help our child practice new skills?
  • Help us understand how therapy works and how it might be helpful for our particular child.

For more on this topic, please check out our class, “Children and Therapy: Let’s Talk.”