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Healthy Eating Habits

By Megan McQueen Fall feels like a good time to reset our family routines. We are adjusting to new school schedules and still flush with delicious summer produce. There have been times that my kids have been less than enthusiastic about the food I have made. There are days that I don’t have the time […]

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For Parenting Educators: Creating a Positive Environment

Mindful ways to create a positive environment in your parenting education classes. By Megan McQueen. As leaders of a class, we shape the culture and feel of our environments. Whether we meet online or in person, our energy can be contagious. When I take a moment before class to energize myself and ground myself in […]

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Parenting in the Summer

Parenting educators share tips for finding fun and structure in our families this summer. By Megan McQueen. For many families, there is a whole different vibe to parenting in the summer. Our kids want summer to be epic and carefree. We need them to be cared for and occupied to continue our work. Sometimes I […]

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Can an educator show their Pride? Supporting LGBTQ+ families and professionals

One educator’s story with tips and resources for Pride month. By Linse Sullivan. I am monitoring lunch time, opening fruit snacks and talking with students. A kindergartener comes up to me and asks, “are you a boy or a girl?” While colleagues rush over with apologies and admonitions, I love that question. Kids are curious, […]

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Jewish American Heritage Month

By Megan McQueen Although I did not grow up in a Jewish home, I grew up in a community with many Jewish families. I went to the temple with my friends, celebrated sacred holidays in their homes, and worked in the nursery school at the local Jewish Community Center. Close friendships humanized Jewish history for […]

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For Parenting Educators: The Power of Our Mindset

By Megan McQueen. As parenting educators, we celebrate growth in families. This fulfilling journey can bring us joy as we reflect on the changes made along the way. But sometimes, we may notice judgment creeping into our thoughts about the families we support. When my oldest child was a toddler and labeling colors, singing ABCs, […]

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Newborn Needs

By Megan McQueen The “fourth trimester,” or newborn phase, is unique for families. Snuggling a sleeping baby and watching them become aware of the world around them compares to nothing else. As many families fall in love with their newborns, they may also be learning many new skills and feel overwhelmed. Each of my babies […]

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Domestic Abuse

By Megan McQueen When your haven at home becomes a place of fear and pain, taking steps to care for your family may feel overwhelming. Creating a safety plan and support system can provide a sense of empowerment. You can love your family, while also taking steps to protect yourself and your children from exposure […]

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Tweens, Teens, and Screens

By Megan McQueen. As a parent of adolescents, I struggle with how much my kids are “plugged in.” When I consider my hopes for them – compassionate, curious lives with fulfilling relationships – I wonder if their time on screens will help encourage these lives or become a barrier to them. It is not always […]

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Integrating Mindfulness in Parenting Education Classes

By Megan McQueen. As a parent, I’ve found that the path to my best self is space. I need space to cultivate my interests, but also space between an event and my reaction. At that moment, I can collect myself, calm myself, and choose how I want to react. Putting this simple concept into action […]