Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mommy and Me Classes Start Next Week

If you're a new Mom you may have noticed that there is an instant bond formed between you and other new Moms. The conversation flows endlessly, you learn from each other and support each other. Now throw a few more mommies and babies and a child development specialist in the mix and you have a party...or, as we like to call it "Mommy and Me."

Mommy & Me is an informal education support group for first time moms with infants 6 weeks to 18 months. Come meet other new moms and learn from each other and the facilitator. Various topics of your choice will be discussed, such as adjusting to parenthood, sleeping, feeding, and development. The groups will be facilitated by Joan (Joanie) Nolen. Joanie is a well known child development specialist and parenting educator currently working in center city Philadelphia. She has over 17 years of experience in the field of parent education. Joan is a former elementary and preschool teacher and the mother of three grown children.

Parenting can be extremely challenging and many parents find the transition and adjustment to their new role overwhelming. Parenting skills need to be learned. New parents need information and support to develop these skills. Research has shown how you respond to your child in the early years can influence how he or she interacts with their world throughout life. Children need a nurturing and stimulating environment. The goal of Mommy and Me is for you to feel more comfortable and secure in handling your child’s behavior and to teach you how to satisfy your own needs as well as your child’s so you can relax and enjoy each other.

We are offering two Mommy and Me classes. Adjusting to Parenthood is for infants 0-3 months old. It's a 6 week session starting this coming Tuesday, October 6th. Creepers and Crawlers is for infants 3-6 months. This is also a 6 week session and it starts next Friday, October 9th. For more information please see our website.

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