Welcome to Community Health Partner's Parents as Teachers newsletter. We are still serving our friends, neighbors and clients from our phones, our computers, our offices and park benches. And we are still enrolling new clients. Keep our program in mind.
Health & Courage to you. - Rie, Meredith, Sheryl, Patty, Stacy & John
Erin and Rie met when Rie accompanied the Park County Nurse on a home visit when Dean was a brand-new baby. Rie kept visiting. Dean is now 5 and started kindergarten this Fall. What stands out for Erin looking back over the past 5 years? Rie’s constant calmness.
"Rie made me feel less alone. It didn’t matter what was happening, I could just call her, and she’d be so calm, reminding me whatever Dean was going through was totally normal."
One of Erin’s favorite moments was Rie just holding Dean on a visit when he wouldn’t stop crying. Another was when Dean started pushing boundaries as a toddler. Rie came with ideas and activities that helped.
Rie was quick to point out that Erin handled transitions like a champ. "Erin moved with grace through the many transitions and Dean thrived through it all. Breastfeeding successfully. Dean hit his developmental milestones. Erin learned and practiced research-based early childhood parenting techniques in her daily life. Erin regularly sought community resources."
Erin's favorite part of parenting is the joy she feels watching Dean grow and learn. Dean is funny and has a great sense of humor. Lately, he loves telling jokes and performing magic tricks. He is kind! Erin also loves witnessing his random moments of empathy, like watching through the window of his preschool as he notices the sadness of a child who got left out and goes and shares a toy with him.
Erin dreams for the future. She wants to help new moms gain confidence and not feel so alone. She attributes many of her successes to the love and support she's felt from Rie and the Learning Partners team for the last five years.
Reading with your child every day during the first few years of life has incredible benefits! Here's a few recommendations to help celebrate and create conversations around diversity:
The Barefoot Book of Children, by Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma, and David Dean
Say Something, by Peter H. Reynolds
This is How We Do It: one day in the lives of seven kids from around the world, by Matt Lamothe
All Are Welcome, by Alexandria Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman
Princesses Save The World, by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim
Do you know someone we can help?
In Livingston and Park County, contact Stacy. 406.823.6356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In West Yellowstone, contact Patty. 218.689.4537 or email@example.com.