We believe families do a lot of positive things every day to keep their children safe and to help them grow. “Parents Like Us” works to identify these local positive parenting practices and to promote them more widely in our community. Using both a parent survey and small group conversations, “Parents Like Us” has identified a number of key beliefs and practices that most local families share in common- now we want to let everyone know the good things we found.
Kids (especially infants) never seem to get to sleep or stay asleep through the night, but when they do – we want to make sure they are doing so safely. We all have seen those elaborate newborn rooms on TV that have the sculpted tree that takes up half the room and a crib full of soft blankets and stuffed animals to entertain the baby, but that’s not reality. While it’s never fun to think or even read about, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is the leading cause of death in babies 1 month to 1 year of age. Having a safer sleep environment lowers the risks while giving the best possible care for your newborn.
Reaching Families is a Linn County project that helps identify and assist parents who are struggling with depression. The program specifically offers help in overcome barriers that may keep parents who have depression from receiving the professional help they deserve.
On Their Own & Ok
There isn’t a magic age at which an individual is child is instantly mature enough to stay home alone for limited periods of time. The “On Their Own and OK” project offers information to help parents determine if their child has the skills, maturity and confidence to safely stay home alone.