Foundations of Infant Sleep on the Web
Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

Foundations of Infant Sleep on the Web

Learn the What and Why of Infant Sleep and Infant Sleep Challenges

On the Web November 24th

Sleep: we all need it to be healthy. But it's not always easy to come by with babes and young children in the house.

Join me on Saturday November 24th for an interactive, virtual sleep workshop. This workshop will give you the information and tools you need to support sleep in the early days and beyond. The best part is if you sleep in and miss it, it will be recorded and available for you to watch when it's right for you!

This workshop is ideal for pregnant women and partners, parents with young infants, or professionals wanting to understand more about the biological basis of infant sleep. It provides an overview of what to expect, how to problem solve typical sleep challenges (so you may not need a sleep trainer), and when to seek more support. The information is applicable to older infants too and will help in understanding why sleep issues emerge and how to support sleep. Medical issues that contribute to sleep challenges, how to rule them out, and how to address them will also be discussed.

Invoices are available for Ontario residents who have Occupational Therapy coverage.

The cost for this 90 minute class is $50 per couple (caregivers in the same household).  Register and pay before November 17 for the fee of $40. Participants will:

  • Be able to listen and participate in the live 90 minute workshop on-line;

  • Have access to the workshop video recording to re-watch (or to watch for the first time if life gets busy and you cannot attend live!). The recording will be available for two weeks following the class;

  • Receive a handout with basic concepts covered in the class;

  • Receive a resource list with book and website recommendations related to infant sleep;

  • Receive an invitation to a free 30 minute Q&A about infant sleep approximately one week after the class. This Q&A will be open to all past participants and will be an opportunity to ask questions that you didn’t think of during the workshop! For those who cannot attend the live class (e.g. you’re in the Pacific Time Zone and that is just too early!), this recording allows you access to the workshop at a time that fits your schedule.

The value of this 1.5 hour workshop and 30 minute Q&A is that, armed with information and strategies, you may find you feel you have the tools you need to ride out and support the sleep challenges you and your family are experiencing. However, if you find that you want more support, you’ll be leaps ahead in terms of understanding the basics of infant sleep. A private sleep consultations are available to Ontario residents by phone or video ($100/hour) or through a home visit ($250). Rates for private consultation are expected to increase November 1st.


For more information or to register e-mail me or call 905-749-8254 or complete the online form, which will also place you on a mailing list for future events. Register before November 17 for an early rate of $40 per family.

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Jan
19
11:00 AM11:00

Meet & Greet!

I’ve got my feet planted firmly in my private practice. I’ve settled into the rhythm of Niagara. And now, after a year in Niagara, it’s time for an official launch!

Come on in from the cold to enjoy some warm drinks and snacks, get a discount for registering early for one of my February workshops, and enter your name for a chance to win a gift basket. Share you stories, ask about my approach, and take some time to connect with me in person. I’d love to see you there!

Drop by Movement Unlimited Inc at 178 Highway 20 in Fonthill between 11am and 2pm. Be among the first 50 to come by and say hi to get a grab bag full of goodies.

Feel free to drop me an email at heather@heatherboyd.ca to let me know if you plan to come by.

Warmly,

Heather

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Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Foundations of Infant Sleep

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This 90 minute workshop will cover the same content as my on-line Foundations of Infant Sleep seminar but with more hands on opportunities and more interaction.

The cost of this workshop is $50 —a partner, spouse, or co-parent is welcome to attend with you. Register before February 1st for a reduced fee of $40.

Email heather@heatherboyd.ca to hold your spot.

Sleep: we all need it to be healthy. But it's not always easy to come by with babes and young children in the house.

Join me on Saturday February 9th for an in-person sleep workshop. This workshop will give you the information and tools you need to support sleep in the early days and beyond.

This workshop is ideal for pregnant women and partners, parents with young infants, or professionals wanting to understand more about the biological basis of infant sleep. It provides an overview of what to expect, how to problem solve typical sleep challenges (so you may not need a sleep trainer), and when to seek more support. The information is applicable to older infants too and will help in understanding why sleep issues emerge and how to support sleep. Medical issues that contribute to sleep challenges, how to rule them out, and how to address them will also be discussed.

Invoices are available for Ontario residents who have Occupational Therapy coverage.

The cost for this 90 minute class is $50 per couple (caregivers in the same household).  Register and pay before February 1 for the fee of $40. Participants will:

  • Participate in the 90 minute workshop in Fonthill;

  • Receive a handout with basic concepts covered in the class;

  • Receive a resource list with book and website recommendations related to infant sleep;

  • Receive an invitation to a free 30 minute Q&A about infant sleep approximately one week after the class. This Q&A will be open to all past participants and will be an opportunity to ask questions that you didn’t think of during the workshop! For those who cannot attend the live class (e.g. you’re in the Pacific Time Zone and that is just too early!), this recording allows you access to the workshop at a time that fits your schedule.

The value of this 1.5 hour workshop and 30 minute Q&A is that, armed with information and strategies, you may find you feel you have the tools you need to ride out and support the sleep challenges you and your family are experiencing. However, if you find that you want more support, you’ll be leaps ahead in terms of understanding the basics of infant sleep. A private sleep consultations are available to Ontario residents by phone or video ($100/hour) or through a home visit ($250). Rates for private consultation are expected to increase November 1st.


For more information or to register e-mail me or call 905-749-8254. Register before February 1 for an early rate of $40 per family.

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Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Mamahood Week One

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Mamahood 3-week package

Attachment based solutions to parents’ most common challenges

Join Heather on Saturday mornings beginning February 9th at 10am for this three week parenting series.

Learn about, discuss, and problem solve:

  • Infant Sleep (February 9th, 10-11:30am)

  • Infant and Child Development (February 16th, 10:30-12pm)

  • Feeding & Mealtimes (February 23rd, 10:30-12pm)

Heather draws on her extensive experience with infants and children from birth to three at Peel Infant Development and at McMaster Children’s Hospital Neonatal Follow-up Clinic to provide evidence- and experience-based perspectives and strategies in this combined three-week Mamahood Series. Last offered on the web, this course includes a handout of key concepts and a list of relevant books, websites, and other resources. Participants will be able to attend live Q&A events online which cover each of these topics. These Q&A events have been an opportunity for workshop participants to clarify things and to ask questions about challenges that have come up since the workshop.

The registration for these 90 minute workshops separately is $50 each. Sign up for all three in the Mamahood Series by January for $110.

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Feb
16
10:30 AM10:30

Mamahood Week 2

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Mamahood 3-week package

Attachment based solutions to parents’ most common challenges

Join Heather on Saturday mornings beginning February 9th at 10am for this three week parenting series.

Learn about, discuss, and problem solve:

  • Infant Sleep (February 9th, 10-11:30am)

  • Infant and Child Development (February 16th, 10:30-12pm)

  • Feeding Fun & Mealtime Mayhem (February 23rd, 10:30-12pm)

Heather draws on her extensive experience with infants and children from birth to three at Peel Infant Development and at McMaster Children’s Hospital Neonatal Follow-up Clinic to provide evidence- and experience-based perspectives and strategies in this combined three-week Mamahood Series. Last offered on the web, this course includes a handout of key concepts and a list of relevant books, websites, and other resources. Participants will be able to attend live Q&A events online which cover each of these topics. These Q&A events have been an opportunity for workshop participants to clarify things and to ask questions about challenges that have come up since the workshop.

The registration for these 90 minute workshops separately is $50 each. Sign up for all three in the Mamahood Series before February 1 for $110.

Email heather@heatherboyd.ca to register.

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Feb
16
10:30 AM10:30

Infant Development -Building the Basics

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This 90 minute workshop provides greater detail to build on my material covered in the Mamahood Series. You do not have to have attended a previous workshop.

Drawing upon Heather’s 18 years of experience in infant development assessment and intervention at Peel Infant Development and McMaster Children’s Hospital, this course provides insights and practical tips on supporting development in infants and young children. From understanding a child’s strengths and needs, to modifying the physical, emotional, and social environment, to choosing developmentally appropriate activities and toys, this workshop covers a lot of ground to support your role as your child’s first teacher.

The workshop fee of $50 is reduced to $40 if you sign up by February 1.

Learn:

  • how infants development motor, cognitive, and social skills in nurturing environments

  • what milestones to expect, and why milestones may not matter!

  • how to support your infant or young child’s natural development

  • how to set up your child’s environment to promote development

Receive:

  • a handout with an overview of the information covered

  • a resource list with useful books, websites, and other sources of quality information about infant development

  • an invitation to a live Q&A online within one week of the workshop

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Feb
23
10:30 AM10:30

Feeding and Mealtimes

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Right from birth we measure our success as parents by whether our children are growing well, and feeding well. Understanding what we as parents contribute to supporting our child’s growth and their relationship to food can be helpful in navigating failure to thrive, reflux, transition to solid foods, peaceful mealtmes, and development of the enjoyment of healthy eating.

In this workshop, Heather draws on her experience as an OT with preterm infants, and with infants at risk of developmental delay to provide an overview of healthy, evidence-based approaches to feeding and mealtimes for all children.

This workshop’s fee of $50 is reduced to $40 if you register before February 9th.

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Feb
23
10:30 AM10:30

Mamahood Week 3

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Mamahood 3-week package

Attachment based solutions to parents’ most common challenges

Join Heather on Saturday mornings beginning February 9th at 10am for this three week parenting series.

Learn about, discuss, and problem solve:

  • Infant Sleep (February 9th, 10-11:30am)

  • Infant and Child Development (February 16th, 10:30-12pm)

  • Feeding & Mealtimes (February 23rd, 10:30-12pm)

Heather draws on her extensive experience with infants and children from birth to three at Peel Infant Development and at McMaster Children’s Hospital Neonatal Follow-up Clinic to provide evidence- and experience-based perspectives and strategies in this combined three-week Mamahood Series. Last offered on the web, this course includes a handout of key concepts and a list of relevant books, websites, and other resources. Participants will be able to attend live Q&A events online which cover each of these topics. These Q&A events have been an opportunity for workshop participants to clarify things and to ask questions about challenges that have come up since the workshop.

The registration for these 90 minute workshops separately is $50 each. Sign up for all three in the Mamahood Series by January for $110.

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Mamahood On the Web Week 3 -Authentic Motherhood
Oct
20
5:00 PM17:00

Mamahood On the Web Week 3 -Authentic Motherhood

INTRODUCTORY RATE!

Mamahood on the Web is being offered at $20 per one hour class, or $50 for all three in the series. If you do not require video recording, the fee is $15 per session or $35 for all three. Rates will go up in the winter.

Mamahood on the Web Week 3 will explore ways to identify and strengthen your parenting values, develop your instincts to make decision-making easier, and respecting your authentic mama heart. 


Parenthood has a way of turning priorities upside down.  It can feel pretty scary to realize that they way you intended to parent doesn't feel "right" anymore, or that the way you are parenting is harder than you expected.

In this session we will explore authentic parenting by:

  • Reflecting on what it means to mother

  • Discussing how to tap into our mothering instinct to guide us

  • Exploring strategies for reflecting on our parenting values and how they have changed

  • Sharing and connecting through story-telling, and reflective exercises

  • Talking about how to live authentically with our values despite the pressures from others and the pressure from ourselves

  • Exploring what self-care means and what it can look like for parents of young children

This session will have specific activities planned, but will also be flexible to respond to the needs and priorities of the group.  The concept of mothering is applicable to any nurturing caregiver (fathers, grandparents, and nannies) and I welcome anyone with the desire to explore their authentic nurturing role to join us.


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Oct
13
5:00 PM17:00

Mamahood On the Web Week 2 -Eat, Sleep, Pee

Mamahood On the Web Three-Week Series

INTRODUCTORY RATE!

Mamahood is being offered at an introductory rate of $20 per session or $50 for all three.  Rates will rise in the fall to $30 per session and $75 for all three in the series.  Each class will be recorded and available for one week following the class. If you do not require video recording, the fee is $15 per session or $35 for all three.

Receipts will be provided upon request for you to submit to your extended health insurance provider.

WEEK 2: EAT, SLEEP, PEE

We will explore supportive, nurturing, and evidence-based ways to approach feeding, sleeping, and toilet training.  Through attachment theory and practical strategies we will discuss how to support the development of these big milestones in ways that respect the child's innate abilities, developmental readiness, and drive for independence.

 

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Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Mamahood Week 3 -Authentic Motherhood

INTRODUCTORY RATE!

Mamahood is being offered at an introductory rate of $15 per session or $35 for all three.  Rates will rise in the fall to $25 per session and $60 for all three in the series. 

Receipts will be provided upon request for you to submit to your extended health insurance provider.


Parenthood has a way of turning priorities upside down.  It can feel pretty scary to realize that they way you intended to parent doesn't feel "right" anymore, or that the way you are parenting is harder than you expected.

In this session we will explore authentic parenting by:

  • Reflecting on what it means to mother
  • Discussing how to tap into our mothering instinct to guide us
  • Explore strategies for reflecting on our parenting values and how they have changed
  • Sharing and connecting through stories, reflective exercises, and, if you are comfortable, your own mothering journey (Fonthill session only)
  • Talk about how to live authentically with our values despite the pressures from others and the pressure from ourselves
  • Explore what self-care means and what it can look like for parents of young children 

This session will have specific activities planned, but will also be flexible to respond to the needs and priorities of the group.  The concept of mothering is applicable to any nurturing caregiver (fathers, grandparents, and nannies) and I welcome anyone with the desire to explore their authentic nurturing role to join us.

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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Mamahood Week 2 -Eat, Sleep, Pee

INTRODUCTORY RATE!

Mamahood is being offered at an introductory rate of $15 per session or $35 for all three.  Rates will rise in the fall to $25 per session and $60 for all three in the series. 

Receipts will be provided upon request for you to submit to your extended health insurance provider.

WEEK 2: EAT, SLEEP, PEE

We will explore supportive, nurturing, and evidence-based ways to approach feeding, sleeping, and toilet training.  Through attachment theory and practical strategies we will discuss how to support the development of these big milestones in ways that respect the child's innate abilities, developmental readiness, and drive for independence.

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Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

Infant Sleep: Facebook Live with Melanie Farrell

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Infant Sleep! Join me next Wednesday, September 12 as I chat with Melanie Farrell, Hamilton and Area doula, on her business facebook page about a very common topic among new parents: infant sleep. This will be an information-filled but casual chat about the biological sleep needs of infants, common questions parents have about sleep, and how to approach sleep in a way that respects everyone's needs. https://www.facebook.com/events/692264657838780/

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Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Mamahood Week 1 -Infant Development

INTRODUCTORY RATE!

Mamahood is being offered at an introductory rate of $15 per session or $35 for all three.  Rates will rise in the fall to $25 per session and $60 for all three in the series. 

Receipts will be provided upon request for you to submit to your extended health insurance provider.

WEEK ONE: INFANT DEVELOPMENT

There are average ages for milestones but there are no average babies.  Learn how to support the emotional and physical development of babies and young children through their natural strengths and temperament.

We will explore motor, language, cognitive, and emotional development through an environmental- and attachment-based lens so that you have a framework for how to support your infant or young child's development over the first three years.

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Telling Stories Workshop
Jun
26
10:45 AM10:45

Telling Stories Workshop

Telling Stories: Oral Storytelling for Families with Young Children

Storytelling is not only good for our children's development, it is also good for nurturing a deeper connection with our children, sharing family history and personal values, and broaching difficult topics.  However, it is somewhat of a lost art.  Storytelling is a skill that needs practice, and one that can feel difficult, at least at first.

This workshop will be facilitated by Anaar Shariff, storyteller, infant massage teacher, and yoga instructor.  She will cover the philosophy of storytelling, why it matters to infant and child development, and how to find your storytelling voice.  There will be time for us to gather round and listen to a tale geared to the ages of the children there, and for your enjoyment too!  You're never too old (or too young) to enjoy listening to a story.

Here is what we have planned:

  • The Workshop will be 10:45am-12pm, Tuesday June 26 (Rain date June 28).  
  • It will be held outside in Burlington.
  • Cost will be $8 per caregiver, payable in advance.

Due to the nature of this workshop, space is limited.  

E-mail me to RSVP or if you have any questions at heather@heatherboyd.ca.  I am looking forward to connecting with you at this workshop.

 

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The Art and Science of Infant Sleep
Jun
20
10:15 AM10:15

The Art and Science of Infant Sleep

Infant Sleep.  There's a Better Way.

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PLEASE RSVP FOR THIS EVENT BY CALLING

905-749-8254

OR EMAILING HEATHER@HEATHERBOYD.CA

Join us at this free family-centred workshop to connect with Heather Boyd, O.T. Reg. (Ont) and other families of young children.  At the June Drop-In we will be discussing something that parents wish they had more of, and babies don't seem to want enough of: SLEEP!   

There are basic biological and developmental needs of infants that sometimes feel at odds with what we expect and what we need as parents, and sleep is one of those big ones.

We will bust the myths of infant sleep, including the myth that there are only two options for tired parents: cry it out, or be a martyr.  There is another way: respect and nurture your baby's sleep needs (without letting them cry it out) and make fundamental changes to our approach and our expectations to meet our own sleep needs.  

I plan to cover:

  • attachment-theory
  • the science of infant sleep (what are the basic biological needs)
  • common challenges
  • popular sleep training methods (cry it out, controlled crying)
  • advantages of night-time parenting
  • self-care
  • how to set up a safe sleep environment

The size of the group and the time we have means that we will focus on an overview of infant sleep and night-time parenting.  The goal is to understand the basics of infant sleep so that you can feel more informed and confident about supporting your infant's sleep needs.  To problem solve specific sleep challenges, consider scheduling an individual one-on-one consultation with me or let me know that you are interested in a small-group problem-solving session.  Explore my fees here.

 If you have concerns about nurturing your infant's healthy relationship with sleep, or your own sleep, please join us.

Infant Sleep.  There's a Better Way.  

 


Further Details:

My approach to sleep education and support provides alternatives to 'crying it out' and finds ways to shift from a practice of letting babies 'cry it out' towards meeting the needs of infants in nurturing and evidence-based ways.  I welcome you to come to explore ways of shifting to a more responsive way of helping everyone in the family get their sleep needs met.   It's all about making small changes that respect your parenting values and instincts. 

This is a family-oriented event.  Older siblings are welcome.  Please consider bringing a blanket for baby to lie on, a quiet (non-battery) toy to play with, and, for pre-school and school-age siblings, developmentally reasonable, non-electronic activities.  There is space for up to 10 rollers/crawlers with their parents, plus siblings.   

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NOW FULL: May Parent and Infant Sleep Workshop Fonthill
May
16
10:30 AM10:30

NOW FULL: May Parent and Infant Sleep Workshop Fonthill

The workshop is full!  Please let me know, at heather@heatherboyd.ca or 905-749-8254 if you would like to be on a waitlist or to be informed of the next workshop.

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PLEASE RSVP for this event by calling

905-749-8254

or emailing heatherboyd.ot@gmail.com

Join us at this free family-centred workshop to connect with Heather Boyd, O.T. Reg. (Ont) and other families of young children.  At the May Drop-In we will be discussing something that parents wish they had more of, and babies don't seem to want enough of: SLEEP! 

There are basic biological and emotional needs of infants that sometimes feel at odds with what we expect and what we need as parents, and sleep is one of those big ones.

We will bust the myths of infant sleep, including the myth that there are only two options for tired parents: cry it out, or be a martyr.  There is another way: respect and nurture your baby's sleep needs (without letting them cry it out) and make fundamental changes to our approach and our expectations to meet our own sleep needs.  

If you have questions about improving your infant's sleep, or your own, please join us.

Infant sleep.  There's a better way.  

**Please note that my approach to sleep education and support provides alternatives to 'crying it out' and actively finds ways to shift from a practice of letting babies 'cry it out' towards meeting the needs of infants in nurturing and evidence-based ways.  For parents who were raised in an environment of 'cry it out' or who have been using 'cry it out', I welcome you to come to problem solve ways of shifting to a more responsive way of helping everyone in the family get their sleep needs met. **

This is a family-oriented event.  Older siblings are welcome.  Please consider bringing a blanket for baby to lie on, a quiet (non-battery) toy to play with, and, for pre-school and school-age siblings, developmentally reasonable, non-electronic activities.  There is space for up to 12 rollers/crawlers with their parents, plus siblings. 

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April Parent and Child Drop-In Fonthill
Apr
18
10:15 AM10:15

April Parent and Child Drop-In Fonthill

Join us for this free monthly drop-in from 10:15am to 11:30am for sharing the challenges and triumphs of connected, attachment-based parenting.  Ask questions about infant sleep, mealtimes, discipline, and child development.  Get support from Heather Boyd, O.T., and other parents in an encouraging, family-centred environment.  Older siblings are welcome.  Bring quiet (non-battery) toys, and table top games or work for homeschooled children.  There is ample space for everyone!

Check in here or follow Heather Boyd, O.T. on facebook for last minute information about this event.

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Connection-Vacation
Mar
30
to Apr 15

Connection-Vacation

I am taking a connection-vacation!

I am stepping away from the internet, phone, and email (with very intermittent access) for two weeks to focus on family.  I am 'disconnecting' from media and phones, and connecting with family, instead.  I encourage you to leave voicemail or email for me during this time: I look forward to responding on Monday April 16 2018. 

And if you find yourself feeling unhappy with the balance you have between connecting online and connecting in person with the important people in your life, I encourage you to try a connection-vacation, too, whatever that may look like for you.

Heather Boyd, O.T. Reg. (Ont.)

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February Drop-In -Cancelled: Sick Day
Feb
21
10:15 AM10:15

February Drop-In -Cancelled: Sick Day

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This winter has been rough for a lot of families for colds and flu --and our family is no exception.  In the interest of keeping YOUR family well, we are cancelling February 21 drop-in.  Please follow https://www.facebook.com/heatherboyd.ot/ for up to the minute updates.

The Free Fonthill Parent and Child Drop-In is an opportunity to meet with Heather Boyd, O.T., and other parents with their children.  This is a supportive environment for asking questions about and sharing experiences with gentle parenting and child development.  The next drop in is Wednesday March 21, 2018.

 

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