With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see! Childcare is available as well for use during speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers or childcare you will earn extra raffle tickets-just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
The Children’s College offers year-round preschool education from 2 years, 9 months to 8 years old (vacations and summers). The center is designed to promote social, physical, and cognitive development in each child. Our activities allow children to face and overcome individual challenges. We strive to enhance the essential elements of creativity, critical thinking, self- control, responsibility, independence, social skills and self-esteem to face and overcome individual challenges.
2. Where is it located?
We are located in West Barnstable at Cape Cod Community College in the Life Fitness Center
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
Our community builds strength from each other in time of need.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
The Children’s College has community visitors throughout the year along with involvement from CCCC students and programs at Cape Cod Community College.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
The biggest challenges facing parents in our community is technology – so many of us forget that being in the moment is what is important. Do more things with your children that make you forget to look at your phone. Wouldn’t you rather be in the picture or the memory then just behind the “camera”?
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
There are so many memories it is hard to pick just one; I am reminded of something every day. There are many comical preschool compilations and compliments that come to mind. I believe that myself as well as my staff can remember at least a dozen times when a child finally realizes a concept or gets inspired to try something new. I am so grateful for the parents that entrust their children with me and my teachers.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
The advice I would give parents and caregivers in our community is to ask for help or assistance when you need it -there is so many resources out that can help with developmental and financial issues.
“If a child cannot learn in the way we teach,
we must teach in a way the child can learn.”
Postpartum depression can strike any woman, any time after birth. Some women suffer from the baby blues, a feeling of sadness after giving birth, but postpartum depression is much more severe and it can last for a much longer period of time. Postpartum depression can be a long journey, but one that doesn't have to end in sorrow.
The signs of postpartum depression include:
· Feeling restless or irritable.
· Feeling sad, depressed or crying a lot.
· Having no energy.
· Having headaches, chest pains, heart palpitations (the heart being fast and feeling like it is skipping beats), numbness, or hyperventilation (fast and shallow breathing).
· Not being able to sleep or being very tired, or both.
· Not being able to eat and weight loss.
· Trouble focusing, remembering, or making decisions.
· Being overly worried about the baby.
· Not having any interest in the baby.
· Feeling worthless and guilty.
· Being afraid of hurting the baby or yourself
· No interest or pleasure in activities, including sex.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, which can also include loss of appetite and anger, seek medical help. Admitting you need medical help can be scary, but it is also the first step in helping yourself.
A support network is also crucial to beating postpartum depression. Be it a group of friends, family, or an online forum, a support network can help educate the woman who is going through PPD. The support network you choose should begin with your medical professional who can point you in the proper direction to find groups in your area. He or she can also offer brochures, books, and other information regarding postpartum depression.
Cape Cod Moms