Sup­port­ing par­ents in Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

This week I thought I would share a cou­ple of great na­tion­wide par­ent­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions which we have branches of in Porirua; Par­ents Cen­tre and Bel­ly­ful.

I first be­came aware of Par­ents Cen­tre and their ser­vices when we were ex­pect­ing our son Bai­ley and our mid­wife in­formed us of our op­tions for an­te­na­tal classes.

We de­cided on Mana Par­ents Cen­tre, for their class times and lo­cal­ity, and were not dis­ap­pointed.

The child­birth classes were def­i­nitely ed­u­ca­tional (for 10 couples with no idea what to ex­pect) and the class fa­cil­i­ta­tor was very easy go­ing and knowl­edge­able.

The classes cov­ered a va­ri­ety of top­ics in­clud­ing foetal de­vel­op­ment, labour and pain re­lief, breast­feed­ing and what to ex­pect in the first days at home with a new­born.

At the end of our eight evening classes our group ar­ranged to meet up for cof­fee to­gether on a weekly ba­sis so we could meet each other’s chil­dren as they were wel­comed into the world and help sup­port and en­cour­age each other through what can be a dif­fi­cult time.

Our group ( par­tic­u­larly the women) be­came quite close and have re­mained in close con­tact ever since.

We still meet up reg­u­larly with or with­out the kids, and twice a year we or­gan­ise joint par­ties to cel­e­brate the kids’ birthdays and Christ­mas.

Par­ents Cen­tre of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of par­ent ed­u­ca­tion classes, other than the an­te­na­tal child­birth class.

There are classes in Baby Sign (a fan­tas­tic way to com­mu­ni­cate with ba­bies who haven’t started talk­ing yet), CPR for ba­bies and tod­dlers, pos­i­tive dis­ci­pline and tantrums, cre­ative play, toi­let train­ing, as well as mu­sic and move­ment classes to take the lit­tle ones to.

You can find out more about the classes they of­fer through their web­site, man­ Or you can send them an email at man­a­parents­cen­

Bel­ly­ful is the new par­ent­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion on the block, com­mit- ted to help­ing par­ents through dif­fi­cult times by pro­vid­ing them with meals.

Any par­ent knows how dif­fi­cult those first few months can be with a new­born baby, and many mums with new ba­bies find that the most dif­fi­cult time of the day is din­ner time; es­pe­cially if you have other chil­dren that need feed­ing.

I love the fact this or­gan­i­sa­tion is all about mums help­ing other mums.

Do you know some­one who may need as­sis­tance from the Bel­ly­ful team?

Bel­ly­ful sup­ports fam­i­lies with ba­bies un­der three months old who are strug­gling to get din­ner on the ta­ble whilst jug­gling a new­born or are new to the area and there­fore don’t know many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

They also sup­port those fam­i­lies in cri­sis who have a child or par­ent in hos­pi­tal, have a ter­mi­nal or very ill child or are go­ing through a very dif­fi­cult time due to per­sonal cir­cum­stances.

The Bel­ly­ful vol­un­teers make and freeze meals and when called upon, one of them will hand de­liver one of these meals.

As we mums know, that meal can be a real san­ity saver.

All of the in­gre­di­ents they use are do­nated by busi­nesses or peo­ple in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and meals are pro­vided at no cost to those that re­ceive them.

If you know some­one who might need Bel­ly­ful’s as­sis­tance or you would like to help out with this fan­tas­tic or­gan­i­sa­tion please con­tact Tra­cie, tra­cie. lane@ bel­ly­

There are so many ways to be in­volved, whether it is through cook­ing and de­liv­er­ing food, do­nat­ing su­per­mar­ket vouch­ers or fresh pro­duce, or get­ting your busi­ness in­volved as a fi­nan­cial spon­sor.

Kelly Eteve­neaux is a lo­cal mum and co-owner of Baby Vintage in Plim­mer­ton. If you have any tips or ideas for Tod­dler in Tow, email Kelly at tod­dler­in­

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