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Newsletter for Parents, Alumni and Friends
 Fall 2012
You Can Make a Difference!

 A Message from Minalee Saks, Our Executive Director


   For 34 years, Parenting Now! (formerly Birth To Three) has helped support parents in nurturing their children during the vulnerable early years of their children's lives.

Annual Campaign 2013   Our name has changed, but our dedication to parenting education, to families, and to the highest level of programs and services, is as strong as ever.

  Our parenting group programs are not government-funded. We are able to provide them, in large part, through donations from people who care. You can help to ensure that our programs stay strong and vital for families now and into the future.

Donate button      And, when you make a donation this year, your gift will go twice as far! The Quest Foundation will match any new or increased donations, dollar for dollar.

  Please help Parenting Now! continue to make a positive difference in the lives of young families by giving generously to this year's Annual Campaign...because all children deserve to be raised by nurturing, skilled parents.


With warm appreciation,

 Minalee's Signature



Then...and Now

   Share memories of your Birth To Three group by posting then-and-now photos of you and your Birth To Three child. See the examples on our website, and get ready to walk down memory lane!

You're Invited to

 "Midnight in Paris"


Join hosts Chris and Paula Kongsore for Parenting Now!'s benefit dinner and auction.

   "Midnight in Paris" is a black-tie optional evening of magic and festivity on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

    Experience the nostalgia of 1920's Save Date AuctionParis while enjoying a silent auction, dinner, wall of wine and an exciting live auction, all at the Valley River Inn. Reservations are $125 per person or $1,000 per table of 10.

   Auction preparation is underway, and we need many Volunteer auction  volunteers. We need decorators, party hosts, painters, set designers, crafters, workers on the day of the event, etc.

   For more information or reservations, call 541-484-5316 or email us.

Annual Report
 Profiles 2011-12
Featuring a "Birth To Infinity" parent-child group!
Read about our programs and our financials in our 2011-12 annual report.
   Holidays or Holidaze? Traditions help ground us and remind us of why the coming holidays can be so special. May your traditions help you have a great holiday season!

Why Traditions Matter, and How to Add Them

to Holidays, Birthdays or Other Times of Year 

Words like "connection" and "routines" describe the reason we like to have traditions in our lives. Read on:

  • Family routines bring everyone together, and Family popcorn here are excerpts from Parenting  Now!'s Incredible INFANTs curriculum about their role.
  • A mother of four writes about why the big things don't matter if the little things aren't happening.
  • Here are ideas for launching new traditions with your child.
  • Fake Thanksgiving, anyone?
  •  Here are ideas for how grandparents can Traditions2encourage or establish traditions with their grandchildren.
  • 1-year-olds like routines. Read an excerpt from Parenting Now!'s Wonderful ONEs curriculum about how to add repetition to a young child's life.
ThankfulAn Attitude of Gratitude
   Being thankful can make a big difference in our approach to the holidays. This article has ideas on how to cultivate thankfulness during this season. Although the column was written about recovery, the information is relevant for all of us!
   Our children can learn thankfulness. Here are suggestions on how to raise a thankful child.
How to Save Money This Season  OCCU logo  
   You can keep traditions alive without going broke! Our friends at Oregon Community Credit Union offer some ways to keep the balance, both in your pocketbook and your life.
Suggestions for Holiday EnjoymentWinter trees 
Tis the season for a number of holidays! Here are ways to make the most of the ones you celebrate:
   Child-centered holiday ideas
   Creating holidays for the family

Sponsor Families to Make Their Holidays Brighter

Crecer mom & child Some families in our programs struggle to make ends meet. They will not be able to buy presents for their children this year. However, you can help. Individuals or businesses can be matched with a family and provide a gift for a member or a gift for the entire family.
   We are seeking sponsors for participants in our Healthy Start/Healthy Families, Make Parenting A Pleasure, or Crecer (culturally adapted Spanish-language) programs.

   Contact Parenting Now! to sponsor a family. Your holiday gift will be appreciated greatly by families who are struggling, and will make a big difference in their lives.

Classified Ads: From Alumni to You
Our ads will link you to information on raising bilingual children, getting your home's foundation built or rebuilt, a nutrition consulting service, yoga, counseling for families with teens, sign language, co-housing, holistic nutritional counseling, fitness and exercise, and how to find and use greener children's products. Currently, all of the services are offered by alumni of our groups!
Connect with Parenting Now! formerly Birth To Three
Become our Like us on Facebook fan and stay informed about Parenting Now! and parenting. You may also visit us at our website. Contact Parenting Now! by calling (541) 484-5316, e-mailing us at info@parentingnow.org or using our e-mail form.


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