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We focus on children's needs for warm, nurturing relationships with their parents—and on parents' experiences and feelings as they take the time to meet their children's needs.

See our guest post at the New America Foundation: Equality and Justice for All Families.

 

End-of-Summer Update

on September 5th, 2012 at 1:10:46 PM

It’s been quiet here because we were very busy this summer with our families. We all work as volunteers, and we try to live by our values: time with family is the most important thing, so sometimes we just have to put our work on the back burner! Now we're happy to be spending some of our time focused on FAHN again.

We are shifting the traditional question we ask children (what did you do this summer?) to ourselves, with a focus on favorite “family together” times. Our Board and volunteers are sharing their favorite summer time memories, please tell us yours! 

- Cathy Myers, Executive Director

 

(We are also posting this on our Facebook page - please comment in either or both places!)

Table Talk

on February 29th, 2012 at 6:01:30 PM

Mom and sociologist Dina R. Rose, Ph.D. says "It's Not About Nutrition" and she helps parents understand the science-based feeding practices that lead to life-long healthy eating.

She writes:

Proportion, variety and moderation are easy for toddlers to understand.

  • Proportion: We eat more fresh, natural foods than anything else (including crackers, hot dogs, sugary yogurts, candy, cookies...) 
  • Variety: We eat different things on different days. 
  • Moderation: We only eat when we're hungry. We stop eating when we're full.

Read "Table Talk" and let us know what you think. 

Housewife? at-home mother? feminist?

on February 23rd, 2012 at 2:13:36 PM

This essay by Nancy Vazquez has long been a favorite. It's included in our Transitioning Home discussion group materials: More about the discussion groups here.

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by Nancy Vazquez

Back when I was dating, there were a few boys, and later men, who were put off by the fact that I was brainy and ambitious. I had the feeling they weren't quite comfortable with a girl who made better grades than they did or a woman who didn't hesitate to voice her feminist views.

I wonder about those men now. I wonder what they would think if they could see me folding laundry with my sons as we wait for my breadwinner husband to come home for dinner in our typical suburban house. I wonder what they would say if they knew that I had become a brainy, ambitious, feminist housewife.

Read more....

 

Transitioning Home discussion groups

on February 18th, 2012 at 4:25:49 PM

A parent who leaves the paid workforce to be at home often experiences unexpected feelings and questions related to being an at-home parent. Family and Home Network offers Transitioning Home parent discussion groups and during this six-week series of meetings, we cover many topics including:

· Expectations, personal identity and the potential for personal growth

· The needs of infants and the critical mother-infant relationship

· Myths and realities of a home-based life

· Family, community, cultural influences

We meet online, using Google+ hangouts. Each Transitioning Home discussion group will include up to 6 parents and a facilitator from FAHN; meetings will last 90 minutes. Materials for reading between meetings, reflection/writing opportunities, and both individual and group exercises will be provided. Some materials will be emailed to you each week, some is offered on a private website just for Transitioning Home participants. 

For more information, and to indicate your interest, please see the Transitioning Home webpage.

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