Love and Logic for Parents Class
October 21st, 2011

Love and Logic for Parents

Saturday December 10, 2011 |  9:30 am to 12:30 pm

 Love and Logic is a discipline model for raising responsible and respectful children while increasing the joy in your house.  You will learn techniques to; eliminate power struggles with your children, follow through on consequences in a way that gives children a chance to learn from their own mistakes instead of focusing on the parent’s anger, teach your children the life long skill of problem solving, and a method for turning parent’s words into gold!  In a society filled with new challenges every day, Love and Logic is a way to increase every family member’s belief in their own abilities and a chance to bring more fun into our homes.

 Cost: $10 per person or $15 per couple.  You may pay at the door.  No credit or debit cards.  Scholarships are available for families in need.  Request a scholarship when you call. 

Reservations:  Please call Julie at 451-7218 for your reservation.

Training Site:  The Baby Fold Training Center, 612 Oglesby Ave., Normal  

Presented by Kris Baber and Kathy Case

Kris Baber has worked at Hammitt School for the past 14 years.  Before this she worked in the public school system for several years and at another high school for children with severe behavior problems.  She is a Love and Logic trainer and works directly with our families to teach them how to parent the Love and Logic way.  Kris gets to practice Love and Logic at home with a 20, 16 and 6 year old.  She has lots of stories about Love and Logic with children of all ages.

 Kathy Case has worked for over 33 years (the past 18 at Hammitt) with children with severe behavior problems.  She has had the opportunity to train many people on the Love and Logic curriculum.  It is one discipline method that staff and parents consistently believe they can actually begin utilizing the same day.

Stepping up for prevention
October 7th, 2009

Donors like you commit to keeping children safe from the start

When the State of Illinois announced major cuts for social service agencies earlier this year, things looked grim for prevention programs at The Baby Fold like Healthy Start that had devastating budget cuts projected.

While much of our funding was tentatively restored by the State, we anticipate another round of budget adjustments in January when State funding for prevention services is expected to run dry.

Prevention is at the heart and soul of The Baby Fold’s mission.  We see first-hand the incredible damage done to children when support for parents is missing.  Like you, we would give anything to roll back the clock for these children and families to put them on a new track toward becoming whole and healthy.

Fortunately, many friends have stepped forward to privately support prevention in our community.  More than 50 of our donors and the entire Board of Directors for The Baby Fold have pledged to support prevention. In total, more than $25,000 have been pledged towards prevention.

Thank you for your part in protecting at-risk children and families.

To learn more about becoming a Prevention Partner, visit us on-line at http://www.TheBabyFold.org/prevention.

Five healthy hints for first-time parents
April 15th, 2009

By Dara Williamson
Healthy Start – The Baby Fold

It’s not easy being a parent.  It takes hard work, commitment, and a whole lot of love.  But dedicated care for your baby at a young age goes a long way toward a healthy life for that child.  Here are five easy ways to care for your new child.

1. Hold your baby a lot: Holding your baby will let it know that it is loved and safe. Make a lot of eye contact with your baby. Talk, read, sing, smile, laugh and make silly faces with your baby. All these things will contribute to a healthy parent-child relationship and strong attachment. Giving your baby all this attention will NOT spoil it. It will help your baby bloom into a happy, healthy child.

2. Massage your baby: It’s an age-old tradition around the world and it has numerous benefits for both baby and parent. Regular infant massage promotes strong brain development, enhanced parent-infant bond, increases muscle tone, stimulates circulation, promotes deeper/longer sleep, relieves gassy symptoms, and releases tension – along with other benefits.

3. Understand that your baby will cry and have fussy moments: Your baby is adjusting to his new world and all these new things can be stressful for it. Try using “Happiest Baby on the Block” techniques to help soothe your newborn. Utilize community resources (library, Internet, support groups, new parent programs, friends or family) if you have any questions.

4. Ask for help, seek support and educate yourself: Talking to other parents, attending a support group, reading about newborns and parenting are all important to help yourself feel comfortable in your new role as a parent. Talk to your pediatrician and ask lots of questions about your baby’s health and development. Remember that all babies are unique and develop at a different pace. Be careful not to compare your baby’s development to other babies (including your other children). If you have concerns or are curious about your baby’s development, check with your pediatrician or local early intervention program (Child and Family Connections) for a developmental screening.

5. Let go of any preconceived notions of parenting and be ready for things not to go as planned: Allow for more time to get somewhere and get things done. Tell yourself that you don’t have to do it all, and be okay with not getting everything done that you would have prior to your baby. You may have to step out of your comfort zone a little. Be ready to do things like sing to your baby in public, find the nearest exit quickly, get spit up on and hear outdated advice from strangers. Parenting is an adventure that is challenging, fun, frustrating, rewarding, and exhausting all at the same time. Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride!

As we celebrate April as National Child Abuse Prevention month, it’s important to remember that the things we do for our children in the womb and at birth have long-lasting effects.  Over 30,000 children are the victim of child abuse each year in Illinois because simple steps in creating a healthy family are never taken.  I hope these tips will help you cherish and protect your child.

Healthy Start is one of the many programs and services The Baby Fold offers to the Bloomington-Normal community (and surrounding areas). Healthy Start is a voluntary home visiting program for expecting or new parents. It’s funded by a grant, and there are no charges for the services that mom and baby receive.

For more information about this program or services related to Healthy Start, call 309.454.1770 or visit www.thebabyfold.org.

If healthy families matter to you, please consider joining our Healthy Start Facebook Cause: Stop Child Abuse from the Start

Healthy Start Program Wins Excellence Award
March 25th, 2007

Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services have awarded the 2007 Program of Excellence Award to the Healthy Start program serving at-risk parents. The program, which is a collaborative effort between The Baby Fold and The Children’s Foundation, was nominated by a member of the community as a program demonstrating service excellence in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

The Healthy Start program is a voluntary program that helps parents learn about bonding, positive parenting, child development, nutrition, and wellness. Healthy Start staff visit parents in the home to provide appropriate support and guidance. Parents are referred during or soon after pregnancy and can continue in the program until their child reaches the age of 5. The Healthy Start program serves families in McLean, Piatt, Woodford, and DeWitt counties.

“Much of the success of the program can be linked to our dedicated staff that continually provide excellent home-visiting services to the new parents and young families participating in Healthy Start,” said Dara Williams, Healthy Start Program Supervisor for The Baby Fold. “They nurture and support parents as those parents build strong and positive relationships with their babies and young children.”

The award was presented to The Baby Fold at an April 2 ceremony in Springfield to help kick-off the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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