Rx for Parenting was started for parents and by parents. Being a parent educator was a second profession for me (my first being a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-one that I absolutely loved.) However, after delivering a set of boy twins with a 2 ½ year-old daughter at home in 1999, I made the decision to go on an extended leave from my clinical practice.
About 2 years later I was recruited to teach parenting classes where my daughter attended preschool. I had designed and taught many classes in my early years as a PNP. By my first completed session, I found facilitating baby/toddler & parenting groups, both purposeful and gratifying. My focus was to teach parents to slow down and appreciate their children as authentic, unique, problem solving beings, while we investigated and navigated the roles of values, styles, and aware and respectful parenting practices.
I heard over and over again from parents in my groups and classes, that I presented information either that they hadn’t heard before or in a manner that was new, practical and understandable. After all, I had been working with parents and children for 16 years already at that point, and I understood how and why parenting was challenging in different ways for different people. My knowledge of child development, fundamental to pediatric nursing, was invaluable to parents.
Rx for Parenting was started in 2009. My focus with parents has been to help them navigate the many changes children experience from birth thru adolescence, while at the same time, recognize the transformations we as adults make in the process.