My baby having days are over (sniff, sniff), but I wish that there was a place like Ohana when I was expecting my first babe nearly ten years ago. Located in Evanston, Ohana offers education, support and community for new and expectant parents. This is a complete support system for parents in the year before and after they welcome a new addition to their families.
The Hawaiian word Ohana refers to one’s inner circle of both family and close friends. After six years working closely with expectant and new parents as a doula, Ohana founder Jocelyn Alt realized that many of her clients were experiencing a great deal of stress and uncertainty during their pregnancies and that existing resources were inadequate. She wanted to create a support system -- an Ohana for expectant and new parents in the Chicago area. Alt founded birth and maternity services company Ohana to help fill that gap and provide a complete resource for education and support in the year before and after birth.
Parenting my kids is my greatest joy. But boy, it is tough sometimes. We are all working hard to make sure that our kids are healthy and happy. But the reality is that parenting can be a lot more challenging that most of us anticipated! As parents, we fret over making the right decisions, feel guilty over perceived mistakes and struggle to know whether we are making the right decisions (at least, I know this is true for me).
These are some of the most
common feelings parents have. Chicago mom and parenting coach (and my friend) Jill Hope of I Shine
is offering Chicago parents some easy-to-implement tools to help them navigate their own parenting journey.
Jill is offering a four-part workshop series called “How to Overcome Guilt, Worry and Self-Doubt by Discovering the Hidden Power in Your Parenting” to show Chicago parents that there are some very simple strategies they can use to take control of these feelings, reverse them, and feel confident about their parenting. This sounds pretty good, right? ...
This morning I was part of a Bump Club and Beyond
panel of "city moms" talking to a packed room of new mamas and their little ones about bringing up baby in Chicago.
I was in good company, joining Kelly Aiglon and Lindsay Gladstone of Daily Candy Kids
, Samantha Lande from Eater Chicago
, Cindy McCarthy of On the Go Chicago
, Rebecca Little of Pinwheel
and my bestie and business partner
Sara Fisher of Self-Made Mom fame. We talked about everything from family-friendly restaurants to navigating the CTA with a stroller and the best places to buy high-end kid's resale.
I spoke a little bit about finding activities that meet my two pieces of criteria. First, I love a free, quality activity when I can find it (if you read Wee Windy City, you already know this about me). In addition, I also love an outing where both mommy and
the kids get something out of it. With those two things in mind, I recommended the following urban activities and destinations...
When I first became a mother seven years ago, I couldn’t believe that none of the other mothers I knew (including my close friends and even my own mother) ever really spoke frankly to me about some of the more difficult and trying parts of motherhood — beginning with labor and delivery. I just had... Read more »
In the (short) seven years that I have been a parent, the local resources available to help moms and dads navigate the world of diaper duty, bedtime stories, and preschool applications have significantly improved. I have a few sites that are my standard “go to spots” for local parenting information (you know, like Chicago Parent... Read more »