By Jackalyn Carione
This week is special for HCAN and our blog, Keiki First. We are giving away two free books by the Mayo Clinic: A Guide to Your Baby’s First Years and A Guide to Raising a Healthy Child. If you haven’t entered for your chance to win, click here to enter now! Both these books offer expert guidance and information for parents that is broken down into easy-to-read sections.
- "Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Years is an easy-to-use yet comprehensive how-to manual for caring for your child, from newborn days all the way to toddlerhood. From chapters on month-by-month development to ones on health and safety, this book covers what you need to know."
- "Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child offers a trusted guide to parenting your child through the preschool and early school-age years. Inside you'll find answers to dilemmas such as feeding a picky eater, resolving sleep problems, addressing bullying, treating common injuries and illnesses, and coping with complex health care needs."
Being a parent is not an easy job. There are many unknown challenges and it can be overwhelming, especially during a pandemic. Many parents are now faced with the challenges of having their children home 24/7, while also maintaining their own jobs, day-to-day duties, and mental health. It’s important to know that there is no perfect parenting style and as much as you take care of your new baby and children, make sure you take care of yourself as well.
Deanna Drury, a mom from New York, told Keiki First: “Don’t let the internet make you feel like your instincts are wrong or that you aren’t doing enough. Being a first-time parent is exhausting but still rewarding.”
If you’re looking for more guidance, you can win these two free books from the Mayo Clinic by visiting our social media and entering our giveaway! Be sure to enter by the deadline, December 21 at 11:59 pm HST.
Here are more resources on raising young children:
- Family Hui: Family Hui supports, encourages, and empowers parents/caregivers as they face the joys and challenges of raising children, learning how to address the challenges in healthy ways.
- Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies: a local nonprofit agency that is part of a national network of organizations and individuals committed to improving Hawaiʻi’s maternal, child and family health through collaborative efforts in public education, advocacy, and partner development.
- Piko Pals (a program by Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies): Piko Pals connects and empowers new parents of babies age 0-4 months to build their own village through facilitated discussions in an emotionally and intellectually safe environment.
- Tūtū and Me (a program by Partners in Development): Tūtū and Me aims to meet the developmental needs of young keiki and to support the caregivers who are raising them through programs like their traveling preschool and home visiting and parent education program.
- The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE): From pre-natal education to small business workshops, INPEACE nurtures growing families through Hawaiian culture-based early learning education and promotes community strengthening through educational equity, teacher development, and family economic capacity building programs.
- PATCH Hawaiʻi: A community service organization dedicated to supporting Hawaiʻi’s child care needs.
- Vroom: An app that offers free, science-based tips and tools to help parents and caregivers give children a great start in life today—and an even better future.
Other online resources:
- A Guide for First-Time Parents by Kids Health
- 17 Great Resources for Pregnant Moms and New Parents During the COVID-19 Crisis by Parents Together
- Welcome to the World of Parenting by Healthy Children
- Essential Resources for New and Expecting Parents by Parent Map
- The Best Virtual Resources for Moms by Parents.com
- The Ultimate List of Free Baby Stuff for New Moms
- Developmental Milestones by the CDC
Do you have other useful resources for raising kids? Share it on Instagram and tag us @HCAN_HI!