Parenting Support & Education

Programs of support and education that impact the lives of children and families have an opportunity to improve lifelong health and community outcomes. Our actions and parenting in the first five years of a child’s life set the stage for their future physical and mental health, learning ability, behavior, and so much more! Parental support and education is foundational to the healthy development of children.

Parenting is universal, and the most profound and meaningful endeavor of our lives. Let's prepare to be our best!


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You are Not Alone

When you find yourself overwhelmed, tired, and feeling crazy -- stop. Soak up the ordinary moments. The ordinary, hard, and important moments -- because they are what make parenting the amazing journey that it is.

Oh, and then read our blog:

You are not Alone

Why we Built this Village

The Miracle of You is Overwhelming

It Takes a Village

PRENATAL PARENTING PREPARATION

Boise Birth Services - Boise

Newborn Care & Parenting
Learn the basics on newborn care.
https://boisebirth.com/newborn-care.php

Building Villages - Boise & Meridian

Bringing Baby Home
The greatest gift you can give your child is a strong relationship between you and your partner. Prepare for life with baby and be the best parenting team possible.
https://www.buildingvillages.org/bringing-home-baby/

St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center - Boise

Newborn Care & Parenting
For families birthing at the Boise facility, a "hands-on" class for first time parents to help with newborn care and parenting.    
https://www.saintalphonsus.org/classes-events-1061

Parenting at Midnight
The New Parents Guide to Newborn Sleep
https://www.saintalphonsus.org/classes-events-1061

Sibling Preparation
Prepare children, ages 3-8, for changes in the home when the new baby arrives. 
https://www.saintalphonsus.org/classes-events-1061

St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center - Nampa

Happiest Baby on the Block
Learn step-by-step how to help your baby sleep better and how to soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes. 
https://www.saintalphonsus.org/classes-events-1061

Newborn Care & Parenting
For families birthing at the Nampa facility, a "hands-on" class for first time parents to help with newborn care and parenting.  
https://www.saintalphonsus.org/classes-events-1061

St. Lukes Health System - Boise

Baby B Safe
Learn how to prevent the most common injuries seen in children. Learn baby to toddler growth and development and ways to prevent injuries in and out of the home, including car seat safety. 
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/classes-and-events/baby-b-safe-boise

Baby Care Basics
Learn all of the basics and “how tos” of caring for your newborn. 
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/classes-and-events/baby-care-basics-boise

Marvelous Multiples
Learn about the special physical, emotional, and social needs of those expecting multiples. 
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/classes-and-events/marvelous-multiples-boise

Sibling Preparation
Prepare your child for a new family member by discussing the baby's arrival, practicing diapering on a doll, and sharing ideas about being a great big brother or sister.
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/classes-and-events/sibling-preparation-ages-3-8-boise

St. Lukes Health System - Meridian

Baby Care Basics
Learn all of the basics and “how tos” of caring for your newborn. 
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/classes-and-events/baby-care-basics-meridian

Sibling Preparation
Prepare your child for a new family member by discussing the baby's arrival, practicing diapering on a doll, and sharing ideas about being a great big brother or sister.
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/classes-and-events/sibling-preparation-ages-3-8-meridian

St. Lukes Health System - Nampa

Baby Care Basics
Learn all of the basics and “how tos” of caring for your newborn. 
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/classes-and-events/baby-care-basics-nampa

 

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NEWBORN SUPPORT 

Building Villages - Boise & Meridian

Neighborhood-Based New Parent Groups
Build your Village. Neighborhood-based groups for new parents with babies 3 to 16 weeks old. 
https://www.buildingvillages.org/peer-support-groups/

St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center - Boise & Nampa

Baby & Me Support Group
This free support group is open to parents and their babies ages 0-12 months. Meet other families and have some fun with your baby in a relaxed environment. 
https://www.saintalphonsus.org/classes-events-1061

Car Seat Checks
Get the basics of car seat safety and how to correctly install your baby’s seat into your vehicle. 
https://www.saintalphonsus.org/body.cfm?id=1061&action=detail&ref=38

St. Lukes Health System - Boise, Meridian, & Nampa    

Car Seat Safety Checks
St. Luke’s NHTSA-certified car seat technicians answer questions and individually evaluate your car seat for proper installation, use, and recall status. 
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/find-classes-and-events/results?topic=Car+Seat+Safety+Checks

New Moms Support Group - Boise
Meet other new moms and talk about the joys and challenges of motherhood. 
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/support-groups/new-moms-support-group-boise

New Moms Support Group - Meridian
Meet other new moms and talk about the joys and challenges of motherhood. 
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/support-groups/new-moms-support-group-meridian

 

PARENTING EDUCATION ONLINE

Just In Time Parenting
A free parenting newsletter that is delivered by email and specific to a child’s age and needs. They are designed so that information that’s relevant to your family is automatically delivered to you just in time!
https://jitp.info/

PARENTING EDUCATION (AGES 0-5)

Building Villages - Boise & Meridian

Bringing Baby Home
The greatest gift you can give your child is a strong relationship between you and your partner. Prepare for life with baby and be the best parenting team possible.
https://www.buildingvillages.org/bringing-home-baby/

Parenting Book Clubs
Create community and learn something new. Learn strategies to nurture your child's developing mind, survive everyday parenting struggles, and help your family thrive.
https://www.buildingvillages.org/parenting-book-clubs/

Positive Discipline
Gain a new perspective on parenting that will help you navigate every-day challenges with your children while being kind and firm. 
https://www.buildingvillages.org/positive-parenting-classes/

Parent Teacher Coach - Boise

Creating Connection at Home
Based on the book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber and Mazlish
http://parentteachercoach.com/parenting-classes/

Creating Harmony at Home
Based on the book Siblings Without Rivalry by Faber and Mazlish
http://parentteachercoach.com/parenting-classes/

Developing Capable Children
Based on the book Raising Self-Reliant Children In A Self-Indulgent World by Stephen Glenn
http://parentteachercoach.com/parenting-classes/

Positive Discipline
Based on the book Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson
http://parentteachercoach.com/parenting-classes/

St. Lukes Health System - Boise

Mindful Parenting
Learn to foster healthy parent-child attachment through the development of brain-based parenting skills.
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/classes-and-events/mindful-parenting-boise

Yesterdays Parents, Today's Babies (a class for Grandparents)
Babies haven’t changed, but what we know about them has. Get ready for your new grandchild in this fun class that covers the latest information about today's babies. 
https://www.stlukesonline.org/communities-and-locations/classes-and-events/yesterdays-parents-todays-babies-boise

St. Michaels Episcopal Church

Baby Steps Parenting Education Classes
http://babystepsidaho.com/index.html


Note: Building Villages does not specifically endorse any of the listed providers, programs, or businesses, and can not attest to the quality of the services provided. This list is for informational purposes only. Please take time to research and choose providers and services based on your own personal experience and judgement.