Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Have you Signed Up a Grandparent Today? New Grandparenting Class at Isis Parenting Massachusettss

What a fun (and helpful) way to involve a grandparent-to-be in your pregnancy! Love the idea of having grandparents take a class because we all know that sometimes information sounds better coming from someone other than us when it comes to parenting. Don't you think?  Plus, often a first-time grandparent-to-be is so excited for the baby to come, it will be a fun way to get in on the action.
Carrie, baystateparent


Greater Boston’s Premier Parent Education Centers Expands Class Offerings
with a Class for “Grandparents Today”

NEEDHAM, MA, MARCH 22, 2011 – Isis Parenting announces the launch of their first class designed exclusively for new grandparents. With dozens of class offerings from Childbirth Education, Breastfeeding Support, Early Parenting Groups and Child Development Programs, Isis Parenting is pleased to be able to offer their educational expertise to this important group of extended family -- grandparents. 

“Grandparents Today” will be the first Isis Parenting class focused on this important life change and the information, attitudes and parenting decisions that continue to evolve with each generation. “Through discussion with mothers and fathers in our Early Parenting classes, we’ve found a large demand for an information-based class for the new grandparents of 2011. A lot has changed in terms of research findings and recommendations. While honoring their special role as grandparents and respecting their parenting experience, we created this class to provide the updated information to help them best support their children and grandchildren,” says Early Parenting Program Lead, Marena Burnett.

I can imagine grandparents feeling very overwhelmed, particularly since they were raised (and raised us) before the 'explosion' of the baby industry,” an Isis Parenting client expresses her thoughts after her parents and in-laws first saw the enormous market of baby products available as they prepared for the arrival of their first grandchild. The purpose of “Grandparents Today” is to make this transition easier for new parents and grandparents. From bedside co-sleepers, Miracle Blankets and travel systems, to concerns over vaccinations, reflux and food allergies, today’s parents have dozens of new products and “rules” that barely existed 30 years ago.  Back to sleep? Tummy time? Car seat inspections? There are so many changes to keep up with that grandparents are sure to feel better informed after taking this class.
The class will review current research and advice related to infant safety, feeding, sleep and essential baby gear. The class will also explore common issues like communication, boundaries and mutual respect, and how to best offer help and support from near and afar.

“Grandparents Today” will launch in April, with classes scheduled and open for registration now in all five Isis Parenting centers. The registration fee ($49.00) covers one grandparent. A second grandparent may attend at half-price. To register, visit or call 781-429-1500.

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