In this issue we celebrate 30 years of service, provide a brief history of the organization and a comparison of 'Then & Now', provide a sneak peek of the 10th annual Dorothy Campion-Corcoran Parenting Lecture 'How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World', hear the perspective of a pediatrician on secondhand screen time, highlight the relationship between Good Beginnings and Tuck students, take a look at postpartum disorders, and describe the support provided to foster families.
In this issue we welcome new Executive Director, Karen Morton, hear from Linda Shemanske on her 30 years with Good Beginnings, provide a sneak peek of the 30 year anniversary celebrations to come in 2016, highlight some other UV resources including the Child Focus Forum, highlight our new website, take a look at our growth chart, and provide details on our upcoming fall lecture: 'The Gift of Failure: Parenting for Autonomy and Competence'. Please click here to read the full newsletter!
Pictured here with one of her many donation bundles, Mary Beth Stocken makes hooded towels in multiple colors with various patterns for the hood. One hooded towel is placed in each of the Welcome Baby Bags that Good Beginnings gives to every recipient family via a matched volunteer in-home visitor.
Mary Beth had a Volunteer In-Home Visitor when her second son was born. "My volunteer, Susan, was our 'Tuesday Morning Angel'. She came each week and helped around the home, watched the baby, played with my older sons and let me rest," stated Mary Beth while delivering some of her hand-made hooded towels. "My children have always had towels with a hood like these, and I thought perhaps other children would like one of their own. It is a way that I can show how much I appreciated the help from Good Beginnings during that extremely busy time with a young baby".
Now, with her children growing up, Mary Beth has time to give back to Good Beginnings. She is making and donating a hooded towel for each baby engaged in the Volunteer In-Home Visitor program during this fiscal year. The towels have been a huge hit!
Thank you, Mary Beth!
Thank you so much to Erma and her fellow quilters from Northern Lights Quilt Guild who recently donated 18 quilts to Good Beginnings!
Karen Morton, of Lebanon, has been named executive director of Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley.
“The Upper Valley has so much to offer families,” Morton said. “From play groups to story time, and from sports centers to medical facilities, there is so much available to families here where we live. Good Beginnings wants to be a part of that support by helping connect families of new babies with volunteers who offer an extra set of helping hands.”
In this issue meet board members Cathy Girard and Gail Taylor, and learn more about our 8th annual Dorothy Campion-Corcoran Lecture, "Beyond Bossing, Begging, and Bribing" with Jeanine K. Fitzgerald. Also, read about Martha Robb and why she gives to Good Beginnings, as well as view a list of all our generous supporters. Read Fall 2014 Newsletter here.