Following the launch of their prenatal class series in October 2016, Melissa Griffin and Jessica Hill, two Westport moms and founders of The Parent Collective (TPC), have kicked off a crash course for new parents, with the first six months of the series covering such topics as Achieving Developmental Milestones Through Play, Healthy Sleep Habits, and Weaning and Baby Nutrition.
This series is meant to offer an outlet for parents to learn some strategies for positively managing transitions within the family and arming first-time and experienced parents with the knowledge needed to navigate parenthood, according to the founders. In keeping with the ethos of The Parent Collective, there will also be an opportunity to socialize, meet other parents, and build a network of friends.
“We have chosen topics of interest to our participants and hope that this will lend a relevancy to the sessions,” explained Melissa. Jessica added, “With each phase of parenting, we as parents have been insecure and worried that we didn’t quite have the tools to successfully navigate it, and our goal is to help parents feel more confident.”
TPC workshops run on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at partner venues in Westport and Fairfield. Participants get a sneak peek at different establishments, including baby and fashion shops, exercise studios and pediatric doctors’ offices. Each session lasts an hour, with time at the end to socialize and make connections. The courses are taught by highly trained facilitators, including family therapists, occupational and speech therapists, pediatricians, sleep trainers, baby nurses and doulas, nurses and more.
The program caters to small groups, designed for in-depth and relaxed discussion, where no question is out of bounds. Space is limited, so advance booking is essential.
Melissa and Jessica, who both had their children in the United Kingdom, started The Parent Collective after recognizing a gap in the market for educational classes that offered new parents an opportunity to meet others living in the same community and having babies around the same time. After much research, it became clear to the two women that many also moved to Fairfield County after having their first child elsewhere, and so the workshop series was born.
For more information or to book a class, visit theparentcollective.com.