"As Parent Educators, we seem to influence more than the part of the family that is enrolled in the program. We need to consider what is going on in the whole “picture” and how we can make a difference.”
Easterseals Midwest Home Visitation - Nurturing Parenting Program
One of their families has many boys, ages ranging from 4 months to 16 years old. Mom shared with her home visitor that she does not like to read and she never reads. She felt bad as to how this has probably affected all of her boys. She worries it will be the same for her 4-month-old. She mentioned she knows this affects their schoolwork and grades.
Mom explained how not being able to read well impacted her childhood like children being mean or making fun of her because of it. The home visitor shared it is never too late to turn this around. The home visitor also shared that when she was in school, she too was not a very good reader.
-Shared by a Home Visitor -
"One of the mothers that engaged in the Moving Beyond Depression (MBD) program wanted to share the mirror she received upon completion of the program with the other members in her Women's Group.
The home visitor stated that it was a powerful moment for the entire group because many of the other women were also involved with the MBD program at different stages. This home visitor later went on to say that MBD really gave the mother the boost in parenting that she needed. She stated that initially she would have minimal to no communication with her son, and now she was talking and interacting with her son more than she ever had in the past. The home visitor stated that the support that MBD provides families and home visitors is invaluable."