Has anyone utilized the services of Parents as Teachers?
Our local school district offers Parents as Teachers as a service to families in our community. The idea of Parents as Teachers is to help support parents in the community be the best parents they can be by providing educational resources. As a first time mom to twins I am far from a parenting expert so I will take all the community support I can get.
We had our first home visit for our 10 month old twins a couple weeks ago and I’m so impressed with the program. We had someone come to our house to meet the babies and talk more about the program. When she came in our house she already knew the kids by name… “This must be Steven and this must be Vaida”. She was so excited to meet them. She brought a Mary Poppins bag and everything to come out of it was the best thing ever – according to the twins.
She asked me questions about our life – our general routine, family roles, what we like doing as family, how we’re adjusting to life as parents, if I had any concerns or needed help with anything and we talked a lot about what the kids are doing developmentally. She let me know that she has a lot of resources at her fingertips and if there was anything I needed information about or help with I could call/text/email. It could be anything from questions about helping them sleep through the night, developmentally appropriate activities, or even age appropriate events in the community that I could take the twins to.
She played with the kids, watched them interact and brought different toys to see what they do with them. She brought a big stainless steel bowl and some wood blocks and she would put the blocks in the bowl and see if the kids tried to do the same. She gave me some literature to read and we talked about some different activities that I could do with the kids that would help with their development. We’ve scheduled for her to come back in 6 weeks since so much happens developmentally right now. I’m looking forward to our next visit! I don’t know how many school districts around the U.S. offer this type of program but I would definitely encourage you to find out if your area has a similar service.