Babies grow. Dogs age. We help families adjust with each stage.
Recently I had the opportunity to share my insights into consulting with families. The article,
Entering a Judgment-Free Zone: Guiding Clients and the Public Through Compassionate Education (pg 50), discusses how compassionate education is a powerful tool to guide families. I discuss how this approach guides, educates, and inspires, and avoids judging, blaming, or shaming people for their lack of knowledge and experience. Compassionate education is the backbone of my consulting, and how I approach every family member that I work with. I am incredibly passionate about helping families to learn and grow together as they move through chapters in life with their animal companions.
Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. ―Brené Brown
I share this with you because one of the many hats I wear encourages this same approach: I have the honor and privilege of being on the advisory team for Family Paws Parent Education, and a licensed presenter of their Dogs & Storks® and Dogs & Toddlers™ programs. Compassionate, judgement-free guidance is the heart and soul of Family Paws Parent Education. We have Jennifer Shryock to thank for that.
What We Do
Our Family Paws Parent Education programs are uniquely designed and specialized to help families with dogs and a baby or toddler, in order to increase safety and reduce stress.
We offer ongoing support and resources for families with dogs.
How We Do It
I invite you to watch our newest video to learn from families sharing their personal stories:
We are ready to support you and your family as your baby grows, and as your dog ages.
- If you’re expecting your first baby, or you have a dog and toddler, I invite you check out our programs for parents.
- If you are a veterinary professional, you’re invited to join our Course for Veterinary Professionals!
- If you’re a dog trainer and you’re interested in becoming one of our presenters or certified consultants, contact us!
- If you’re going to be in the Washington D.C. area on April 26th, come and join us at the Birth and Babies fair! We would love to meet you!
We are here to help everyone adjust with each stage!
Dog and Baby Support Hotline
If you are a new parent and are considering re-homing your family dog, give us a call.
If you have a friend or relative who’s overwhelmed with their dog and baby/toddler, call us.
If you’re a shelter volunteer and would like information to support new and expecting families, give us a call.
Reach out. We are here to help.
NOTE: I know that not everyone who follows my blog is expecting a child or has a dog and toddler, but you may know friends, family members, and coworkers who do. If you feel this information would be a benefit to them, please share this. I strongly believe that we can prevent heartache and stress by letting families know there is support and help available. Education and sharing our stories and experiences with others is how we accomplish this.
Life is not a solo act. It’s a huge collaboration. We all need to assemble around us the people who care, and the people who support us in times of difficulty and stress.