Over the course of 5 weeks, you will receive 5 parent workbooks, each with a set of carefully crafted questions on a specific child development topic (e.g. Separations, Play, etc.). Every week, we also invite you to join an online moderated parent group discussion on a given topic. The discussions provide an opportunity for you to connect with other parents, to share observations, celebrate your stories, and problem solve any concerns. During the session, our experts will also highlight relevant key concepts in child development, to provide a framework for you to view infant behavior and parenting practices through a developmental lens. In between sessions, if you have any questions or want to share your workbooks, our team is available to provide feedback and guided resources.
Beginning Together is structured and focused around key child development topics. In addition, while our experts share the “big ideas” in child development, they do not promote any specific parenting approach. We view parents as the experts on their children, and respect individual differences not only in children’s personality and development, but also in parents’ value, culture and convictions about raising their children. We also establish ground rules in the first meeting, to communicate our core values around privacy, respect, being non-judgmental, encouraging sharing but not advising.
Our group sessions are 60 minutes each week, over Zoom.
No. However, our parents have shared that it’s been helpful for them to look through the questions beforehand.
Yes. The sessions will be hosted over Zoom. We welcome partners, grandparents or any other caregivers of your children to participate in completing the weekly workbooks and/or joining the group discussions.
Our groups are usually 5-10 parents.
We try, where possible, to form groups based on location proximity. On an opt-in basis, we are happy to share contact information for parents in the same group if you want to connect offline or outside of the program. In addition, we create opportunities for virtual connectivity during and after the program.
Yes, where possible, we form groups based on age. However, we’ve also found that diversity in age, culture, and family composition all add to the richness of the group conversations. In particular, having both first time and experienced parents in the same group has been perceived as extremely valuable.
Yes, we welcome parents of different circumstances and a variety of experiences—parents of premature baby, single parent, adopted, twins, etc.
Unfortunately, we currently do not have a program for expectant parents. However, we would love to connect with you and share materials and resources that are relevant for expectant parents. And we would love to stay in touch and have you join a group after giving birth.
We would love to connect with you. We’ve had moms of toddlers join our groups in the past and found the experience of “retrospective journaling” extremely rewarding.
The final product can take many forms. Once completed, the weekly Beginning Together parent workbooks can be printed as a unique baby book. Some parents have also created customized photo books based on the content in their Beginning Together workbooks. We are happy to share some sample products for your inspiration.
No worries, we’ll share highlighted notes with you afterwards. If you have any questions or want to share your workbook with us, our team is happy to provide any feedback as well. Unfortunately we can’t prorate for missed sessions.
We are happy to have you try 1 session. If you decide this is not the right program for you, we will prorate the fee for the 1 session attended and refund the rest.
After Beginning Together Part 1, we welcome you to sign up for another cycle (Beginning Together Part 2), which will cover a different set of 5 topics.
After that, some parents have signed up for Beginning Together Part 1 again as their babies get older. While the topics are the same, the workbook content will be keyed to your baby’s developmental stage.