Mom's Network offers family friendly workshops


WALLA WALLA - The Moms' Network will hold three new workshops at the YMVA for local parents, starting in February.

Each will provide information and ideas plus create an open forum to discuss parenting issues and "realistic issues," said Beth Swanson, founder and president of the community network.

"Our hope with the upcoming parenting series is to educate our local parents and give them tools to make their family stronger," she said..

The first of the free series starts 7 a.m. Feb. 9. The topic is "Resilience Trumps Trauma" with Mark Brown and Teri Barila of the Children's Resilience Initiative. They will discuss how parents can foster resilience in their own children to make them stronger individuals. They will also discuss local resources available to families and how to access them.

On March 21, local mom Terri Neal will lead a program titled "Mom to Mom."

The final program, on April 16, will be "Yoga Stretches for Moms" with yoga instructor Rebecca Thorpe

Workshops are open to all families. Spanish translation services and free childcare will be provided. The series is sponsored by The Moms' Network, Walla Walla Public Schools and the YMCA.

To register or for more information about the series and other family-friendly events, contact Swanson at 301-7471 or


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