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Parental Pressures part 2 

18-year old Bethany Winnier’s life changed forever when she became pregnant with her daughter Natalie…
While most people her age were hanging with friends and planning for college, she was preparing to become a mom… and she couldn’t be happier… Even when Natalie is a handfull—like all babies are—Bethany wouldn’t have it any other way…

She has a temper. she looks sweet and innocent, but she has a temper. She’s just mad just to be mad. I feel nothing i do will make her happy&quot:…

Fortunately, Bethany has people she can turn to when she needs a helping hand… She’s also learning how to be a good parent and earning her high school diploma by taking classes at the good samaritan agency…

Parents have all these expectations that they can take all of their childrens tears away. and it’s really important to think that parents cant do that all the time…

June Doody is a social worker who helps give young parents the skills they’ll need to become good parents… She says one of the best things they can do is to form a plan before things get out of control.. If your nerves are shot and the baby wont stop crying, it may be time to call someone or simply take a break…

It’s okay to put your baby in a quiet safe place. and generally if we’re talking about a small child that would be their crib. and you can go outside and take a breath. you can call a friend t…

Penny Cook is a child care coordinator at the good samaritan agency.. She’s also the single mom of a six year old son and has experienced the highs and lows of parenthood..She says what may work with one child may not work for another.. You just cant lose your cool…

Being a parent is very rewarding. but it’s very challenging. and you will be challenged for as long as you have that child or that adult in your life. There will be something that comes up and you’ll have to figure out the next step you’re going to do, but it’s all worth it in the end…

The folks at Penquis can also help… They provide a number of services for parents including in home visits and daddy boot camp… Several times each year, expectant fathers are teamed up with veteran dads… They learn everything from how to change a diaper to what to do when a baby wont stop crying…

It’s very hard to do, but if we understand that everyone struggles with this, all babies present this crying behavior. some more frequently and longer than others then we can help each other&quot:..

The bottom line is that parents shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help… Some may fear that they’ll be considered a bad parent if they do reach out, but that really isn’t the case…

You’re reaching out for help. That’s the most positive sign there can be. because you’re realizing parenting is very, very difficult&quot:..

For more information follow these web links:

Penquis

Good Samaritan Agency

Crisis and Counseling Centers