Great Start Parent CoalitionMuskegon Parentville collage

You are invited to join!

WHO? Anyone raising a child 0-12 years old

HOW? Call, text or email Parent Liaison, Cheryl Latsch at 231.260.2307. 

WHERE?  To get started visit a monthy Family Fun Night meeting at the OV Community Ed Building, 1765 Ada Ave, Muskegon. 

WHAT?   

  • Opportunities to learn about parenting and child development through monthly parent gatherings, and more! 
  • Connections to community resources for raising safe, healthy, and successful children.
  • Opportunities to volunteer and assume leadership roles.  
  • A chance to have your voice heard in the community on issues that affect your children. 

Fathers Matter Logo with Male symbol that looks like an anchor. Est 2019 FOR DADS 

Dad's Bring Something Special to the Game.  

  • Moms and Dads parent differently!  Children benefit from both styles! Read more.  

Research about Dads & Infants

  • Hold your baby against your skin right after birth to transfer good hormones. 
  • Infants can recognize Dad's voice at birth and show excitement as early as eight weeks old.  
  • Participate in bathing, feeding and diapering your baby!  Studies show the more you do, the better able your child will be able to hand stress when he or she is older.    

Did you know? 

  • Pregnant women with father support have only a 22.2% rate of pregnancy loss, compared to  48.1% for women without father support
  • Children without Dads are 4 times more likely to live in poverty
  • Students living in father-absent homes are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school. 

It Takes Two;  Co-Parenting Tips 

About 50% of babies in America are born to single women. When parents don't live together, parenting can be especially hard.  What's the key to successful co-parenting?
 

  • Keep the focus on the child(ren). 
  • Conflict is natural and promotes growth.
  • Focus on negotiating and resolving differences.
  • Communicate regularly and try to see the other point of view. 
  • Remember, parents who love their children and want what is best for them may still have different values. 
  • Compromise when needed.  
  • Differences are good! Look for ways to value what the other parent does well. 
  • Remember your child(ren) will benefit from the different strengths of each parent.