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TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.

One of our favorite TEDTalks is by Jennifer Senior.  The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it’s “a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic,” as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

To see more videos on parenting, visit the Parenting Success Network’s YouTube page.


Pollywog Holiday Resource Guide

For the last several years, Pollywog and the Parenting Success Network have both worked to create a list of resources available to families in need so that the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are easier for our friends and neighbors to get through.  On November 1, Pollywog published this year’s version.  It is considerably larger than past years because we decided to include all possible food and gift options, and not just those that are specific to the holidays.  In addition, the list is broken down by county for easy reference.

Please feel free to share this resource on your social media, and with the families that you serve.

To download the Guide, please click here.


Crisis Text Line available for Oregon families

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 79 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.  Founder and CEO, Nancy Lublin, “We want to be where you are. We want to make it as easy as possible for people who are in pain to get help.”  Crisis Text Line also has a YouTube presence,, so that you can learn more about their services.

Crisis Text Line has established some guiding principles and strives to help callers based on those principles:

  • We fight for the texter. Our first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU = our priority.
  • We believe data science and technology make us faster and more accurate. See our Founder’s TED talk for more scoop on how we’re using this stuff. While we love data science and technology, we don’t think robots make great Crisis Counselors. Instead, we use this stuff to make us faster and more accurate–but every text is viewed by a human.
  • We believe in open collaboration. We share our learnings in newsletters, at conferences, on social media, on our blog, and at

Here’s how it works:  Oregon_FAQs (1)

Since it’s inception in August 0f 2013, the Crisis Text Line has received 82,348,191 messages about subjects ranging from self-harm, bullying, domestic abuse, suicide, to school issues, sadness, loneliness, and a host of others.  If you need someone to talk to, text a counselor at the Crisis Text Line.


Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter

The December 2018 issue of the Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter has arrived.  This issue features articles about generosity, and why it’s important that we teach our children to understand this concept.  Articles include: What is Generosity, The Book Nook (with suggested reading about generosity), Experiencing and Learning Kindness, and 10 Benefits to Children from Learning and Practicing Kindness.

To download the English newsletter, please click here.

To download the Spanish newsletter, please click here.


One Caring Person Campaign

The Health Departments from Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties are working together on a campaign they call, “One Caring Person”. The campaign is hoping to improve a child’s opportunities to overcome trauma and ACEs by learning to cope with stress, practicing calming techniques, engaging kids in age-appropriate volunteer service to the community, making time for fun and activities that kids enjoy, building resilience, and increasing opportunities for kids to connect with caring adults.

Below are the flyers that the Health Departments and the IHN-CCO are distributing throughout the community.  Please take a look and see if this is something you might be interested in participating in.

To download an English flyer, please click here.

To download a Spanish flyer, please click here.

To download an Educator flyer, please click here.


OPEC Releases List of Family Resources

Recently the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC) released it’s list of favorite Parent Resources.  In order to be included on this list, the resource/agency must be research-based, inclusive, and come from an organization that provides the parent information free of charge.   These websites offer families support by sharing information on child development and parenting strategies, providing families with resources related to quality child care, and more. Use them to support your own family or share them with the families in your life!

To download the list, please click here.