Parenting Success Network

Video interview with Dr: Chandra Ghosh Ippen:

At our 7th annual May Speaker Event, Dr. Chandra Ghosh Ippen shared her work on how to help children overcome stress “Using Metaphors and Stories”. She shared core lessons about stress and trauma and the importance of acknowledging what families have been through, helping them to make meaning of their experiences, and supporting them in having new experiences that help them grow and love well.

If you are interested in hearing more from Dr. Ippen, we invite you to listen to Dr. Barbara Stroud discussing “The ABCs of Trauma with Dr. Chandra Ghosh Ippen” shared in the link below.

Dr. Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a children’s book author and creates videos for children to understand stress and trauma.

Children’s books by Dr. Chandra Ghosh Ippen:

  • Once I was Very Very Scared 
  • Holdin Pot
  • The Trinka and Sam series


Nurturing Children Series 

Our Nurturing Children series continues in June with Nurturing Attitudes.

In Nurturing Attitudes we will examine the three components of attitude: cognition, affect and behavior. We will explore activities and approaches that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-bias in early childhood.

Learn more HERE

Live & Learn summer classes will open for registration in a few weeks! Stay tuned for the date!

To see your options, look at the PSN calendar or follow the link below to a complete list of classes.

Classes begin TBD! Enjoy new songs, games, and activities with your child.  Meet other parents and children in your community.  Learn how to support your child’s amazing development. Classes will remain virtual using Zoom until further notice. To participate you will need an internet device with a speaker and a camera.   Families can join at any time if space is available. To register for classes use the following link:


Resources for Talking to Children about Race & Equality 

by Parenting Now!

As early as 6-months old, babies begin to notice differences in people, including their skin color, hair, and eyes. It’s never too early to have conversations about race with your child and there are wonderful, kid-friendly resources out there to help guide you along in the process. The Parenting Now! Educators have rounded up some of their favorite resources for talking to children about race and equity. Here are some of their top choices.



Read-along Children’s Books about Race & Diversity:


FREE – Remote Parenting Coaching is now available!

Richard Halpern, M.A. is now offering parent coaching via Zoom session or by phone. This one-on-one support is available to Linn, Benton, and Lincoln County parents.

Parenting Coaching can help promote positive parent-child relationships, improve communication and problem solving skills. It can build on family strengths while supporting the development of new ideas and helpful strategies. Together you will identify skill building opportunities for children based on their age and stage of development. Find your own best way to parent.

Richard Halpern, M.A. has over 25 years’ experience working with families in schools and nonprofits. He teaches Parenting Education for Multnomah Family Court and  is certified as a Positive Discipline Parent Educator.

Parenting Success Network is working in collaboration with to offer FREE sessions. Choose to schedule a phone call or Zoom session (over internet) at this link:



Pollywog is a local program that links families to prenatal education and then later to parenting education, and can also assist with families in need of additional resources.  If you have children in the 0-5 year-old age range, please contact Pollywog and see what we can do to help.


Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter

The May issue of the Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter has arrived. This issue focuses on Keeping Children Connected From a Distance. During times of when in person playdates and going to the playground are not possible we have to get creative to find ways for kids to remain socially connected. Try a few of the ideas in the May OPEC newsletter to help your child stay connected.

To download the English newsletter, please click here.

To download the Spanish newsletter, please click here.