LifeSteps, our parenting education program, enables moms and dads to confidently enter parenthood knowing that they have people walking beside them for support, encouragement and resources. LifeSteps is an ‘Earn While You Learn’ outreach that equips parents with both foundational parenting education and much needed material resources. From pregnancy until their child’s second birthday, LifeSteps provides support and education on many topics including classes on pregnancy, infant care, nutrition, and childbirth.
As they participate, parents earn credits – called Baby Bucks – to be used towards items in the LifeSteps Baby Boutique, including: infant and toddler clothing, bedding, formula, and diapers as well as larger items, such as a new crib, car seat or stroller. Every item provided to parents from our Baby Boutique is generously provided by supporters of Life Network. To view a complete list of current donation needs and learn how you can participate, click here.
Click below to hear Jessica & Luna's story – and how LifeSteps provided much-needed support.
LifeSteps is designed to assist both moms and dads, in a helpful environment without pressure or judgement. We walk alongside young families, making every effort to encourage new parents in their roles as moms and dads, equipping them to be healthy, effective parents. LifeSteps clients meet twice each month with their parenting coach; as their mentoring relationship grows with their coach, so does their parenting knowledge. Our approach is holistic and includes addressing each person’s emotional, physical, mental, practical, and spiritual needs.
The curriculum, taught through a platform called BrightCourse, includes engaging videos with accompanying homework to complement each lesson. The goal is to bring truth and love into a format that strengthens relationships and prepares clients to make wise decisions for themselves and their children. Lessons include information on healthy pregnancy, the developing baby, co-parenting, relationships, budgeting, infant safety, the role of a father, bonding with your baby, the impact of smoking and drug use, infant and toddler sleep issues, discipline, SIDS, basic infant care, recognizing family violence, post pregnancy self-care, and so much more.
So often our clients share that they never had good parenting modeled for them. Regardless of their circumstances, they desire to be loving, present parents in the lives of their children. It is an honor to walk this road with them and navigate the ups and downs of one of the most important jobs in their lifetime. It is our prayer that out of Life Network, negative cycles would be broken and healthy families would be born that will thrive for many generations.