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Parents need time off too

Parent Care Day gives Mom and Dad time to relax and learn
By Alyssa Kelly
Char-Koosta News

Yoga instructor Anais Starr taught guests techniques in mediation and yoga. “Caring for yourself is important because it allows you to provide better care for others,’ she says. (Alyssa Kelly photo) Yoga instructor Anais Starr taught guests techniques in mediation and yoga. “Caring for yourself is important because it allows you to provide better care for others,’ she says. (Alyssa Kelly photo)

PABLO – The hustle and bustle of everyday parenting can leave adults physically, mentally and spiritually drained. The challenges of ‘adulting’ didn’t get past Project Launch’s attention who invited parents to explore health and relaxation at the “Parent Care Day” at Two Eagle River School. The one-day event featured self-care workshops including yoga and meditation, massage, art, beauty, and Brazilian Jujitsu.

“When parents have healthy avenues and resources to unwind, it’s better for the whole family,” said Project Coordinator Whitney Danz. “We coordinated with different groups, individuals, and organizations to give parents an idea of what is out there. We hope they leave here feeling more relaxed.”

Guests were treated to massages. (Alyssa Kelly photo) Guests were treated to massages. (Alyssa Kelly photo)

Parent Care Day was part Project Launch’s family-strengthening component. Parent Care Day also included a healthy meal and free childcare services. Mother of two, Amy Stiffarm attended the event with her friend and said she planned to try each of the workshops. “Sometimes it’s hard to get out and do things when you have small children so I really appreciated the fact that they had childcare. It’s hard work being a parent,” she said

Yoga instructor Anais Starr’s workshop taught techniques in breathing, focused meditation, and Yoga poses. “They tell you on a plane that you need to put your own oxygen mask on first before you assist others,” Starr said. “Caring for yourself is important because it allows you to provide better care for others. Yoga is a concentrated moving meditation that prepares your body for every day tasks and relaxes you. It’s something the whole family can do together.”

Tyshina Whitworth provided services in false lash placement and eyebrow grooming. “Taking time to beautify yourself can make you feel better,” she says. (Alyssa Kelly photo) Tyshina Whitworth provided services in false lash placement and eyebrow grooming. “Taking time to beautify yourself can make you feel better,” she says. (Alyssa Kelly photo)

Beauty technicians Fawn Hitchcock and her daughter Tyshina Whitworth provided manicures, false lash placement, and eyebrow shaping services as well as beauty consultations. “Taking time to beautify yourself can make you feel better about taking on the day,” Whitworth said. “Right now everything is about the eyebrows and the advice I would give is to trim them. Even when I don’t have time to do my make up, maintaining my eyebrows helps me look presentable.”

Local artist Frank Finley taught guests to create ledger artwork. “Art is a great way to not only relax but express your self,” he says. (Alyssa Kelly photo) Local artist Frank Finley taught guests to create ledger artwork. “Art is a great way to not only relax but express your self,” he says. (Alyssa Kelly photo)

Frank Finley, Jr. is an artist from the Flathead Reservation who hosted a ledger art table. Finley taught attendees what supplies to purchase and how to paint their own works. “Art is a great way to not only relax but express your self,” he said. “I’ve had people come today who kind of lost track of time in their own artwork.”

Project Launch is a five-year grant funded through the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotions & Youth Violence Prevention. The program provides support for an unmet community need in five areas: Behavioral Health, Mental Health Consultation, Screening and Assessment, Family Strengthening, and Enhanced Home Visiting. The goal is to promote wellness and development for children age birth to eight years old.

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