NYSPEP'S mission is to promote and improve parenting education, in order to enhance parenting skills, knowledge and behavior.





“Life is no straight and easy corridor along
which we travel free and unhampered,
but a maze of passages,
through which we must seek our way,
lost and confused, now and again
checked in a blind alley.
But always, if we have faith,
a door will open for us,
not perhaps one that we ourselves
would ever have thought of,
but one that will ultimately
prove good for us.”
A.J. Cronin

During this unprecedented time of confusion, chaos, fear and unknown future we are challenged with stress in all aspects of our lives. Things have turned us upside down and have forced us to find creative ways of serving families. We can choose to embrace the change and move into it, through it, around it, over it or we can stop dead in our tracks and wait for things to go back to “normal”.

The futures of our children are far too important. As Parenting Educators, we know that the way to stabilize children is to stabilize their parents. Our work is far too important to abandon. It is time to embrace change and not be afraid of it.

Things to consider as we move into it, through it, around and over it (because stopping dead in our tracks is off the table):

  • Having things familiar can make us happy and maybe even complacent. We can tend to hold on very tightly to “this is how we’ve always done it”.
  • If you do not change you can become extinct. You can become “non-essential”.
  • What would you do if you were not afraid of the loss of a job or funding?
  • Pay attention to the signs, the writing on the wall. Talk to others, network, join a think tank, become a change agent.
  • Moving in a new direction can be exciting.
  • When you stop being afraid it frees you up to be creative, it helps you to remember why you love what you do.
  • Imagine yourself enjoying new ways of reaching families. The quicker you let go of the old way of doing business the quicker you will embrace new creative ways.
  • It is safer to move into, around it, over it, through it; than to stay “stuck” waiting for things to return to “normal”. That is when you become extinct/non-essential.
  • Holding onto old beliefs will not lead to embracing the new future.
  • When you see yourself enjoying new approaches you are freed up to changing course.
  • Noticing small changes early helps you to adapt to the bigger changes that are to come.

Change happens, anticipate change, monitor change, adapt to change quickly, change, enjoy change, be ready to change quickly and enjoy it again and again!!!

Written and submitted by Karen Sweeney, NYSPEP Senior Parenting Educator
Adapted from the Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson, M.D.

To take this article another step further we would like to have you submit some of the new, innovative practices that you have tried to meet the needs of the families that you work with. They will be collected and shared in the October newsletter. Please submit to Karen Sweeney at markarensweeney@gmail.com Thank you.


NPEN is, once again, offering a full scholarship to the Zero to Three Conference October 5-9, 2020 (this year’s conference is, of course, virtual).  As most of you know, Wales was a dedicated member of the NYSPEP Steering Committee. Please share this opportunity with your networks and particularly with anyone you think might be interested and benefit from the experience. This initiative was extremely successful last year, and we are looking forward to giving another deserving parenting educator access to the latest research and to connections in the field.  

Information can be found here. The deadline is September 1st.


Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) Expands Online Support for Parents,  as families everywhere continue to navigate consequences of the past four months.

"Just because we've been doing this awhile, doesn't mean it's getting easier," says Tara N. Burgess, EPIC's Executive Director. "Parents are still navigating homeschooling, unemployment or trying to work from home, caring for their families and potentially dealing with health issues. They need as much support as possible, and that's what these cafés aim to do."

The groups will be hosted every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday via Zoom teleconferencing and are open to all parents. Participants will need a free Zoom account to join the group, but there is no cost associated with participating. 

The Tuesday and Thursday groups begin the week of July 20, and the Wednesday group is currently running. 

Follow this link for more information.