WESTON, Conn. Susan O'Brien gave birth to four children in 20 months three are now 18 years old and the fourth is 19.
"It can be very isolating being a new mom," said O'Brien, who has been hosting parenting groups in Fairfield County for more than 15 years. "It's so nice to be able to ask other moms questions and to have a professional who has been there themselves."
Starting in late September, O'Brien will host parenting workshops in Weston for new moms and moms of preschoolers, which will be offered through Weston Youth Services. New moms will learn about sleeping and eating habits and how to get their babies on schedules.
"It can be intimidating to ask a doctor. You go in quickly and ask medical questions and may not be able to ask these other questions," said O'Brien. "Sometimes moms are embarrassed if their child isn't on a schedule or isn't eating."
O'Brien said putting a baby on a sleep schedule can be stressful for a new mom because she doesn't want to hear her baby cry. "Moms will get to know their child. They'll learn about their child's behavior and what crying means," she said.
The new moms workshop will start with a topic-specific lecture, then a question-and-answer session, followed by a discussion among the group. The new moms group will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays from Sept. 22 through Oct. 20 at the Weston Library Community Room. Moms can bring their babies up to age 1.
The workshop for moms of preschoolers will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 10 at the Weston Library Community Room. Topics will include discipline, sibling rivalry, bedtime issues, nutrition and eating habits.
Each session is $10 and drop-ins are welcome. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. To preregister, visit the Weston Youth Services website or contact Kristin Ferrara at 203-222-2585 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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