Annie’s Story

Paying it Forward: Annie’s Story

Annie, a first-time mother, was working with a family support worker in INMED’s Healthy Families Loudoun program in order to gain valuable parenting skills. She became one of the most dedicated participants in the program, and was eager to share what she had been learning with others.

She offered to babysit for Nora, also a first time-mother in the program. Nora was overwhelmed by the challenges of parenting twin baby girls, and lacked even the most basic knowledge of what her daughters’ developmental milestones should be.

Annie began regularly sharing information and suggestions about the babies’ development, parenting skills, and appropriate expectations to Nora, based on what she had learned from the program. Nora was impressed by the amount of information Annie knew, even though she too was a first-time parent. She was grateful for Annie’s knowledge and hoped to learn from her.

Nora was impressed by the amount of information Annie knew, even though she too was a first-time parent. She was grateful for Annie’s knowledge and hoped to learn from her.

 
Before her next scheduled visit, Annie called her family support worker and asked if she could take extra copies of the material from the program curriculum to share with Nora. Annie introduced various new topics to Nora through these materials.

Today, Nora is applying all that she has learned from the Healthy Families Loudon program and is very proud of her new parenting skills. Annie is proud she was able to pass on what she learned from the program to another mother like herself, making it an extremely rewarding experience for both women.

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