Education

Free Online Virtual Pregnancy, Parenting, Life Skills & Bible Study classes!

With the current COVID-19 situation, FirstLook is offering an array of Pregnancy, Parenting, Life Skills and Bible Study classes online virtually so you can attend class and have community with other parents from the comfort of your own home, pjs and all!

Infant Expectations (Pregnancy and Parenting)

Thursday, February 25 at 2pm

The first hours, days, and weeks with your newborn baby can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and know! What will my baby look like? What is normal? What kind of behaviors can I expect? Should my baby really sleep so much? Why does my baby cry so much? Is it colic? What if there are complications? What is the right treatment? This class will help new mothers know what to expect with their newborn child and equip them to make the transition from pregnancy to parenting a newborn.

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Infant Hygiene (Pregnancy and Parenting)

Friday, February 26 at 2pm

Caring for an infant does not require vast amounts of training or an advanced degree. Caring for an infant simply requires a dedicated parent willing to respond to a child’s needs in appropriate ways. This class provides standard techniques of care that will help parents to provide for their infant’s day-to-day hygiene needs.

Mommy Nutrition (1st Year)

Monday, March 1 @ 2pm

Let’s see…the choice between chocolate cake or a Snicker’s Bar for lunch vs a healthy alternative. The choice is tough, isn’t it? What feels good vs what is good! This class looks at why a mommy’s nutritional needs are important and how you can make healthy choices 90 percent of the time so that you don’t have to feel guilty about those occasional “feel-good” choices. We’ll take a look at what your nutritional needs really are, and how you can easily meet them, with just a little planning.

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Abuse, Addiction & Abandonment (Single Mother, Lsn. 8)

Monday, March 1 @ 6pm

The first step in preventing abuse is knowing what it looks like. Amy Alexander, LMFT and co-founder of the Refuge Center for Counseling, offers her wisdom and experience in dealing with the issues of emotional abuse in relationships and how to navigate the co-parenting pathway safely.  Counselor Noah Zapf walks us through the process of understanding addiction and the risks it poses for children of addicts. His extensive experience allows him to provide keen insights and practical action points to help you deal with an addicted co-parent.

Time with Toddler (Toddler)

Tuesday, March 2 @ 2pm

The time you spend with your toddler is so important and over so fast. Blink, and they’ll be in preschool! It may feel like you spend most of your time taking care of their needs, cleaning up their messes, and kissing their owies. But the time you spend with them, even if you work outside of the home, gives them exactly what they need! In this class, we talk about four important areas to develop in your parenting in order to give you the most impact with the time you have!

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Bible Study

Tuesday, March 2 @ 2pm

Weekly bible study going over “None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin, with one of FirstLook’s Spiritual Mentors, Gabbi. This book discusses 10 ways God is different from us (and why that’s a good thing.)

Creating Motivation (Parenting)

Wednesday, March 3 @ 2pm

I want it and I want it now! If you enticed your child with the reward of two marshmallows for waiting just 15 minutes before eating the first one, would they do it? Do they have the self-discipline to delay gobbling one sugary treat right away in order to have two in the future? Self-discipline is hard for us, but it’s especially hard for our kids. So how do you motivate your kids to hold off for a better reward? In this class, we’ll give you three basic parenting rules that along with a few goals and expectations will help give your kids the skills they need to have better self-discipline. 

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Simple Infant Care (Pregnancy/Infant)

Thursday, March 4 @ 2pm

Many less common but important topics of infant care are not often discussed, particularly from a researched and documented position. This class will provide mothers with information on a variety of less common subjects that are important to the well-being of their child. Some of these include how to hold a newborn, techniques for soothing a crying baby, bed sharing, burping, infant walkers, pacifiers, and more. Each section is based on research and professional recommendations by leading medical organizations. After watching this class, new parents will be able to make informed and study-based choices in each subject for the care of their newborn.

Caring for Yourself After Birth (Pregnancy/Birth)

Friday, March 5 @ 2pm

Women are often taught to consider the needs of others before their own. After giving birth, it is critical for a woman to take good care of herself so that she is better equipped to care for her newborn. Things like postpartum healing, rest, nutrition, exercise, and how to handle the baby blues help her settle into her new role as a mom. This class will share tips on what to expect after giving birth, and how a postpartum woman can take great care of herself.

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Preventing Child Sexual Abuse (1st Year)

Monday, March 8 @ 2pm

Protecting their children from harm is every parent’s responsibility and concern. Finding out their children were sexually abused is a parent’s nightmare. Ninety percent of sexual abuse happens to victims who know and trust their abuser. So, what can you do to protect your child in a day and age where pornography is easily accessible and stranger danger is no longer your greatest threat? Are sleepovers still safe or should they be avoided? This class answers these questions and takes a close look at what child sexual abuse is, how to teach your children to be safe, how parents can spot potentially unsafe situations for their children, and what you should do if you suspect your child was abused.

Getting Established In a New Area (Life Skills)

Monday, March 8 @ 6pm

It’s time to move, again, and that means getting established in a new area. How do you help your children adapt to a new school and make new friends while still encouraging them to maintain current relationships? How do you get them excited for a new area? You may even find yourself feeling anxious with the idea of establishing your family yet again. This class will help parents support, listen and encourage their children through a difficult transition. It will also prepare parents with a plan of action for getting involved, connected and thriving in a new area.

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The Importance of Words (Toddler)

Tuesday, March 9 @ 2pm

Your words are incredibly important to your child because you’re incredibly important to your child! Unfortunately, it’s hard to always say the right things! Words are POWERFUL and can build confidence and self-esteem, or in one heated moment, tear your child down. In this class, we’ll show you how you can grow your toddler through the power of your words, how to avoid saying the things that tear them down, and what to do when you mess up!

Bible Study

Tuesday, March 9 @ 7pm

Weekly bible study going over “None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin, with one of FirstLook’s Spiritual Mentors, Gabbi. This book discusses 10 ways God is different from us (and why that’s a good thing.)

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Creating Honesty (Parenting)

Wednesday,  March 10 @ 2pm

We’ve all caught our kids in a lie or two. We’ve even told a few ourselves. Why do kids lie and can you teach them to tell the truth? In this class we talk about why lies happen, how your reactions to lies can in fact encourage them, and what you can do to create an environment of honesty in your home to help your kids choose truth over lies. 

Postpartum Depression (Pregnancy/Birth)

Thursday, March 11 @ 2pm

Pregnancy and birth are supposed to be a joyful time. The excitement of parenthood and a new baby, dreams of your sweet family, and those wonderful bonding moments. But all of this may lose some of its joy because of maternal depression and anxiety. This depression or anxiety can begin during pregnancy and worsen after birth. It can be as mild as the “baby blues” or as disabling as postpartum depression or anxiety. This class takes a look at the “baby blues,” postpartum depression, and the difference between them. We’ll also talk about what to do if you have postpartum depression and some helpful tips on how to function at home and how to improve your mood.

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Going it Alone (Pregnancy/Parenting)

Friday, March 12  @ 2pm

When looking at being a mother, many don’t understand the important pieces that need to work together to make a life with a young child. This class goes through the essential needs of every single mother including the 4 most important: Shelter, Income, Food, and Transportation. Each need is discussed and options are given as possible solutions. Then, the emotional needs of both the mother and the child are discussed and advice and help is given to encourage an emotionally healthy family. Finally, their intellectual needs are discussed with encouragement for continuing education and appropriate play for the child.

Immunizations (1st Year)

Monday, March 15 @ 2pm

Opinions about vaccines are easy to find and it is hard to know what to believe. This class uses CDC sources and documented studies to explore the truth about vaccines including: The History of Vaccines; How Vaccines are Made; Are Vaccines Safe; Common Ingredients in Vaccines; Do We Really Need Vaccinations; and Immunization Details. 

 

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Dating & Remarriage (Single Mother, Lsn 9)

Monday, March 15 @ 6pm

Andy Dunn helps us understand the difference in being a single parent or being a single co-parent. That makes all the difference in the world as we explore how and when to introduce dating partners to the children.

I Can Do It Myself (Toddler)

Tuesday, March 16 @ 2pm

Independent toddlers are sometimes talked about in a negative way. The truth: a spirit of independence IS a good thing for them to have, but sometimes it comes out in difficult ways. In this class, we talk about how you can create a home that allows your toddler to develop the four important qualities they’ll need for independence. And we’ll talk about how you can nurture this spirit of independence in your child. 

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Bible Study

Tuesday, March 16 @ 7pm

Weekly bible study going over “None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin, with one of FirstLook’s Spiritual Mentors, Gabbi. This book discusses 10 ways God is different from us (and why that’s a good thing.)

Creating Courage (Parenting)

Wednesday, March 17 @ 2pm

Your child dents your neighbor’s car when playing ball in the street. Do they tell you about it or do they hide it and hope nobody finds out? We want our children to develop into courageous little people who will always do the right thing, even when they’re afraid. But how do you teach it? Does it come from long lectures on the virtues of being courageous? Do they read about it in a book? Or can we look for everyday opportunities in their lives to teach our children about what it means to be courageous? This class gives you tips on how to help your children triumph over their fears and become courageous.

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At Risk Pregnancies (Pregnancy)

Thursday, March 18 @ 2pm

There is risk in everything we do in life, including starting a family. Most pregnancies progress just fine, but sometimes along the way, a complication can arise. It’s scary when this happens. In this class, we will look at the different medical conditions that can affect your pregnancy or your health, what to do if you experience concerning symptoms, what symptoms you should always see your medical provider about, and how to get through a complication. In the end, all we want is a healthy baby and a healthy YOU.

Smoking/Drinking/Drugs (Pregnancy)

Friday, March 19 @ 2pm

From the time you find out you’re pregnant, you will want to give your baby the best start at life. However, unhealthy lifestyle choices and addictions can have a serious impact on the growth and development of your unborn baby. This impact can sometimes happen before you even know you’re pregnant. It’s hard to imagine how everything you put in your body – whether it’s inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin – can affect her! Changing lifestyle habits and overcoming addictions is tough and takes strength, perseverance, and often outside help. This class will cover the effects of smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs during pregnancy. It will cover how these activities affect your developing baby, your pregnancy, and you. It will also cover some of the long-term, developmental issues your child may face from exposure to these harmful chemicals. This class will offer tips on how to successfully quit smoking, drinking, or using drugs, as well as when you should consider asking for help.

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SIDS (1st Year)

Monday, March 22 @ 2pm

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is a scary and confusing subject for most parents. Much research over the years has led to many different recommendations that have greatly reduced the chances of an infant dying unexpectedly. Should you be reasonably worried about SIDS? What can you do to reduce the risk of SIDS happening to your baby? And, how important is it to follow these recommendations? This class will answer these questions and help parents have the peace of mind about SIDS as well as a game plan to reduce the risk of SIDS dramatically for their babies.

Preparing for a Job – The Hard Truth (Life Skills)

Monday, March 22 @ 6pm

We all want that perfect job that pays the bills and provides for our families. And one that we can love going to every day. But how do you find it? The answer might surprise you, but the place to start first is with you. In this class, we help you take a closer look at yourself—the type of person you are, your habits, your personality, and your motivation—to help you determine the kind of employee you’ll be; the type of job you’ll do well in; and the “why” that will get you up and off to work day after day.
Our everyday habits, likes, dislikes, and personality all factor into the type of job that’s best for you. Here’s how you can find out more about yourself and narrow down the opportunities you search for to best support yourself and your family. 

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Toddler Play (Toddler)

Tuesday, March 23 @ 2pm

You may think it’s all just fun and games when you watch a toddler play. But really, many of the skills we need to be successful in life are learned in toddlerhood through play. We learn how to work with others, to share, to negotiate, and to develop decision-making and problem-solving skills. And best of all, we learn HOW to learn. Are you thinking, WHAT? Well come along as we journey into the life of a toddler to discover how playing teaches them so much!  

Bible Study

Tuesday, March 23 @ 7pm

Weekly bible study going over “None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin, with one of FirstLook’s Spiritual Mentors, Gabbi. This book discusses 10 ways God is different from us (and why that’s a good thing.)

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Creating Kindness (Parenting)

Wednesday, March 24 @ 2pm

We want our kids to help old ladies cross the street, serve meals to the poor, and become pals to lonely kids at school. But how do you teach them to be kind? Where does kindness come from? This class gives you tips on finding those teachable moments in everyday life where you can guide your children to choose kindness, and how you can model this value from your own interactions with them to encourage their hearts. 

Shaken Baby Syndrome (Pregnancy/Infant)

Thursday, March 25 @ 2pm

You’ve seen the stories in the news of babies who’ve been violently shaken and then died from their injuries. Most of us think, “Not me! I would never do that!” There are very few people who set out to hurt a baby. But when you are at your wits end, actions can become chaotic and extreme, and sadly, sometimes end with a baby being shaken violently. Learn the three things you need to do to protect your baby and yourself, and what to do if things go too far.

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Expecting Twins and More (Pregnancy)

Friday, March 26 @ 2pm

Do you remember the moment? The one where you discovered you were having twins…or more? You may have been joyful, shocked, and then a little scared. There is a lot of work to bringing one baby home for the first time, but what if you’re bringing home two…or three? Are there things you need to do in your pregnancy with twins that you don’t do when you’re having just one, and how do you prepare for bringing home more than one baby? We’ll talk about all of this and more in Preparing for Twins or More!
Twins are one thing, but what if you have MORE?! Handling that many newborn babies at one time can be tough and scary, but here are some ways you can prepare yourself during and after pregnancy to making bringing home your little ones that much easier!

Newborn Sickness (1st Year)

Monday, March 29 @ 2pm

Colds, the flu, stomach bugs, rashes, and other bacterial or viral infections. These are many of the illnesses parents face when raising children. How do you treat a fever, avoid dehydration, or cope with a nasty cold? Most illnesses can be treated at home. This class takes a look at the common potential illnesses an infant may get within their first year of life and how to treat them. We’ll look at what should go into your home first aid kit, ways to help prevent or keep from spreading illness, and when you should see your medical provider. 

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Beyond Child Support (Single Mother, Lsn. 10)

Monday, March 29 @ 6pm

Co-parenting is not over when the child support ends. Hear from the hearts of these adult children of divorce and learn from their recollections and reflections of the mundane and the significant moments of life.

Explore the topics of divorce and its impact on college, coming home for the first time and navigating summer and Christmas once kids become young adults. In addition, a young adult watching a parents’ marriage unravel produces many deep and significant questions. Dr. Chris Gonzalez discusses some of those questions from a clinical and personal perspective.

What can we learn from 24 years of co-parenting? Long term, real-life co-parents speak to the mindset that helped them develop and maintain a healthy, functional co-parenting relationship for the long-term. Weddings and grandchildren are just a few of the things to be enjoyed in a life-long co-parenting relationship.

Toddler Accidents (Toddler)

Tuesday, March 30 @ 2pm

They hit the ground running and are into EVERYTHING! Your busy little toddler will be exploring, playing, and discovering so many new things. They will also discover gravity and many of the dangers to being human. Bug bites, falls, bruises, cuts, and scrapes, just to name a few. Thankfully they heal well! This class looks at the many ways a toddler can get hurt, and how your first-aid and loving hugs will save the day! 

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Bible Study

Tuesday, March 30 @ 7pm

Weekly bible study going over “None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin, with one of FirstLook’s Spiritual Mentors, Gabbi. This book discusses 10 ways God is different from us (and why that’s a good thing.)

Creating Confidence (Parenting)

Wednesday, March 31 @ 2pm

What kind of super-hero confidence does it take to carry your child through life? To give them super-natural power over their own actions or to defeat the villains of the schoolyard? In this class, we talk about the three things you can do to help create this super-power of confidence in your child!

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Breastfeeding: Goals and Benefits (Pregnancy/Infant)

Thursday, April 1 @ 2pm

In this series you will learn the benefits that come with breastfeeding. You will learn helpful techniques used by a lot of moms to make feeding your baby so much easier. In this first lesson your goals for breastfeeding are discussed and what the professionals recommend. The benefits of breastfeeding are also covered, not just for your baby but for you as well.

Rewards Points

Rewards points are given for participation in our classes. The points can be redeemed for items at Noah’s Boutique or our FirstLook Boutiques. Please see our Rewards Point page for more information.