Nourishing Children’s Bodies and Minds

We are raising children during unprecedented times. Threats to our health, our societies, and our planet loom large these days and contribute to rising levels of stress and anxiety in our families. Parents need and deserve good information and support to navigate these challenges.

This year’s MPCP Speaker Series is focusing on what we can do right now as parents to support the social, emotional, and physical health of our children and thus lay a strong foundation for their future wellbeing. 

  • WHEN: April 5 and 25, 2022 (see below for date/time details)
  • WHO: This series is open to anyone interested in the topics being covered.
  • WHERE: Zoom Video Conferencing

The Power of Parenting

Lawrence J. Cohen, PhDApril 5, 7-8pm PT

On April 5, child psychologist and author Lawrence J. Cohen will present, “The Power of Parenting,” sharing with us tools and strategies for helping our children shed fears, gain confidence, and thrive.

Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD is a psychologist and author based in Portland. His books “Playful Parenting” and “The Opposite of Worry” have been translated into 18 languages. He is also the co-author of “The Art of Roughhousing”, “Best Friends Worst Enemies”, and “Mom They’re Teasing Me”. He works with families, parents, and educators around the country and around the world.


Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Free Online Mindfulness Groups for Parents and Caregivers

This culturally relevant mindfulness and compassion program has been created by our team of parent leaders and partners from Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and the Arc of King County.

Lenna Liu, MD, MPH April 25, 7-8pm PT

On April 25, pediatrician and UW professor Lenna Liu will help us think about ways we can promote healthy relationships with food in our families. Her talk, “Cradled at the Table,” will explore the interconnection of comfort, security, and eating as we learn mindfulness-based strategies for meeting some common food-related parenting challenges.

Lenna Liu, MD, MPH has been a pediatrician at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic for 30 years and is also a Professor of Pediatrics at UW School of Medicine. As a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher, she is also a member of OBCC’s Mindfulness and Compassion Program. She has been passionate about supporting families in their wellbeing through nutrition, movement and mindfulness. 


A resource for families connected to the nutrition segment.

WIC Nutrition Appointments
WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and children under 5 years of age eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. WIC is onsite at our Family Resource Center in Wallingford several Thursdays each month for walk-ins and by appointment. Please call in advance to ensure availability.

WIC provides:
– Health Screening
– Nutrition and health education
– Information and support for breastfeeding
– Help getting other services
– Checks for nutritious foods

To get more information on whether you are income eligible and how to access services, please call (206) 694-6728.

We hope you’ll join us!