Counselor's Corner
  • Parenting Support: Nurturing Stronger Families Together

    I enjoyed meeting many of you at Spring conferences!  Parenting is both joyous and immensely challenging.  We strive to provide our kids with the love, care, and guidance they need to thrive.  And thankfully, we don't have to do it alone. 

    Parenting support… 

    • Plays a crucial role in navigating the various stages and complexities of raising children by offering a safe space to share experiences, concerns, and challenges.
    • Provides access to valuable information, expert advice, and evidence-based strategies to address parenting dilemmas and make informed decisions.
    • Offers a network of individuals who provide empathy, validation, and a listening ear.  Connecting with other parents, grandparents or guardians who are going through similar experiences can be reassuring.
    • Fosters increased confidence which leads to healthier decision-making and a more fulfilling experience.
    • Creates opportunities to connect with our kids on a deeper level.  Learning effective communication techniques and understanding child development can enhance the parent-child bond. 
    • Offer guidance for healthy relationships with co-parents or extended family members.

    Types of Parenting Support

    Classes and Workshops cover a wide range of topics such as infant care, child development, positive discipline, and managing screen time. 

    Stilly Valley Parent Support Series
    LINC NW Family Resource Center
    Community Resource Center of Stanwood/Camano

    Online Resources (websites, blogs, forums and groups) provide a wealth of information, advice, and communities.

    Foster Parenting & Kinship Care 
    Parent Help 123

    Support Groups allow caregivers to meet others facing similar challenges.  These groups often organize regular meetings to share experiences, seek advice, and develop a strong network.

    Changes Parent Support Network 
    Snohomish County Parent Support

    Counseling and Therapy can address specific family dynamics or emotional challenges, tailored to individual circumstances.

    Care Solace Support 
    Snohomish County Behavioral Health

    Helplines staffed by trained professionals are available in times of crisis when parents need urgent assistance.  Call 988 or 211 anytime for immediate support.

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMHSA) Helpline
    Family Help Line - Parent Trust for WA Children

    Parenting is a rewarding yet demanding journey.  Seeking support can make a significant difference in the lives of both caregivers and children. You are not alone - reach out, connect, and embrace the support available to you.

    Marli Bartness
    ECE School Counselor
    mbartness@lwsd.wednet.edu
    360-652-4515



Marli Bartness, Counselor
  • Marli Bartness
    Mbartness@lwsd.wednet.edu
    (360) 652-4515 ext. 4137

    Office Hours:
    M - F:  8:00 am - 4:00 pm