At the heart of the Beaumont Parenting Program are the beliefs that there is strength in numbers, the knowledge that a burden shared is a burden lessened, and a joy shared is a joy increased ten-fold. No one understands these ideas as well as our program volunteers, because at the heart of the BPP we find those dedicated men and women who help new parents build the community of support where they will lessen their burdens and expound their joys—people like one of the BPP’s new volunteers, Dayna Datta.
Dayna, 32, is a mother of four and resides in Rochester Hills with her family. The triplets give her great experiences to use as she leads a multiples group for the BPP. A volunteer for six months, Dayna says she loves all of the babies. She explains, “being in a room with new babies makes you really stand back and admire how amazing and beautiful they all are!” She also enjoys meeting the other volunteers in the program, and feels that she’s learning a great deal from them. She feels that “what a volunteer gets back is so much more than they could ever give—it’s immeasurable and unexpected.”
In addition to being a volunteer for the BPP, Dayna is a pre-med student (with four kids under 4!). She laughs when asked if she has any hobbies—but says she used to enjoy taking baths, reading and travel. Now, however, she admits that she’s “secretly ecstatic when all are in bed, nobody needs me, and it’s quiet.” (Don’t worry, Dayna; it doesn’t need to be a secret. All moms long for a little quiet time—even if there’s not enough of it to soak in the tub!)
One of the things Dayna hopes to accomplish with her work for the BPP is to show her children the importance of giving and caring for the world and communities to which they belong. She also hopes to foster that community of support for new parents. Dayna says, “becoming a parent is essentially the start of your own community. We know how important it is at home to help and strengthen each other, so it must be equally as important to do so outside the home in greater communities, as that is where we will one day be sending our children off to. I volunteer with the Beaumont Parenting Program because I think family, in the many definitions it may hold, is the foundation to a community.”
With foundations such as those being built by Dayna, the Beaumont Parenting Program will surely continue to strengthen our community of family. Thanks, Dayna!
– Nicole Capozello, Parenting Program Volunteer