The Beaumont Parenting Program (BPP) touches countless lives. Those lives reach out and touch others, spreading the love and compassion that embodies the spirit of the BPP.
We know that families who participated in the program sometimes move away, taking with them the support they received as group members, and as moms and dads supported by caring callers. I like to envision those families attached to us with tiny threads spreading almost all over the world.
The BPP volunteer I’d like you to meet today is attached by one of those threads, but she’s also sending back her own thread of love and support, as she strengthens the ties that bind by volunteering for the BPP — all the way from Wisconsin.
Marci Kelkar became a part of the program when she and her son, Kavin, participated in a daytime parenting group. When Marci and her husband, Prashant, had a second child, she led a daytime group with their daughter, Simren. Thus Marci gave back to the program that she found to be “a wonderful resource and support for new moms”.
When Prashant went to work in Seattle and Alaska, Marci and her children moved to Wisconsin to be close to family while her husband was away. For most, that would’ve ended their volunteer work. However Marci wanted to keep giving back to the program, so she became an Individual Family Support (IFS) caller.
As an IFS caller, Marci often gives advice to new parents, so I asked her to share some of her wisdom. She echoed a classic piece of advice we hear often from seasoned parents:
“As a new parent it’s easy to get completely consumed with being a mom and caring for a new baby. I like to remind moms that it’s also important to take time out for themselves and do something for themselves occasionally too. They’re busy caring for the baby, and who’s caring for them? So I like to remind them it’s healthy to take a break; let dad or a grandparent help out so mom can get some rest or take a break. Maybe even be able to take an uninterrupted shower. 😉 ”
When this former cardiac ICU nurse takes her own advice, she enjoys reading and recommends a book she just finished: “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. Marci’s favorite children’s book is “I’ll Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch, a story that talks about love undiminished by time.
Marci and her family plan to move back to the metro Detroit area in the summer. She looks forward to leading another group, and perhaps reinstating her weekly “date” with her son where they ride the train at Greenfield Village.
Until then, Marci continues to embody the spirit of caring — undiminished by distance — as she sends her thread of support back to BPP families, strengthening a web of love joining volunteers, parents and children all over the globe.
– Nicole Capozello, Parenting Program volunteer