Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Parent’s Guide to Haywood County, NC

Lake Junaluska, NC
If you are new to Haywood County, North Carolina, you are living in an amazing place. I have compiled my own list of a few places and connections that will help you get connected and find community much quicker.

 Parenting Groups (online and offline)
 • Mother’s Connection • I joined this group when my son was 2-weeks-old. Most of the moms in the group took the Childbirth prep classes together, which was a plus. This class offered a lot of support, coaching and peer fellowship. Lactation support was provided as well as a lot of advice o child development and advice on issues all new moms face. More information
Parents as Teachers - This free resources helps to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. The home visits and resources were priceless. My children and I really enjoyed learning from these amazing educators! Website
Mommy and Me
 • Story Time at the Haywood County Public Library - Awesome opportunity for children to increase their exposure to reading and for moms to connect. The Public Library is an amazing resource for new parents in the area and it should be on your priority list. Website
Kindermusik • The kids and I absolutely loved this class. Music is such an important part of life for children and The Music Village was one of our favorite places to be. Lori Richards offers a free trial class for parents who want to try this amazing class. More information
Mom’s of Haywood County - a must Like group for parents in Haywood county. This is the hub of information on all things from playdates to cosignment sales to advice from other parents. Like this group today

Church
My family attended New Covenant Church in Clyde. Services are at 9 & 11 a.m. New Covenant is a “community church.” They believe in being a blessing beyond the walls, which is very exciting. They have an amazing children’s ministy. My kids went to the nursery when they were as young as 6-weeks-old. They were loved on, prayed for and they had a lot of fun. New Covenant has many life groups available during the week, from a Photography group to all kinds of Bible Studies. They are a jewel and a blessing in the community. Website

Recreation

Canton Park • a free resource for family fun and exercise. They baby pool is perfect for kids 2 and under. The track around the park is 1.3 miles. I did a lot of running and walking there. Website 
Lake Junaluska • an awesome resource for the community. Be a part of holiday celebrations or just take a walk around the Lake. Website

Health Care
Haywood Women’s • all the doctors of Haywood Women’s gave me amazing care during my stay in Haywood County. They got to know my family well and we felt like they were part of our family. More information
Haywood Peds • they took amazing care of my kids. The hours are fantastic and the fact that they have a Canton office really helped me. I appreciate all the love and care my children received at Haywood Peds! Website
Life Counseling Center • I received awesome counseling services from their staff. I can say that the quality of my life truly improved. I recently interview Susan Marks, one of the counselors. Hear the Podcast here | Website
Waynesville Family Practice • this practice literally saved my life. I received amazing health care and education. My doctor not only treated me but she educated me on how to stay well. I am forever grateful. Website

Business Small Business Center • a great resource for business owners. No matter if you are starting or want continuing education, this is a place you need to visit. I taught several Social Media for Business classes there. Website

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