Thrive Parenting

Online Support Group For parents of kids who need some "extra supports"

 wEEKLY Parent sUPPORT gROUP During The Coronavirus Pandemic

When: Every Wednsday at 9 PM Eastern and Pacfic

Who: All parents of Kids who need extra supports

Cost: Free – you’ve done enough let us give back to you

The Thrive Parenting Podcast is Now Live!

This is the weekly podcast for Parents raising kids who need some extra supports. Hosts Jennie and Lynn Owens present relevant topics, stories and interviews of amazing parents just like you. New Episodes every Wednesday.

Register for the 9 PM Eastern Group

Space is limited so registration is required


Space is limited so registration is required

About our group

Overwhelmed with the thought of being home an extra six weeks (at least) with your kids?

Got cabin fever after the first day of isolation?

 Not sure what you are going to do to keep the kids from burning down the house?

 Grieving the loss of those precious few moments of alone time?

You are not alone and SHOULD NOT be alone if you are going to make it through the Coronavirus pandemic without losing your mind.

Let’s face it. This is serious, and while most of us don’t have to worry about serious health effects of COVID-19, when you are raising kids who need some “extra supports” every change has the potential to overwhelm them. As parents, the coming months could push you into burnout or compassion fatigue (if you are not already there).

We are here to help. We can’t do this alone, so if your support network is currently not up to the task of months of semi-isolation then let’s come together to help each other through this pandemic.

We are starting a brand-new support group – online – that is open to every parent of a kid that needs extra supports (whatever that means to you). This includes, but is not limited to kids with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • All other major mental health issues
  • Foster/Adopt/Kinship Care
  • Special Medical Needs
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Sensory Issues
  • Attachment issues
  • Trauma

Every support group will have 2 components. First there will be tips and tricks session lead experts in their fields to give you some tools that will hopefully help you to not only survive but thrive in the coming weeks.

Next you can optionally join small groups of other parents in similar geographic regions and types of children. Here you can share, ask, cry, coordinate and support each other, hopefully creating opportunities to support each other throughout the week with. These groups will be coordinated by veteran parents who understand what you are going through.

We look forward to meeting you soon. When the meeting starts feel free to just sit back and listen with your video off, or get as engaged as you want with the video on.

You can just sit back and listen, or join in the conversation. It’s up to you. Turn your mic on indicates “I’m here to engage.” Turn your mic off means “Just want to listen for now.”

There are two time options: 9 P.M. Pacific Time and 9 P.M. Eastern Time. While we think it would be helpful to participate in the group closest to your time zone so that you can connect to other parents in your city, you are free to pick either time slot.

We have a very limited number of spaces available in the group so registration is required.

Our hosts

Jennie & Lynn Owens

Jennie & Lynn Owens

Jennie is a foster parent trainer and Author of the book Dancing with a Porcupine. Lynn is counselor, founder and co-owner of Canyon Lakes Family Counseling. Together they have parented over 100 kids including the 4 they adopted.

Previous Groups & Podcasts

We record a portion of the large group time so that ideas shared there can be available to everyone even if they couldn’t make it to the meeting.

Staying Sane while Staying Home (with kids)

Staying Sane while Staying Home (with kids)

Jennie & Lynn Owens interview parents from around the world who share their top tips for making the most of staying at home with their kids during the COVID-19 pandemic

#1 Best Resource to Help your Kids During the Pandemic

#1 Best Resource to Help your Kids During the Pandemic

Thrive Parenting Week 4 At week four of the Thrive Parenting support group, Licensed Mental Health counselor, adoptive mom, super grandma, and one of our amazing small group leaders, Dena Johnson, lead our large group in thinking about the best resource to help our...

How to Keep Kids Active when you are stuck inside

How to Keep Kids Active when you are stuck inside

During the training time of week 2 of the Thrive Parenting Support group, Melissa Porcaro, an occupational therapist from Richland, Washington, led us in a discussion about meeting the sensory, proprioceptive and vestibular needs of kids while stuck inside during the coronavirus stay at home orders.

You don’t have to wait for wednesday night!

The conversation happens all week long in our private facebook group. Here you can ask questions, get ideas, vent, or just share your favorite new meme. We also post a video of the large group times on our new Youtube channel. Connect with us anytime online.