SPOKANE, Wash. - Being a parent can be overwhelming at times, and when things become too much to handle, there is help in Spokane.
The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery is a confidential and non-judgmental service in Spokane for parents to leave their children, knowing those kids will be safe and well taken care of.
The nursery is always available to help, and wants families to reach out for that help when they need it. Asking help is not something that comes natural for many of us, nor is it something many of us are good at.
"There's just this assumption that we're naturally supposed to know how to be a parent, and that's really not the case," said Amy Vega, executive director of the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.
While reaching out for help can be scary for parents, families that have done it say it's the best thing you can do for your kids.
"It's scary to make that first call and to call, but they are so comforting and immediately you just feel like family here," said Kayla Kohr, who has bringing her 5-year-old son to the nursery since he was born.
Vega says she understands the fear, but it shouldn't be that way. She says parents need to stop judging other parents.
"It's a tough place to be when you feel like you're all alone as a parent, and we don't want parents to feel that way," she said.
Parents can bring their children to the crisis nursery anytime they feel like they can't give their child the proper care they need. That can be any time of the day.
"Anytime we could bring him in, from two in the morning to two in the afternoon. Anytime. They're always here for us, even if it's just to call and talk to someone," said Kohr.
"If we as a nursery can walk alongside a parent and encourage and support and give them tools and ideas and suggestions to be good parents or better parents or the best parents they possibly can, that's where I feel like we're being successful," Vega said.
The crisis nursery says it does not pass judgment on those who use their services. They hope families use their help before it's too late.
"We could all identify with being overwhelmed and stressed and feeling at the end of our rope, and that's a very fine line from there to abuse or neglect of a child," Vega said.
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