For Families, By Families: Keep It Real Initiative

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is dedicated to helping children and families in Connecticut thrive. We created the For Families, By Families — Keep It Real Initiative video series to give parents a voice and to help families learn from one another.

Get honest, unfiltered perspectives from other Connecticut parents about key topics:

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Parenting During COVID-19

“It almost felt like my pregnancy didn’t happen to other people…”

Mom Katie talks about her experience having her first child during the pandemic — both the difficulties and the silver linings.

“Empathy is so important. It brought my family closer together.”

Despite challenges during COVID quarantine, mom Maria and her family became stronger and more unified as they realized how important emotional well-being was for them all.

“Bring them around other peers, whether it’s going to the park or going to the library…”

Mom and behavior analyst Katie talks about COVID’s impact on young children and gives advice for parents whose children haven’t had much social interaction yet. Watch the video.

“That ended up being the best thing that worked for us.”

Janell talks about how she found child care during COVID-19 and gives some advice for new parents. Watch the video.

See more of our stories about parenting during COVID-19 and other topics. Check out our YouTube channel.

Everyday parenting — challenges and rewards

“I wanted to be up front with my kids and I didn’t want to scare them”

Nicole talks about her fight with cancer and the impact it had on her family and children. She also discusses how she explained her cancer to her kids and the challenges of getting treatment while parenting.

“I was 16 when I first had Jennifer. I’m gonna be totally honest, it was hard…”

Luz talks about her experience as a young mom and grandmother, what she hopes her children and grandchildren learn from her, and how she was inspired to keep going with her education to get her PhD.

“I’m in the process of trying to work with Care 4 Kids…to get him in daycare”

New mom Mya talks about the routines in her life that have helped her go back to work with a 6-week-old at home and her hopes for day care programs in her son’s future. Watch the video.

“I think I’m still in the adjusting process.”

Mya talks about how she’s adjusted to motherhood, taking things day-by-day—and some of the best parts of becoming a parent. Watch the video.

Watch more stories from parents on our YouTube channel.

Talking About Race and Racism with Your Child

Discussing Race with Your Child: “It was a nice way to begin the conversation.”

Chenae talks about her own experience coming from a mixed family — and how she used a PBS video to start a helpful discussion about race with her own daughter.

Discussing Race with Your Child: “I don’t want him to be afraid to live in this world.”

David worried about raising his new son in a country that makes it hard for Black men to succeed. While his son is still too young for “the talk” now, learn how David plans to approach it.

Watch more stories from parents on our YouTube channel.

Need resources?

Looking for resources and support with raising young children, COVID-19, or talking to kids about race? Check out some starting points below.

Parenting in General


Our COVID-19 resources include links to support lines, help from childhood experts, tips for discussing COVID-19 with your children, and more. Find support during COVID-19.

Race and racial identity

Start the conversation with your children. Watch a PBS video about how to talk to your children about race.

Last updated June 29, 2022