Geno and Lindsey Papantoniou attended the workshop and appreciated the knowledge they garnered from it and its practical approach.

Above Photo: Geno and Lindsey Papantoniou attended the workshop and appreciated the knowledge they garnered from it and its practical approach.

Are you a parent of a toddler, infant or have a child on the way? Would you like to enhance your relationship and parenting skills? Good news—Bringing Baby Home educational workshops are coming to the Tampa Bay area.

The two-day educational workshop is intended for parents with children under the age of four or expecting couples. The program is presented by Family God’s Way, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to grow strong and healthy families based on biblical principles.

The Bringing Baby Home workshop seeks to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening the bond between the parents. Relationship experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman of the Gottman Institute, developed the program based on years of research.

Couples will be imparted with the life skills needed to handle the many changes and challenges of a new baby while also learning about child development, co-parenting and conflict management.

Vickie Carver, a Gottman Certified Educator and licensed mental health counselor, will be teaching the workshops. Carver is also the co-founder of the Family God’s Way organization.

“We’re a faith-based organization, so we’re doing this based on a biblical perspective,” said Carver. “The great thing about the Gottman material is it’s congruent with the biblical foundation.”

Geno and Lindsey Papantoniou completed the workshop while Lindsey was pregnant with their first child. Today, they both sit on the Board of Directors of Family God’s Way.

“The training definitely helped out with communication within my marriage,” explained Lindsey. “It made me realize that my husband and I need to be intentional with working on our relationship.”

The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County is funding the program to include all materials and lunch. Upcoming classes will be held on the following dates and locations: Saturday, April 21 and May 12 at El Bethel Baptist Church in Tampa; Saturday, April 28 and May 19 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Brandon; Saturday, May 5 and June 2 at First Baptist Church in Lutz.

Although the workshop is free, pre-registration is required at More information is also available at the Family God’s Way Facebook page. For more, email

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Amanda Boston
Amanda Boston is the Christian Voice Editor for the Osprey Observer. She is a graduate of Bible Training for Church Leaders (BTCL), who enjoys sharing how God is working in and through the community. Amanda resides in FishHawk with her husband and two children.