Finding Your Family's Voice
Whether it’s a family member who is a great listener, a co-worker who gives thoughtful responses or an elected representative who understands and addresses concerns, being heard is powerful. More than ever, cultivating your family’s “voice” to advocate for your children, family and community is crucial.Read More »
Grow and Learn!
If your child seems to grow overnight this season, your eyes aren’t playing tricks: Children actually do grow faster in the spring and summer than at other times.
Parents tell us that summer’s slower pace offers opportunities for family members to connect, learn and grow. Summer is also the perfect time to develop the habit of actively growing and lea…Read More »
When you hear of one event in 2020 will greatly impact you and your family, what do you think of? We’re guessing the U.S. Census is not the first thing that comes to mind — but it should be! The U.S. Census, which began in 1790 as part of the Constitution, is a powerful source of information that informs government spending and future plans for communities. Today, census d…Read More »
Forging Family Connectedness
Strong families feel connected. Like bonding between babies and parents, family connectedness helps each family member feel understood, wanted and heard. Family connectedness creates trusting, caring and consistent bonds between all family members.
At a recent conference of the World Health Organization, family connectedness was identified as one of…Read More »
Wellness for All – From the Start
From enhancing your family’s health to managing stress more effectively, the start of the New Year is filled with potential for great things. Recent research shows that stress affects the body’s ability to fight disease at all ages and has a profound impact on physical and mental health throughout life. What better time to start cultivating “wel…Read More »
As parents, we know that communities can help families through hard times and rejoice in good ones. It’s clear that building a supportive family network offers resources and a sense of belonging. But did you know that research shows that connecting with others is a gift that keeps on giving? University of Washington studies found that strong comm…Read More »
Get Active With Safety
More than ever, keeping kids safe — at home, at school, with caregivers, online and anywhere else — is a top concern and priority for parents. While we can’t be with our children all the time, we can create safe environments and teach safety skills and awareness from the start. As parents, we make a real difference by actively advocating for all children i…Read More »
From longer, warmer days to blooming flowers and new green leaves on trees, it’s clear that spring has sprung. Nature’s seasonal “growth spurt” also impacts humans: Did you know that during spring and early summer, children tend to grow more, and faster, than at any other time of the year?
Just as babies and children need nurturing from birth to achieve their grea…Read More »
Small Changes, Big Benefits
It’s an ideal time to try something new. The new year marks fresh, new beginnings.
While it’s tempting to aim for grand New Year’s resolutions, making small, deliberate changes that can reap big benefits for your family. The extra moments we spend reading to our kids, making healthier choices, consciously controlling stress and doing a lit…Read More »
Strong Connections = Happier Families
What makes people happy? According to an ongoing Harvard University study that began in the 1930s, strong relationships are the greatest predictor of happiness throughout life. People who feel connected to family, friends and others in a community are more likely to be healthier and have fewer physical and emotional issues from the start o…Read More »
The Power of Positive Parenting
What is positive parenting? Sometimes called positive or gentle discipline, positive parenting focuses on being honest with your kids by proactively communicating expectations of behavior; setting goals; offering praise; and avoiding shame, blame or harsh discipline, such as physical punishment. Yes, it takes work, but the rewards last a lifetime.…Read More »
Finding Calm in Stressful Times
Are you stressed out? If so, you are not alone: According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, people in the U.S. report experiencing higher levels of stress than ever. And for many, more stress can mean feeling more anxious, fearful, sad, angry or tired.
Stress takes a toll on everyone in the family. It’s hard to be fully “…Read More »
Knowledge is Power!
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to giving your child the best start in life. Learning about child development, parenting skills and community resources builds confidence, enhances relationships to help children, and strengthens families. And that strength of knowledge grows when we connect with others. From getting good advic…Read More »
How can we stay calm and reassuring for our children — and cope ourselves — when bad things happen? In uncertain times, how do we build optimism and hope for the future in our families and communities?
Creating a positive outlook may not happen overnight, and it may be challenged by very difficult situations. But taking small steps to build optimism ultimate…Read More »
Prep For Success
"Play is the highest level of child development." So wrote Friedrich Fröebel, the pioneer of early childhood education who created the idea of kindergarten in the 1800s. Fröebel believed each child learns actively, has unique gifts and strengths and benefits more from praise than punishment. He created a whole new approach to early learning, at home and at sch…Read More »
When a new baby arrives, everything changes. The hopes and dreams of nine months instantly become a real, tiny person with big needs. Suddenly, two individuals become parents. The birth of a baby means the birth of a new family.
Like a newborn, the family soon learns, grows and develops with the help and guidance of family members, friends and communities, large and small. That …Read More »
Connections Count!The old African proverb tells us that it takes a village to raise a child. Whether it’s discovering and sharing resources in your community or reaching out and connecting with other parents through your child’s school, building a family network enriches your child’s life — and yours!
Today, that child-raising village has gone global and electronic. Thanks to …Read More »