Yearly Archives: 2017

22 Dec

Practicing Mindfulness With Your Family During The Holidays Is Important

Guest blogger, Sharon James, Senior Parent Educator Practicing mindfulness with your family during the holidays can be difficult but it is very important! So many parents report feelings of being stressed during this time of year. There are more holiday-related responsibilities and with shorter days, managing changes in your children’s school schedule stress are inevitable. To add to the stress, we are SUPPOSED to be joyful and happy so we push our more negative feelings aside. Here are some parenting tips for...

20 Dec

Helping Kids Navigate Social Settings This Holiday Season

Navigating different social scenarios can be tough for kids, especially around the holidays. With all of the school pageants, family events, and holiday parties, this time of year can be stressful for kids (and mom and dad!). It can be difficult for kids to be around strangers or even family members they rarely see. The holiday party season is a great time to talk to your children about the strength of “social intelligence”; knowing how to comfortably fit into different social situations....

15 Dec

Mindful Meditation: The Snowman

Need a mindful moment this winter break? Try this one! Start by finding a comfortable seat. Place your feet at on the ground, relax your shoulders, and place your hands at on your lap or someplace comfortable. Close your eyes or nd a soft gaze and enjoy using your imagination. Be very still, and imagine that you are a snowman – standing in the middle of a snow-covered yard. All around you is fresh, glistening snow; not a shoe print in sight....

05 Dec

Messenger Kids: Facebook Releases New iPhone App Aimed at Kids

This week Facebook, Inc. rolled out a new messaging platform aimed at children ages 4-13. Messenger Kids is available now for iOS and promises safer video calls and texting for kids. Facebook describes the app as such: “Messenger Kids is a free video calling and messaging app designed for kids to connect with close friends and family from their tablet or smartphone. Kids can only connect with parent-approved contacts, which creates a more controlled environment. Group or one-on-one video calls with...

04 Dec

Use Your Strengths to Navigate the Stressful Holiday Season

Guest Blogger, Connie Harrison, Project Director, Parent Connext™ Many families feel stressed around the holidays. There are additional expenses, commitments, and expectations. Many of us have very specific expectations of ourselves and others that are difficult to fulfill, and may even be conflicting. The season can be hard for children, especially very young children, or those with sensory and attention issues. Seasonal decorations may be over-stimulating, and changes in routines of eating and sleeping can be disruptive. Perseverance One way your family...

01 Dec

House of Values: A Parent Connext™ Story

Most parents turn to pediatricians as their trusted source of advice about child-rearing problems. Conversely, many pediatricians worry about the impact family and modern-day stressors have on children’s health. Yet a typical visit to the doctor is a di cult time for the kind of consultation many parents need. Until now. Parent Connext™ was designed by Beech Acres Parenting Center staff with pediatricians to solve this dilemma, in partnership with the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati...

01 Dec

Wrap-Around Support: Wendy’s Story

An important ingredient in serving modern parents is meeting them where they are with appropriate and effective services. This means not only helping them where they are in their parenting journeys but being physically available at convenient locations. To accomplish this, Beech Acres provides services in homes, communities and over 25 local schools. Wendy was first introduced to Beech Acres Parenting Center at her eldest son, David’s school. David was experiencing behavioral issues in school and was connected with mental health...

01 Dec

24 Days of Strengths!

Today through Christmas we are celebrating “24 Days of Strengths” on Facebook! Each person possesses 24 character strengths in different degrees. Knowing and building on your strengths can have a significant positive impact on your life and the lives of your family. We’ll start by celebrating “love of learning”. Have fun learning together by taking the VIA Institute on Character Character Strengths Survey. The survey will help you discover your family members unique individual strengths and...

30 Nov

Inspire-A-Family

This holiday season we invite you to participate in our 2017 holiday program, Inspire-a-Family. We hope that your family will be inspired by kindness to help another local family. Your gifts or generous cash donation allows the families we serve to focus on strengthening their own families without the added stress of buying gifts and necessities this year. Your gift will inspire hope and gratitude in the family that receives your generous donation. If your interested in participating call Courtney...

28 Nov

#GivingTuesday

Stronger families mean a stronger community. This #GivingTuesday we invite you to invest in your community by supporting Beech Acres Parenting Center. Beech Acres empowers parents by encouraging them to be intentional with their parenting through Natural Strength Parenting™, our unique strengths-based approach. We strengthen kids through a variety of programs aimed at mental health improvement and prevention in our 3 offices, 5 area pediatric offices, and 20 local schools. Our programs serve over 20,000 people every year! Create a fundraiser...