Monthly Archives: June 2018

27 Jun

Monitoring Your Child’s Online Activity

It is important to monitor your children’s online activity and be prepared to talk to them about things they may see on the internet. Establish Ground Rules According to the National Cyber Security Alliance’s 2017 survey Keeping Up with Generation App: NCSA Parent/Teen Online Safety Survey, “28% of teens report that their household has no rules about their use of devices”. Of those families that do have rules in place over 70% of teens feel that those rules are effective. Be...

24 Jun

The Yes Brain Book Review

Guest blogger, Nikki Zellen, Director of Marketing Beech Acres Parenting Center “There’s so much I want for my kids: happiness, emotional strength, academic success, social skills, a strong sense of self, and more.  It’s hard to know where to even start. What characteristics are important to focus on to help them live happy, meaningful lives?”  This is the opening line of The Yes Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. How do you NOT keep reading?...

23 Jun

Damien’s Part 2: A Family Forever

Damien Holley is a typical teenager. He likes to listen to music and loves playing video games. He is full of hope, love, and curiosity. He demonstrates these strengths by volunteering and working hard in school. “My favorite class is Chinese because it is an easy A,” Damien said. He also has a fairly atypical aspiration for a teenager. He wants to be a farmer. Fortunately, Beech Acres Parenting Center foster care families are a tight-knit community. “One unique thing about...

20 Jun

But Mom, ALL Of My Friends Are On Snapchat!

“But mom, all of my friends are on Snapchat…”  You may have heard this familiar counter-argument coming from your pre-teen daughter or son recently. Or you heard it in the past. Or you’re about to hear it in a few years. Replace Snapchat with Musical.ly, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, AOL, Dungeons & Dragons. The more things change, the more they stay the same it seems. And of course, this conversation is happening...

18 Jun

Messenger Kids. Is My Kid Ready For Facebook Messenger?

Late last year, Facebook, Inc. rolled out a new messaging platform aimed at children ages 4-13. Messenger Kids is available for iOS and Android 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...

16 Jun

Every Child Succeeds Book Fair

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,” Dr. Suess, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!  Every Child Succeeds at Beech Acres Parenting Center recently wrapped up a campaign to promote literacy and to encourage families participating in the program to read together. The campaign gave families the opportunity to earn books by intentionally taking time to read together. The campaign launched, appropriately enough, on Dr. Suess’ birthday...

15 Jun

Damien’s Story, Part 1: A Family Found

1,599 days. That is how long Damien was in foster care. Last fall, he was officially adopted. “It’s cool to have a permanent family,” Damien said. The road to Damien’s forever family has been a long one. As a transgender youth, his circumstances were unique, but his needs were typical; a strong, loving, engaged family. After spending over 4 years in foster care, Damien found just that with the Holleys. The foster care team at Beech Acres Parenting Center works diligently to...

13 Jun

13 Things To Know About 13 Reasons Why Season 2

Netflix recently released season 2 of the popular and controversial series, ’13 Reasons Why’. The show is based on a 2007 young adult novel by Jay Asher. Here are 13 things you need to know about ’13 Reasons Why’. The Show Deals With A Wide Range Of Issues Teens Face Today Bullyingdepression, sexual assault, drug and alcohol abuse, academic pressure, self-harm, and other contemporary issues facing teens today are addressed in the show, often with graphic detail....

11 Jun

My Kid May Be A Cyberbully! What Should I Do?

You recently discovered some inappropriate, mean, or hurtful comments directed at other children on your child’s phone. What will you say? Cyberbullying, a form of bullying or harassment using digital contacts such as texts, email, or social media, is a growing concern for parents. The influence of technology on our culture has never been greater. Kids are using digital devices at an earlier age and are spending much more time in front of them. The ubiquitous use of digital technologies has made...

11 Jun

Beech Acres Parenting Center Named Top Workplace In Cincinnati For Fifth Straight Year!

Beech Acres Parenting Center is thrilled to be named one of Enquirer Media’s Top Workplaces in Cincinnati for a fifth consecutive year! Last year Beech Acres ranked 11th out of 40 companies and organizations recognized in the midsize category. This year we were pleased to be ranked 3rd in midsize organizations receiving special recognition at an event last week at Rhinegeist Brewery!  “Our employees live our values every day; values of Collaboration, Growth, Inclusion, Integrity, and Quality….. and in so...