Monthly Archives: April 2020

30 Apr

Serving Families Creatively in Today’s Reality

Serving Families Creatively in Today’s Reality James  R. Mason, President & CEO Beech Acres Parenting Center Beech Acres Parenting Center was created on a foundation of hope in response to a public health crisis over 170 years ago…a cholera epidemic which left hundreds of local children orphaned. Since then, we continue to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of children, parents, and families. The adaptive DNA of this organization is up for the challenge presented by today’s unprecedented pandemic. Despite...

21 Apr

To The Parents of the Class of 2020

To The Parents of the Class of 2020 Guest Blogger: Jill Huynh, VP, New Business Development and Parent Connext™ Beech Acres Parenting Center The final months of a high school senior year are supposed to be filled with spring sports, college acceptance celebrations, prom, graduation, party planning, making memories with friends, the final day of classes, and saying tearful farewells to favorite teachers. Over the past few months, almost all of these “supposed to be” items have been exchanged for virtual...

Family Grieving
21 Apr

A Family Guide to Dealing With Loss and Grief

A Family Guide to Dealing With Loss and Grief Guest Blogger: Christy Honschopp LISW-S There is no right or wrong way to grieve but there are healthy ways to deal with the grieving process- these tips and information may be able to help. What Is Grief? Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away-often the pain of loss is overwhelming. You may experience all kinds of different and unexpected emotions...

20 Apr

Create a Calming Canteen and Feel the Benefits of Mindfulness

Create a Calming Canteen and Feel the Benefits of Mindfulness Materials and Directions: With your family, take a clean Plastic Bottle and squeeze a small amount of Glue into the bottle (1-2 squeezes, about the size of a quarter). Now add about 1 tablespoon of Glitter to the bottle. If you would like to add a pop of color, add 2-3 drops of Food Coloring. Fill your canteen with water. Now you are ready to Super Glue or hot glue the top on the bottle to...

20 Apr

Talking To Your Kids About Coronavirus

Talking To Your Kids About Coronavirus Guest Blogger Kerry Brown, Parent Connext Parenting Specialist, Beech Acres Parenting Center Uncertain Times During these uncertain times, it might feel overwhelming to share information about COVID-19 with your children. As parents, we sometimes think we are protecting by not telling them about scary things; as if shielding them will protect them from the bad feelings or discomfort in this stressful time. In reality, our children pick up on far more than we give them...

20 Apr

Keep Your Cool; Approach Discipline From a Teaching Perspective

Keep Your Cool; Approach Discipline From a Teaching Perspective April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month.  We know that reducing risk factors is the key to prevention. Isolation and financial concerns are two major factors that are increasing anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic and associated stay-at-home orders. Job loss, illness, grief, and uncertainty are exacerbating the stress we are all feeling. Many of us are not parenting at their best under this heightened pressure. According to a survey of over...

15 Apr

Find Your Family’s Purpose, Values, Vision and Goals

Find Your Family’s Purpose, Values, Vision, and Goals 1. Happy and successful families are created with intention. They just don’t happen. 2. Families that are successful require time, patience and planning. 3. Setting goals allow your family to discuss with each other what your dreams are and help to identify family values. 4. Value is defined as the quality or worth of a thing. Family values are often reinforced by our spiritual or religious beliefs and ideas passed down from generation to generation. 5. Involving...

14 Apr

What Are Your Family’s Top 5 Strengths?

What are your family’s Top 5 Strengths? What are your family’s top 5 strengths? How can you mindfully build on them each day? Wisdom Creativity Curiosity Judgment Love of Learning Perspective Courage Bravery Perseverance Honesty Zest Humanity Love Friendship Kindness Justice Teamwork Fairness Leadership Temperance Forgiveness Humility Prudence Self-Control Transcendence Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Gratitude Hope Humor Sense of Meaning       ...

06 Apr

Why Maintaining A Stay At Home Routine Is Important

Why Maintaining A Stay At Home Routine Is Important Keep your family on track by staying organized during the quarantine. Guest Blogger Connie Harrison, Parenting Specialist Beech Acres Parenting Center We have all been reading online and watching tv for information about how to cope with the new reality of staying at home. Much of this information includes the idea that we should have a schedule at home for both parents and children, but no one has said why we should do this....