Rich Richmond

This author Rich Richmond has created 115 entries.

16 May

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Every day millions of people live with a mental illness. This includes one in five adolescents, 13-18 years-old. A new, national Children’s Mental Health Awareness Study we conducted this year offers insights into the evolving perceptions and practices of parents regarding the mental health of their children. The study shows that acceptance of mental health as a key factor of overall health is becoming increasingly mainstream among parents. During the month of May, we have the...

10 May

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! There are many important women in a child’s life. But none are more important than “mom.” Mom may be a birth mother, an aunt, a sister, a special mentor or teacher, foster care parents, grandma, or another kinship caregiver. A “mom” is any woman who provides a child with love, protection, and guidance. This Mother’s Day, we celebrate all moms! Happy Mother’s Day!  Make a gift today in honor of a special mom in your...

08 May

Celebrate Moms This Mother’s Day With A Gift To Beech Acres Parenting Center

Celebrate this Mother’s Day by honoring the special “mom” in your life! There are many important women in a child’s life. But none are more important than “mom.” Birth mothers, aunts, sisters, a special mentor or teacher, foster care parents, grandmothers, and other kinship caregivers. A “mom” can be any woman who provides a child with love, protection, and guidance. This Mother’s Day, honor your mom or another special “mom” in your life while also providing essential support to mothers in your...

30 Apr

Tips To Help Parents Understand and Discuss Gender Issues With Their Children

Tips To Help Parents Understand and Discuss Gender Issues With Their Children Understanding and discussing gender can be as complex as exploring gender identity or as simple as “blue” versus “pink”. All month long we’ve been sharing tips from our parenting experts on understanding and discussing gender topics with your children. We’ve collected all of the topics we’ve covered as well as some informative links to help you navigate this topic with your children. Be sure to sign up for our

29 Apr

Coming Out: A Guide for Parents of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Gender Expansive (LGBTQ+) Youth

Coming Out: A Guide for Parents of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Gender Expansive (LGBTQ+) Youth Parenting is full of surprises. From the day your child was born, parenting likely took unexpected twists and turns. Parents’ dreams and expectations for their children evolve over time as families create their own paths. When parents learn their child is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or gender-expansive (LGBTQ+), they may experience a wide variety of emotions. Confusion about their child’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or...

22 Apr

Understanding Differences between Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression

Understanding Differences between Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression Today’s society is becoming increasingly sophisticated in how we view gender. Experts who work with youth and gender issues share the two most common myths: Gender is binary, offering only two options Gender and sex are the same things. The take-aways: your gender is not based on your anatomy. And people can be “gender fluid” rather than only male or female. Some important distinctions to understand: Biological Sex. This is a medical classification that refers to...

18 Apr

What Parents Need To Know About Their Child Finding Adult Content Online

My Child Found Pornography Online! What Can I do? Pornography is easier to find than you think. That’s a scary thought for parents. Exposure to pornography can be through their friends, unsupervised internet use at home or at friends’ homes, late night or cable TV, or older even their older siblings. Lines of pornography have blurred with the amount and nature of sexual imagery seen in today’s media. Your children may even feel pressured to produce sexualized images for friends, partners,...

12 Apr

Being Intentional About Having “The Talk”

Being Intentional About “The Talk” Having “the talk” with your child can be a stressful mile marker on your parenting journey. These discussions can be as anxiety provoking for you as a parent as they are for your child. Don’t stress out! Be intentional about having this important conversation with your child while being mindful of their feelings on the subject. Phasing these topics into your regular conversations with your children and carefully planning out these discussions work really well...

04 Apr

Understanding Gender Roles And What Parents Can Do

Understanding Gender Roles Have you ever really considered why the toy aisles at your favorite department store are divided into “boys” and “girls” sections? What makes a toy a “boys” or a “girls” toy? If you’re like many parents you may find your daughter wearing a Spider-Man shirt and shopping for Star Wars figures and your son feeling empowered by strong Disney Princesses like Elsa or Moana. What if your son’s baseball team chooses pink jerseys or your daughter wants to...

03 Apr

Understanding Healthy Gender Relations. Tips For Parents.

The Pink Aisle Versus The Blue Aisle Have you ever really considered why the toy aisles at your favorite department store are divided into “boys” and “girls” sections? What makes a toy a “boys” or a “girls” toy? If you’re like many parents, you may find your daughter wearing a Spider-Man shirt and shopping for Star Wars figures or find your son feeling empowered by strong Disney Princesses like Elsa or Moana. What if your son’s baseball team chooses pink jerseys...