Beech Roots

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...

08 Jun

Apple And Google Address Concerns Over Screen Time

Smartphones Are Everywhere Screen time, social media, and technology addiction are becoming an increasing concern for parentsphysicians, and mental health experts. Just look around you. Whether you’re at work, out in public, and even at your dinner table, almost everyone is probably looking at a screen. While technology has made important strides in connecting the world, increased access to the world’s collected knowledge, and made our lives more convenient, the ever-present role these devices have had in our...

06 Jun

Six Tips For Online Bliss

Here are six quick tips to help you and your children get on the same page about screen time. Establish Some Simple Ground Rules Start by setting up some simple rules for everyone to follow. These can include no phones during meal time, no screens a half hour before bedtime, or no computer time until after homework is complete. These basic rules should reflect your family’s values and correspond with any established routines. Utilize your family’s strength of teamwork by working together...

01 Jun

Parenting In The Digital Age

Parenting in the digital age has added a significant layer of complexity to an already challenging job. With everyone’s heads buried in a screen all day, it can seem impossible to spend meaningful moments together as a family. This month we’ll tackle some of the challenges related specifically to parenting in the digital age. Screen time, social media, and cyberbullying are all important topics that today’s parents are faced with. While many parents fall back on the routines and...