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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...

15 Mar

One Dad’s Parent Connext™ Story

Ben was a dad struggling with negativity following his recent divorce when he saw a Parent Connext™ flyer in his child’s pediatrician’s office. He was carrying with him a tremendous amount of anger, bitterness, and resentment. These emotions were having a negative impact on his relationship with his son. Divorce is one of the more common ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) that can have a significant impact on a child’s development. Meaningful cooperation between parents during a divorce is critical to...

07 Mar

Remembering Sharon James

It is with tremendous sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of a beloved and cherished member of our community, Sharon James. Sharon James was a loving mother, sister and aunt, a skilled and caring parent coach, respected co-worker, and a much-loved friend. Sharon spent 18 years at Beech Acres Parenting Center. During that time she mastered her craft in working with parents, often helping them find their own strengths to guide them through their most difficult of...

01 Mar

Parents Embracing Children’s Mental Health, Beech Acres Study Indicates

A new, national Children’s Mental Health Awareness Study from Beech Acres Parenting Center 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. Among the most compelling results of the study is the dramatic generational change in parents’ view of mental health. While 61% of parents said they had no discussion of mental health when...

01 Mar

Announcing The 2019 Strength Spotting Tournament! Find Out What Strengths Are Champions In Your House

Announcing The 2019 Strength Spotting Tournament! Find Out What Strengths Are Champions In Your House! This March, while you’re watching your March Madness tournament brackets don’t forget to acknowledge your family’s strengths. Fill out this bracket for your family. Tally up your strengths each week and discover which rise to the top. At the end of March, you’ll know which strength is the champion in your house! Share your brackets on our Facebook or Twitter page. ...

28 Feb

Parents, You Don’t Have To Be Anxious About Anxiety

Parents, You Don’t Have To Be Anxious About Anxiety Anxiety can cause fear, stress, and worry. Nearly all children feel anxious at times, whether it’s imagining a monster under the bed, worrying about their first day of a new school year or feeling uncertain about how to manage a situation with a friend. These feelings are normal and fortunately, there are simple things you can do to help.   Parents, you can’t help your kids avoid ALL of the things that make them anxious,...