Beech Roots

10 Jun

“I Matter” A Tribute to Sharon James

Earlier this year the Beech Acres Parenting Center family was shaken by the sudden passing of Sharon James, a beloved and cherished member of our community since October 2001. Sharon James was a loving mother, sister and aunt, a skilled and caring parent coach, respected co-worker, and a much- loved friend. Sharon dedicated her life to helping parents raise children. Whether it was through her work with divorced parents, which was her true passion, new parents, blended families, families in...

03 Jun

#ParentingWin

Parenting is tough! Sometimes it can be difficult to know if what you’re doing is the right thing. That is why it is so important to celebrate every #ParentingWin. What’s a #ParentingWin? You know, those little moments when you feel like you’ve done something right as a parent. Those small victories that have you saying to yourself, “Self, you’ve earned that Venti Iced Carmel Macchiato!” Those winning moments that earn the #ParentingWin hashtag on your social media feed.  Wins...

03 Jun

Character Strength Summer Activities for June!

Summer vacation is here! Are your kids already bored to tears? We’ve got you covered with some easy, fun summer activities that you can do each week. The best part is these activities allow you to recognize and build on your child’s strengths. If you haven’t already taken the VIA Survey of Character Strengths, you can get started here. Then you can download and print this month’s activity sheet and work on recognizing your child’s strengths all summer long. For...

20 May

A Foster Care Mom Shares Her Story

A Typical Morning This morning began like many of my mornings. With one of my kids lying on the floor. “What’s up sweetie?” “I don’t want to brush my teeth!” “Why not?” “Grown-ups don’t have to brush theirs! I’m never brushing them again!” I can’t argue with that logic, at least not this morning. I’ve got 4 kids to get ready for the day and a 9:00 meeting to get to. This morning and every morning are probably just like any other parent’s mornings. Fun, loud,...

20 May

How To Let Your Kids Know You Love Them Every Day…And Make Sure They See It 📱

Sometimes your children just need to hear that you love them. Between school, sports, clubs, and other responsibilities you may miss these opportunities to let them know how you feel. Send them a quick text. They already have their phone📱in their hand anyway! It may just brighten their day. 🌞 Share messages of love openly and often. It may be corny, but anything parents can do to practice communicating and reaching out frequently is good. Here are some ideas to let your kids know...

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...