Beech Roots

10 Jun

One Mom’s Parent Connext™ Story

Kayla’s son Jordan* was exhibiting extremely disruptive behavior at school. His behavior had become so severe that Kayla was forced to remove him from kindergarten. Jordan was only 5-years-old at the time and his mother was desperate for improvement in his behavior and peace in their lives. “Kayla initially came in due to the disruptive and sometimes physically aggressive behavior the child had at school and was now having at home,” Shawn, Kayla’s Parent Connext™ Parenting Specialist said. Kayla was...

10 Jun

A Mindful Teacher and a Strong Mom, A Unique Perspective on The Character Effect™

“The Character Effect™ has impacted me on two different levels.” Teacher and mom Tiffany Gruen is in a unique position to understand The Character Effect™, the social and emotional curriculum based on mindfulness and character strengths. The program has been implemented at the school she teaches and in the school her son attends. “I noticed my son using mindful breathing techniques that neither my husband nor I had taught him,” Tiffany said. “To see this application of self-regulation away from school...

10 Jun

Sayler Park Food Pantry

Stacey* is a busy mom with three busy children. Every Wednesday she and her children catch a Metro to the nearest grocery store five miles away. They shop and then wait for the bus to head back home. They then carry their six bags of groceries about half a mile to their house. This is the reality for many families in the quaint, tight-knit neighborhood of Sayler Park. Cincinnati’s western- most neighborhood, Sayler Park is a virtual food desert. The one-mile...

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...