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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...

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

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,...

11 Feb

Nearly All Children Feel Anxious Sometimes. Here’s How You Can Calm An Anxious Child.

Nearly all children feel anxious at times, whether it’s imagining a monster under their bed, worrying about the first day of school, or feeling uncertain about how to manage a tough situation with a close friend. In an attempt to help, you may tell your child they have nothing to be afraid of or find that other suggestions you offer are not helping.   It’s natural that out of love you want to shield your child from things that make them worried....

05 Feb

#SaferInternetDay

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. Today is #SaferInternetDay. The intent of this day is to bring awareness to potential dangers on the internet and to create a better internet for children. This is a great opportunity to review our resources for parenting in the...

07 Jan

Setting Intentions For Your Head, Heart and Hands In 2019

Imagine what this year could look like if you take the time to genuinely connect with your family and with yourself by focusing on your strengths, taking time for mindfulness and being more intentional with the time you have together? HEAD Focus on your love of learning to improve your family’s overall well being. For Your Family A new year brings about new opportunities to improve yourself and the world around you. One way to do this is to involve your entire family in...

27 Nov

Giving Tuesday 2018

Today is #GivingTuesday! This year we are asking you to support mental health programs for 100 families. Help us raise $2,500 this year and you will be strengthening families right in your community.  Your support at any level will inspire and equip parents to raise capable, caring, contributing children! Here is one mom’s story. Your gift supports local families like this one every day. Lynda came to Beech Acres Parenting Center on a recommendation from her son’s school. One of her boys...

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...