Last year Flavio, my youngest child, decided to leave our home and live his dreams by going to Illinois State University. As a mom, I had so many worries. I felt like Flavio was not ready to be independent, to take care of himself, to survive without a close family!Read More
On Aug. 1, 2019, Jerry Milner, the Acting Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, issued an Information Memorandum (IM 19-03) to highlight the impact and relevance of family and youth input where child welfare program planning and improvement efforts are concerned.Read More
America has been encountering an opioid epidemic that has been consistently on the rise. From 1999-2017, almost 400,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids. * To be clear, America’s approach to how we view and treat a national drug epidemic has not, historically, been consistent. Bring to mind the crack epidemic of the 1980’s and 90’s.Read More
I’m a big fan of affirming oneself; I believe that when we stand in our own truth, we unmask our inner greatness, our inner strength and our hidden gifts and potential. Recently, while reviewing the Be Strong Families Living the Protective Factors Affirmation Deck, I came across…Read More
To the slave master, the auction block was a public space for selling slaves. For the slave and their family, it was a source of fear, shame, and humiliation. There are some public places in America where slave auction blocks remain intact- a daunting reminder of an ugly past. Today, Aug. 20, we honor the memories of our African ancestors that endured the horrors of slavery, a shameful American atrocity that lasted 400 years.Read More
Feelings like frustration, resentment, and disappointment, and yes even hatred toward your emerging adult are to be expected and a natural occurrence during parenthood. Unfortunately, this is an issue that is under addressed in parenting advice or discussions and precisely why parents are reluctant to express such negative feelings out loud.
So, what can you do about these feelings? First, you must admit to yourself that you have negative feelings toward your emerging adult.Read More
Be Strong Families has been hosting Parent Cafes and teaching others how to host them since we began in 2012. Our original Parent Cafe deck of questions was bilingual, in Spanish and English. As we've evolved, we've worked with communities to translate Be Strong Families Parent Cafes into other languages and to develop Parent Cafe decks specific to cultural needs.
Two examples of cultural adaptation are our new Swahili and Chinese decks.Read More
As a privileged white woman in a position of power and authority, committed to diversity, inclusion and radical co-creation, I’ve been trying to sit this one out. I’ve been trying to let my actions speak louder than my words and to use whatever energy and influence I have as an ally to make way for voices at the margin to come to the center and to speak for themselves in this conversation that is bubbling to the surface in our field.Read More
The warm weather of late June acts like a beacon to my family; it draws us Up North for our annual 4th of July camping trip. As a family, we have been migrating to the serene northwest part of Michigan for the last ten years. Fishing, hiking, dune climbing, and playing in the sand and surf fill our days while campfires, s'mores, stargazing and family stories complete the nights.Read More