To write this blog, I had to be authentic and dig deep to a place where things fell apart so that I could share with you how living the protective factors and starting a journey to vitality are helping me put them back together.Read More
On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued their strongest statement yet against spanking (which they defined as “noninjurious, openhanded hitting with the intention of modifying child behavior”) And also said to avoid non-physical punishment that is humiliating, scary, or threatening. The New York Times has a great summary of the research on spanking and logic behind avoiding punishment. A couple months earlier, the paper also published an article saying that parents should avoid reward and punishment altogether.
So, what’s a parent to do?Read More
In the wake of last weekend’s Pittsburgh massacre of elderly Jews at prayer in their synagogue, it’s not surprising to see a Be Strong Families blog about anti-Semitism. But we wrote this last week and what we said then is still true now. It’s just easier to surface.Read More
This has been a big week in the world of parent and family engagement. On behalf of the Global Family Research Project, Heather B. Weiss, M. Elena Lopez, and Margaret Caspe issued a report titled “Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next Generation Family Engagement.”
Be Strong Families’ own Café Community of Practice Team Lead Sarita Sashington presented her own take on equity and parent engagement using the Strengthening Families Protective Factors.Read More
When most people think about the protective factors, they think of parenting or child welfare. Eight years after my introduction to them, I am finally beginning to think about the protective factors as a framework for a happy, fulfilled life.
In the past 2 years, I have said forever goodbyes to both of my parents. In May of 2017, my dad died suddenly two days after finding out he had cancer. I was a wreck. I am just now working my feelings out.Read More
No one ever talks about successful foster homes. We always do the contrary. Today I want to share how critical and influential my forever home has been to my life. This home gave me hope and wisdom.
There are plenty of reasons why children enter foster care. As for me, my story began in Puerto Rico, an island where you hear the melody of the coquí at night and the rooster's crow in the morning.Read More
Family is one of Be Strong Families core values, beginning with respect for and appreciation of others no matter how old, how young, where they come from, what they’ve experienced, where they are, how capable they are, how healthy they are, who they love. It extends to individual’s choices of who they call family – what intentional, meaningful relationships they form. Our value of family extends to community and to sisterhood and brotherhood. Although we are united by this value, family means something different to each of us. Hear from our Board of Directors what family means to them.Read More
The headline that showed up in my Facebook feed was so enticing: “Parents of the Most Successful Kids Do These 5 Things Differently, According to Research.”
Lured by the clickbait, I opened the article in Inc. Magazine and learned that parents of successful kids do the following:
They use an authoritative parenting style
They travel with children
They play card games with their children
They exercise regularly
They eat meals with their kids
“It’s like a college seminar for your brain, and a family reunion for your heart.” That’s how my colleague Francie Zimmerman described the Strengthening Families Summit held in Chicago in 2014 – the fourth national summit for the movement built around the Protective Factors Framework. My organization, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), hasn’t organized a Summit since then, due to staffing and funding changes. So I leapt at the opportunity to co-host a new national conference with the National Family Support Network (NFSN).Read More