Abrazando Diversidad / Embracing Diversity

El equipo de Abrazando Diversidad es la fuerza principal en los esfuerzos de Be Strong Families para modelar la inclusión, honrar la diversidad y promover la equidad y la justicia social en toda la organización al brindar servicios en otros idiomas; desarrollar/adaptar entrenamientos y otros recursos que se sientan auténticos y que respondan a diferentes poblaciones; así como el comunicarse abiertamente unos a otros y con los padres al reunirse con ellos donde ellos se encuentran.

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Rock Star Dad

I’m a Rock Star Dad and I can prove it. All you need to do is ask my son Sterling and some of my proudest moments as a father have been proving it to him. It’s not entirely altruistic. There’s no doubt that I love the feeling of performing on stage and that I benefit from it—whether in front of 10 or 400. I “selfishly” need to perform and be creative in order to channel my energy into the rest of my life.  We say often at Be Strong Families Parent Cafés: you have to take care of yourself in order to be strong for your family.   When I put those moments into the context of raising my son, that’s the message I want to send him.   

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On Resilience

On November 8th, 2018, I woke to my husband standing over our bed informing me that there had been a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a popular Country-Western nightclub in Thousand Oaks, CA. We had visited Borderline several times, once to celebrate my birthday in June, and most recently to see Rita Wilson perform there late September. Wednesdays were ‘College Night’ at Borderline and it was clear that the victims, once identified, would be very young.

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On Choosing My Pronouns

On December 13, 2018, Germany approved a third gender on official government documents. This comes after a 2017 court case in which the courts told the German parliament that it either had to create a third gender or scrap gender identification altogether on birth certificates, drivers licenses, passports and the like. In Germany, parents — not doctors — can now declare their children “divers” (miscellaneous / diverse) from birth. 

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The Priceless Gifts of Connecting and Being Seen

On December 11, Be Strong Families and Foothill Family Services hosted a Holiday Caregiver Appreciation event to recognize relative caregivers in Southern California for their dedication to family, loving persistence and willingness to go above and beyond to ensure a positive future for the children in their families.

It was a beautiful night filled with flowers, music, toys, food, and art. The festive environment was key to creating a comfortable place for caregivers and families to connect with one another. 

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New Video Resource: What is a Parent Café?

Be Strong Families is thrilled to present our new Parent Café video, developed in partnership with the Bainum Family Foundation, who have been hosting Parent Cafés throughout Wards 7 and 8 in Washington DC as part of their early childhood initiative. The video captures the best of what a parent-led Parent Café can be and the potential for family strengthening and transformation across all aspects of family life, from learning time management skills to coping with tragedy. The parents featured in the video capture how every piece of the Café brings parents to a place where transformation is possible.

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Post-Thanksgiving Reflections on Coming Together & Goodness

I have Trump supporters in my family. After the 2016 election, I could hardly bear spending time with my brother and his wife. We fought. I judged. I once (almost) got kicked out of their house at 2 am in a furious alcohol-involved argument about who should be drained from the swamp. I think we both had decided to give it a rest and just part ways. After all, we live in different states and don’t have very much to do with each other day to day. 

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Dream Our Preferred Future

On November 13, 21 staff, board members, parent leaders, and partners gathered in Pasadena to kick off the second phase of our strategic planning process: Dream. We reflected on the Discovery phase, and on how our strengths can form the positive core that launches us into our preferred future. We are just getting started with this phase, and we will be hosting another Discover & Dream session on the East Coast in the Spring to make sure we are capturing as much wisdom as possible from our community.

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My Journey to Vitality

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. 

Prior to 2013, my life wasn't perfect, but I was in a place where I felt loved and secure. On January 13, 2013, I had to make a choice that no parent wants to make.

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