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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Without Hitting, Yelling, Shaming, Intimidating: What’s a Parent to Do? 

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? 

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Parent Engagement Through the Lens of Equity

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.

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Living the Protective Factors

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.

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My Forever Home

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.

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What does family mean to you?

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.

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Parenting Advice Remix: Balancing the Experts with Experience

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 

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