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By Donna on 11/6/2017 11:42 AM



There is never a wrong time to teach children and youth about gratitude, but with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, now seems an appropriate time to place more emphasis on one of the greatest life lessons.  For five extremely helpful, simple, and FREE tips read the full version of SCYAP's latest blog.  The tips come from Dr. Monisha Vasa who is a well-respected psychiatrist and a dedicated mother.  Oh, and did we mention these tips are free? 

By Donna on 8/18/2017 12:20 PM

Is it possible that summer is nearly over? It seems to be that way as much as we fight against it. With the days of pool visits and lighter schedules fading away it is now time to start thinking about how to slowly, but surely regain the mindset needed to prep and even be happy about the new school year. Below are a few tips to help in this daunting process.

By Donna on 7/19/2017 1:34 PM



Now that summer is in full force, and the thermostats are full proof of that, check out our latest blog for a list of fun indoor activities.  Keep the kiddos entertained even when going outside isn't the coolest option.

By Donna on 6/13/2017 10:08 AM



Trauma and children: An introduction for foster parents 

It happened suddenly. Sarah and her 10-year-old foster daughter, April, were walking into the grocery store. Out of the blue April shouted, “That’s him!” Sarah looked and saw April staring at a man entering the store just ahead of them. The man, who seemed perfectly ordinary to Sarah, took no notice of them. 

Yet April’s body was rigid with fear. She refused to go any further. In a quavering voice she asked if they could please leave. In the car on the way home she cried quietly to herself, unable to explain what had happened.

It was only later, after she had learned about trauma and its effects, that Sarah understood what went on that day. 

April was having a trauma reaction. 


Article retrieved from https://fosteringperspectives.org/fp_v10n1/trauma.htm.

By Donna on 5/12/2017 2:37 PM

My family has been engaging in foster care for over six years. With each child who has entered our home, we have had new things to learn. We’ve needed to learn about that child’s experience and background so we can parent them from their needs — not simply our expectation. We have learned how to fight for the best outcomes for our foster children and how to support their family.

Each child who enters our home enters as a part of our family — no matter how long they are with us. They are a part of our story, and we are a part of theirs.

Article authored by a licensed foster parent and retrieved from kidhero.chw.org.
By Donna on 4/11/2017 3:11 PM

Some observances are ones you wish you did not have to mark. With some 686,000 children victimized annually by physical, mental, or sexual abuse, National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April is one of those observances.  If there is good news here, it is that reports of child abuse have been declining slightly over recent years.

Article retrieved from www.childtrends.org.

By Donna on 2/8/2017 4:22 PM

Varda Epstein (http://foster-adoptive-kinship-family-services-nj.org/ten-ways-show-foster-child-love/)


If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you’re serving as a foster parent because you’ve got love and warmth to spare. You have something to give. It’s why you’ve opened your home and your heart to a child not your own—a child who has suffered rejection, fear, and loss; a child who feels helpless and abandoned and unprotected. You want, more than anything else, to help this child experience what every child should experience by right: unconditional love, a feeling of belonging, acceptance, hope, and stability. A feeling that he or she is one-of-a-kind in the best possible way.
By Donna on 1/13/2017 4:18 PM

Parents may make resolutions to save more money, stop smoking or lose weight in the New Year, but what commitments can children make to improve themselves, too? Turns out, there are plenty of age-appropriate targets kids can set to build skills and habits that’ll serve them well into adulthood. Here are some suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

By Donna on 12/9/2016 3:46 PM

 

By The Center for LiteracyEnrichment at Pace (Open Post)

The holidays are a very busy time for everyone, which makes everyday routines difficult to keep up with. This includes spending time with your child on homework and reading. Focus tends to be shifted from books to bags of presents, and it’s not always easy to bring your child back to reality.

By Donna on 11/1/2016 3:27 PM

By: Kathleen Berchelmann M.D., FAAP (courtesy of healthychildren.org)


Tired of bickering, jealousy, and selfishness? Kids are naturally materialistic and self-serving– but the good news is that gratitude can be taught. And from gratitude flows joy.