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It Takes a Village

We all want our children to be liked and accepted by others. We want them to develop lasting friendships with their peers. In order to help children develop and maintain positive relationships it is important that we as parents demonstrate positive examples. This is a challenging time for families. The economy seems to be crumbling before our eyes along with our financial security. We work harder to keep the things we have and because of this we are bringing increased stresses into our homes. This impacts our children in ways that are not always clearly seen. So how does all of this impact the behavior of our children? They may act out inappropriately to get our attention.

As families we need to get back to simple. What are the little things you do with your child/children that brings you together as a family?

My younger child loves to spend time doing anything with myself, my husband and his teenage sister. Sometimes we watch a TV show or movie together. That may only be one time a week but it is nice to sit together and enjoy the show. Sometimes he bakes brownies with his sister.

It would be helpful to all of us if you would take the time to share your thoughts and feelings so that we may learn from your actions and experiences. Maybe you need a safe place to vent and take comfort.

To quote the African Proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child”. Let’s make this a communal effort and be there to help each other.