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What can we do to improve communication—specifically, with our children? Yes, communication is so very complicated and multi-faceted. The messages we communicate involve much more than just what we say to our children. In fact, every single message we send involves three channels: 1) words, 2) tone, and 3) body language (i.e., hand gestures, proximity, and facial expressions). When all three channels carry the same message, the communication is clear and powerful. The following strategies can help us build a set of foundational skills that model respect, encourage cooperation, and support our children in solving problems.
In the spirit of academics and an evening of FUN, Centers for Youth & Families Emerging Leaders held our First Annual Back to School Cook-Out over the weekend. To prepare for another important year, our Emerging Leaders and The Centers’ Foundation staff worked to prepare, grill and serve a delicious combination of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, beans, salad, coleslaw and delicious deserts. Our youth and young adults also played a few games of Bingo with great prizes awarded to the winners!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Robin Williams. His untimely death is a sobering reminder that depression is an illness that requires much support. The act of “being there” for the individual, being available, listening and having a nonjudgmental attitude can go far in offering support to someone who has depression. If you or someone you know is dealing with mental illness we are here to help.
July is here, and summer will be gone before we know it!! Here you will find ways to savor the moments to create summer traditions and summer memories – ours for keeping, ours for treasuring, ours for sharing and ours for passing down to future generations.
As we embrace summer and encourage our children to relax a little, we, as parents can also seize opportunities to relax! With messages of, “Rush here, hurry there . . . ,” and “I must get from one activity to another. . . ,” the pressure of over-scheduling our children (and ourselves!) can dominate our day-to-day activities. Why do we, as parents, feel pushed to over-schedule? One reason seems to be that many adults feel that an abundance of structured, goal-oriented activities will help prepare children for college and a career. Another view is that children who are exposed to an array of “enrichment” activities will be better prepared for adult life. A third explanation is that many parents believe the earlier you expose a child to structured learning, the quicker he or she will learn. It is not uncommon to see pre-school children involved in multiple extracurricular activities in hopes of getting a step or two ahead. However, according to experts in the field of child development, this is just not so.
Centers for Youth and Families received a $20,000 grant from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation to fund a Behavioral Health Home at their current psychiatric residential facility for youth ages 5-17 located in Monticello, Arkansas.
One in four Americans lives with a mental health problem each year.
Our hearts are with the many families affected by the April 27th tornado in Central Arkansas. Weather related events can strongly impact our mental and emotional health so it is important to know how to cope with such natural disasters after they occur.
Centers for Youth & Families is excited to have our new Education Center open for the children in our Day Treatment program and the Elizabeth Mitchell Children’s Center. This new addition to our campus includes four large classrooms with extra room for learning stations. Each room is also equipped with interactive whiteboards called, SMART Boards, to help improve learning outcomes.