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COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit [cdc.gov]

Children and Young People’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can affect children and young people directly and indirectly. Beyond getting sick, many young people’s social, emotional, and mental well-being has been impacted by the pandemic. Trauma faced at this developmental stage can continue to affect them across their lifespan. [ Please click here for more information and to access resources .]

Effects of positive and negative childhood experiences on adult family health [bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com]

By Chantel L. Daines, Dustin Hansen, M. Lelinneth B. Novilla, et al., BMC Public Health, April 5, 2021 Abstract Background The objective of the study was to determine the association between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and positive childhood experiences (PCEs) with family health in adulthood. Prior research indicates that ACEs and PCEs affect individual physical and mental health in adulthood. However, little is known about how ACEs and PCEs affect family health. Families develop...

Study of Twins Shows Harsh Parental Discipline Tied to More Misbehavior [imprintnews.org]

By The Imprint Staff Reporters, The Imprint, March 29, 2021 In a study of twins aimed at teasing out answers to an aspect of the classic nature-versus-nurture debate, researchers have found that the child who was more harshly disciplined than the sibling twin was more likely to develop more behavior problems. This was determined by researchers at three prominent universities who studied sibling pairs treated differently by their parents. Among the 1,030 sets of twins studied were 426 pairs...

Natalie Audage Joins PACEs Connection

Natalie Audage, new PACEs family and community resources lead, says her middle and high school education in dictatorships – Aleppo, Syria and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – where her parents were teachers on the international circuit, made her realize that human rights were not universal. That’s why a light bulb went off in her senior year at Princeton University, when the chemistry major took a class on human rights. She realized she could combine her love of science with her desire to help the...

Amid pandemic, infants especially need quality child care, reformers say [edsource.org]

By Karen D'Souza, EdSource, April 6, 2021 Children are born ready to learn. In the first year of life, the brain doubles, with about 90% of brain growth happening before kindergarten. However, only 1 in 3 eligible children under 5 years old take part in California’s publicly funded early learning and care programs. To make matters worse this year, 3 out of 4 California parents with children under 5 are worried their education and development will suffer because of the pandemic, according to...

How to Build Healthy Parent-Child Communication When Kids Don't Listen

Child growth and development are coupled with various challenges that parents deal with as part of what is needed to make them responsible human beings. Teaching your child how to listen and communicate effectively are some of the basic skills that are taught. However, children don’t listen on some occasions. It can be frustrating for a parent that does not know what to do. Raising children that don’t listen is common. This usually, is a hindrance to effective parent-child communication.

Cardozo: Parents fighting, teachers crying: Grownup stress is hitting kids hard

Alexis, 17, has always been close to her parents. But since the pandemic began, they have been arguing a lot. “We snap at each other more,” she said. “And because there’s more negative emotion with the virus and we’re all trapped in the house together, the stress is definitely amplified.” Both her parents have been working from their Maryland home since March last year. For most of that time, Alexis’ sister, who has graduated from college, has also been living at home. Last April, their...

"Staggering" number of children have lost at least one parent to Covid-19, model estimates [cnn.com]

By Naomi Thomas, CNN Health, April 5, 2021 More than a year into the pandemic, children's lives may be starting to look more normal as an increasing number of people get vaccinated and schools reopen. However, many children in the US are contending with the difficult reality that is irreparable: the loss of a parent from Covid-19. One result of the pandemic may be an ever-growing number of "Covid orphans." A new model estimates that nearly 40,000 children have lost a parent to Covid-19, and...

Building Bridges of Hope through Trauma-Informed Caregiver-School Partnerships: Supporting Children & Youth with High Emotional & Behavioral Health Needs

A two-part intensive learning Institute and accompanying Community of Practice for Institute participants Supporting children and youth with high emotional and behavioral needs is often lonely, overwhelming, complex, and not well-understood. As a caregiver, how do you navigate school services, child welfare, and other involved systems to get the support you need for your child? As school providers, how might we learn with families through their advocacy journeys? Let’s come together to...

Goodbye from Cissy & Introducing the New Community Manager, Natalie Audage

Dear Parenting with ACEs Community: I'm transitioning out of my role as Community Manager of Parenting with ACEs due to health reasons. However, this community is stronger than ever and will be managed by the kind, warm, and smart @Natalie Audage (PACEs Connection Staff) who I've had the pleasure of working with and now consider a friend. Please keep posting in this community about your experiences. Please share resources, calendar events, infographics, and flyers.

Why Mothers Are Skeptical About All the Promises of Pandemic Aid [nytimes.com]

By Lisa Lerer and Jennifer Medina, The New York Times, March 30, 2021 Last March, as most of America worried about getting sick, Kate Farley had a different, urgent concern: having a baby amid a pandemic. The months after the birth of her third child were a blur of sleepless nights, followed by days spent managing remote school for her kindergartner, struggling to entertain her preschooler and setting up a classroom in her Middletown, N.J., home. By the time Ms. Farley returned to work in...

Positive predictors: BYU research identifies techniques to offset the effects of trauma [heraldextra.com]

By Grace McGregor, Daily Herald, March 28, 2021 After facing a pandemic, historic job loss, the presidential election, and at-home work and school, it’s safe to say we are all coming off of one of the most challenging years of our lives. Pain is part of the mortal experience, but that doesn’t mean it has to dictate our lives. BYU Public health professor Ali Crandall researches how good things help people cope with and heal from trauma. She calls highly predictive advantageous influences...

A San Francisco Experiment Will Give Some Pregnant Women $1,000 a Month. Could Other Cities Be Next? [time.com]

By Abigail Abrams and Abby Vesoulis, Time, March 18, 2021 When Maile Chand reminisces about her 2016 pregnancy, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t how she prepared her daughter’s nursery or vetted baby names. Instead, she remembers constantly struggling to find enough money for food and rent in San Francisco. Chand was just 20 years old at the time, living in the nation’s most expensive city, and working a low-paying retail job while attending community college. Navigating San...

Parental Attitudes Result In Best Child Outcomes [moms.com]

By Simon Books, Moms, March 26, 2021 Parental attitudes play a huge part in helping children have healthy interactions with their surroundings. These attitudes create the most important social influence that children experience in their early childhood years. While there is limited research on the relationship between parental attitudes and child outcomes, experts are drawing on empirical evidence to understand the connection between the two. On the whole, experts have found that parental...

Special Discounts for 22nd Annual Families and Fathers Conference

LOOK BEYOND THE HORIZON Discounted registrations ending soon Join us virtually or in-person May 17-19, 2021 22nd Annual Families and Fathers Conference powered in partnership with Whova, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and you! You as an attendee make our international conference a success. Share our conference information and discounted savings. ________________________ Discover what's next for you and your program. We offer a wide range of workshops and curriculum training to cover all...

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