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Navigating Fatherhood as a Black Man [nytimes.com]

By Christina Caron, Image by Rachel Levit Ruiz, The New York Times, June 16, 2022 The editor of a new book of essays shares how Black men can attend to their mental health while growing their families. This year Father’s Day will fall on June 19, or Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States after the Civil War. And for Michael D. Hannon, an associate professor of counseling at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., that...

The Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders Among Latino Parents [hispanicresearchcenter.org]

A new brief from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families shows that over one third of Latino parents have experienced a mental health disorder at some point in their lives—a lower rate than among non-Hispanic parents. To help Latino parents cope with mental health disorders, researchers suggest that the mental health field provide culturally informed, responsive, and sensitive care that recognizes the diversity of the Latino community. Researchers analyzed data from...

What I Want My Kids to Learn About American Racism [nytimes.com]

By Eboo Patel, Image by Arne Bellstorf, The New York Times, May 10, 2022 I first heard the phrase “white supremacy” in my introductory sociology course at the University of Illinois in 1993. The image of men wearing white sheets and burning crosses came to mind, and I figured my professor was referring to ancient history. But I remember her continuing: “White supremacy is the assumption that the cultural patterns associated with white people — from clothes to language to aesthetic...

The Case for Paying Parents Who Care for Their Own Kids [nytimes.com]

By Matt Bruenig, Cavan Images/Getty Images, The New York Times, April 9, 2022 In some European countries, parents can choose between sending their children to heavily subsidized day care or receiving a stipend from the government to take care of them at home. In most parts of America, parents of babies and toddlers have neither option. The United States is a global outlier among developed countries for its lack of government support for child care. That’s why it’s notable that New York State...

Online learning, racial tensions and ‘the talk’: Black parents raising children amid multiple crises (nbcnews.com)

By Patrice Gaines, Image by Chelsea Stahl/NBC News; Getty Images, NBC News, December 30, 2021 Parents say their Black children have had to grow up faster, especially in the post-Trump era, facing issues most white children don't confront until they’re adults, if at all. This year has been full of stress, chaos and uncertainty for all parents — whether it’s adjusting to the impact of the pandemic on jobs and children’s school schedules or trying to protect them while they were ineligible for...

Check out PACEs Connection's new Resource Center!

We did a massive overhaul of our Resource Center . Why it matters : You can find articles, research, reports about PACEs science, practice and policy MUCH more easily. Why we did it : The structure of the old Resource Center wasn't working very well, the content was out-of-date, and useful information was difficult to find. How we did it: With the old Resource Center, we were pretty much trying to fit a square peg into a round hole—we adapted a community page on our social network platform...

HOPE Block by Block - Environment with Dr. Wendy Ellis [positiveexperience.org/category/blog/]

By The HOPE Team, 2/15/22, https://positiveexperience.org/category/blog/ Dr. Wendy Ellis , joins HOPE’s Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Amanda Winn, for the second vlog in our new series, HOPE Block by Block. This series highlights the work of Black practitioners, scholars, researchers, and community activists during the month of February. In this second episode, Dr. Ellis will address the HOPE building block of environment. The environment building block is about children...

‘Blue’ suburban moms are mobilizing to counter conservatives in fights over masks, book bans and diversity education [washingtonpost.com]

By Annie Gowen, Photo: Maddie McGarvey/The Washington Post, The Washington Post, February 9, 2022 Dozens of suburban moms from around the country dialed into an Ohio-based Zoom training session last month with the same goal — to learn how to combat the increasingly vitriolic rhetoric from parents whose protests over mask mandates and diversity education have turned school board meeting rooms into battlegrounds. The lessons: Show up at meetings with fact-based speeches ready and create text...

Disney's 'Encanto' and the Exploration of Generational Trauma [collider.com]

By Britt Cannon, Illustration: Neto Junior, Collider, February 12, 2022 Disney is no stranger to exploring some heavier aspects of life. Many of their releases from the last couple of decades have reputations for being tear-jerkers. More recently, films like Tangled , Inside Out , and Soul unpack emotional abuse, gaslighting, trauma, and even consciousness and death. Encanto is another incredible addition to a long line of animated features that carry a deeper message. Encanto is receiving...

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Pens Children’s Book Inspired by Her Mother [hiplatina.com]

By Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Photo: wikimedia/WhiteHouse.gov, HipLATINA, January 28, 2022 The ever-inspiring Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor , just released her fourth children’s book earlier this week, J ust Help! How to Build a Better World , inspired by her beloved mom. Sonia credits her with instilling an attitude of positivity and optimism in her. Celina Báez Sotomayor died in July 2021 of cancer at 93 years old and following the loss Sonia was inspired to write this book to...

Anti-racist KidLit resources you need now from EmbraceRace

Please see below for book recommendations from EmbraceRace , which shared the following in a recent email: "We're sharing a few book resources because it's all too obvious that we need them today as much as ever. Books are one of many tools adults can use to raise kids who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race. But it takes more than simply reading the books with kids to do this work. These archived webinars and action guides are less about which specific books to read and more about...

Black History Month 2K22- NEW Trainings!

In Honor of Black History Month 2k22 Please Enjoy the Following NEW Trainings: Facilitating a Full Expression of Resilience: BIPOC are resilient. In learning how trauma is formed and passed from one generation to the next in our communities, we will understand how to facilitate a full expression of resilience in vulnerable communities. This course takes a deep dive into the reality of flight or fight mode and how many people enduring oppression, discrimination and hate live with a constant...

New Online Resource for LGBTQ+ Youth & Families from Family Acceptance Project®

This website aims to help increase family acceptance of LGBTQ+ youth, community building, and well-being. It includes a national searchable map of community support services that affirm LGBTQ+ young people, along with multilingual and multicultural evidence-based resources to increase family support for LGBTQ+ children and youth. Created by the Institute for Innovation and Implementation, in collaboration with the Family Acceptance Project. Click here to access LGBTQ Youth and Family Resources

Embracing Diversity: Developing a Gender Identity (zerotothree.org)

Young children receive many messages about what boys and girls should look like and how they should act--from their families and the bigger world in which they live. What can parents do to help children develop a positive and confident sense of who they are? Here are some ideas from ZERO TO THREE to guide your action. Click here to access this parenting resource.

After this little girl called herself 'ugly' her mom saved the day with the best response (upworthy.com)

A sweet, beautiful little girl sees her reflection as she gets her hair done by her loving mom. And then she utters three little words that would break any mother’s heart: “I’m so ugly!” Her mom gasps, instincts kicking in. “Don’t say that!” But by then the daughter has already broken into tears. It’s hard to watch this innocent child’s self-esteem so devastated. Luckily, mom knew exactly what to say to help her daughter remember her worth. It's easy to see why this touching video has now...

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