Parental Resilience

‘Parental Resilience’ is one of the ‘Five Protective Factors’ from the Strengthening Families Framework.  First you may be asking, what is the Strengthening Families Framework?  “The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework is a national research-based initiative that aims to develop and enhance five specific characteristics (called protective factors) that help keep families strong and promotes…

Spring Time Change Sleep Tips

By: Kimberly Wagner-Dabbour/ I bet you’ve noticed that the daylight is coming back. Yay!  This also means that the spring time change, AKA, the beginning of daylight saving time is around the corner.  Sunday, March 10th at 2 a.m. to be exact.    Love it or hate it, we have schedules to keep and making sure…

Family Game Nights

  By:  Vanessa Armstrong/ You may remember my blog about summer bucket lists, one thing that I include every year is a family game night.  Playing games together is one of the kids favorite activities. I’ll let you in on a little secret, I have a small addiction to board games, card games, really any…

When did that happen?

By:  Vanessa Armstrong/ A few days ago it occurred to me that I’m no longer the mom of 3 little kids anymore and I have no idea when that happened.   For most of my “mama life” I’ve had 3 little kids at home, but with school starting this year, I realized that I have …

Summer Bucket Lists

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ Summer is in full swing and if your kids are anything like mine, you’ve probably already heard, “I’m bored”, “I don’t want to go outside”, “can we play video games?” 5,000 times already. I’m sure you’ve been browsing Pinterest, pinning summer bucket list ideas, or at least thinking about creating one, I…

Are you preserving your memories?

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ So, tell me, how often do you take photos of your family?   I know exactly what you’re going to say, “Pretty much every day.  I have a smart phone. I take pictures of my kids every day, probably several times a day.” You’re going to say, “I take way more pictures of my…

Navigating the digital world

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ If you’re like me, trying to figure out how to navigate this new digital world that our kids are exposed to is one of the most challenging and stressful things about parenting kids today.  Especially as they get older and come home from school saying “Johnny so and so has an iPhone…

Getting to Know Lenawee Great Start

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ I’m sure by now most of you have had a chance to see either Sarah or myself out and about at different events throughout the year, but events aren’t all we do. Lately we’ve been talking a lot about how to get more parents involved in our vision of making sure every…

Celebrating Lenawee’s Children

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ I started working at Lenawee Great Start back in December 2015 and our first big event was the Preschool Fair that we hosted at the Adrian Mall.  I’d never been to this event myself, but I was really excited when I heard about it!  What a great way for parents to get…