March is Reading Month!

By: Sarah Meikle/ With March being Reading Month, now is the perfect time to ask yourself as a parent; do I read aloud to my child enough? Reading aloud to your child is more than a great bonding experience. Children who are read to aloud get a head start in language and literacy skills. Preparing them for…

Communities in Schools of Lenawee County

Communities in Schools of Lenawee County strives to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  As a local accredited affiliate of a national non-profit, CIS Lenawee has been providing programming for students throughout Lenawee County for 20 years. Over 5,000 students received services last year…

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…

What is ASQ-3?

What is ASQ-3? By: Lisa Eack/ ASQ-3 is a set of questionnaires about children’s development. It has been used for more than 20 years to make sure children are developing well. A screening provides a quick look at how children are doing in important areas, such as communication, physical ability, social skills and problem-solving skills.…

Build a Skill: Teaching Young Children to Deal with Mad Feelings

By Cary Zavala/ What makes your family STRONG? Research shows that when these 5 Protective Factors are well established, family strength and optimal child development emerge: 1)   Parental Resilience 2)   Social Connections 3)   Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development 4)   Concrete Support in Times of Need 5)   Social & Emotional Competence of Children December’s Early…

Road Trip with kids!

By:  Sarah Meikle/ Traveling long distance with little ones can be exhausting! I want to share some tips that helped me recently, while taking a 2-day road trip to Colorado. One of the most important things was to make sure we were not eating fast food the whole time and the kids weren’t entertained by…

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…

Emotional Regulation to the Rescue!

Emotional Regulation to the Rescue! By: Cary Zavala/ As parents, we admit we sometimes come to the “end of our rope.” With the stressors of daily living, our children’s challenging behaviors can sometimes send us to a “10” quickly on the Feelings Thermometer! If you missed this month’s Parent Network Series, our topic of the…

Venting

By: Melissa Archer/ Venting, when only Venting can capture the hard days I know how good life is and also that things can generally be worse so I try to see the glass as ALWAYS “half full”, but being human there are also days where the “what if’s” slither out of the shadows and into…

Parent Cafes

By:Sarah\ Our Parent Cafes Started October 3rd and will continue till the end of December. Some of you may be wondering what a Parent Cafes is and what to expect. Parent Cafes are a great way for parents to network with other parents and have meaningful, guided conversations about what matters most, our families and…