We’ve made so much progress in Tennessee over the last five years building strong foundations for thousands of children through our three home visiting models supported by MIECHV. It would be highly unfortunate to cut out these programs in communities across Tennessee where we are seeing so many positive outcomes.
The crazy thing about parenting is that kids really don’t require all the latest and greatest gadgets, the fanciest clothes, or the most expensive stroller. What they need the most is love. And you’ve got that, dad.
You think you know. You think you know how much a baby cries. You think you know, but until it’s 3 AM, it’s the third time you’ve been woken since putting her down to sleep at 9, and she’s been crying for forty-five solid minutes, you really don’t know. It’s frustrating, it’s stressful, and frankly, it makes you want to pull your hair out. So what do you do?
At Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, we partner with hundreds of mothers who have been bold enough to ask for parenting help because they love their children so much. We admire their courage to ask for help.
Resilience is defined as the ability to thrive, adapt and cope despite tough and stressful times. It’s a natural counterweight to negative events children experience commonly called adverse childhood experiences. The more a child learns to be resilient, the more likely they are to deal with negative experiences in a healthy way that won’t have unfavorable outcomes over their lifetime.
We all know that it “takes a village” to raise a child. When a child grows up surrounded by a wide net of positive influence and support, from family and friends to the larger community, they are likely to experience success. What we don’t talk about often enough, however, is the importance of that wide net of support for the parents.
February is National Parent Leadership Month, and throughout the month, Parent Partnership TN is recognizing parents across Tennessee who are the “Unsung Heroes” in their communities. These parents exhibit resilience, persistence, empathy, and support for their children and for other parents. The Unsung Heroes are shining examples of what it means to be parent leaders, no matter what role they take on, formal or informal. When parents use their voices to effect change, communities become stronger, families become more connected, and children’s lives are positively impacted.
If you’re listening during a flight attendant’s safety instructions, you’ll likely hear the phrase, “put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.” That works in an emergency situation, but it’s hard in day-to-day life to put your needs above others’, especially the ones that you love.
We talk a LOT about creating great childhoods for all children in Tennessee. It’s a lofty vision, but we believe it is possible. So how can we make it a reality? And how would things be different in Tennessee if we did?
Throughout life, it is hard to escape stress. It’s important to know the typical emotional maturity your child should be expressing and how to help them identify and manage their emotions.
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee conducts numerous trainings around the state of Tennessee on the Impact of Domestic Violence on the Developing Child, and one question arises frequently: How do I help a child I know is being exposed to domestic violence in the home?
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee pilots offering Newborn Nests to vulnerable families in 14 counties as an innovative strategy to prevent sleep related deaths and reduce infant mortality rates.