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Mayor claims youth plan targets all children, involves parenting centers

Posted by on Wednesday, 26 November, 2014

Mayor claims youth plan targets all children, involves parenting centers
News from wreg.com:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mayor A C Wharton unveiled Tuesday his plan to tackle and prevent youth violence.

He said the plan incorporates 24 programs, including some expanded versions of current plans and some new programs, too. The city held several meetings around town to get feedback from residents and youths about what should be done.

Wharton said most of the programs will be run out of one central office, unlike the current 57 city youth programs.

Wharton’s new plan incorporates two possible parenting centers to help parents raise children right. He said the city has already secured funding, but his office cannot yet disclose the proposed locations.

The centers would offer counseling and other help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We want to make sure that no parent will be able to say, truthfully, that I wanted to do a better job with my children but nobody would help me,” Wharton said.

Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael said most kids he sees in court come from dysfunctional homes.

“I want programs in the community that put me out of business. I will support anything that works,” Michael said.

The centers would likely open in the spring.

Some other parts of the mayor’s plan include a Memphis Youth City Council, incorporating 13 high schoolers from different council districts to advise the mayor and City Cou…………… continues on wreg.com

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Parenting column: Go ahead and pass on your worldview to your kids …
News from News Sentinel:

From the I’m Sorry to Have to Tell You Department: Parents who say they want to raise kids who “think for themselves” are not being exactly truthful. It’s a nice and very democratic thing to say, for sure, but let’s face it folks, you want your kids to think like you do. For example: If you’re a liberal, you want your kids to be liberals when they grow up. Right? Right! The same is true of conservatives, libertarians, people of faith, people of no faith, and people with COEXIST bumper stickers on their cars. Furthermore, that’s the way it should be. When you conceive a child, you pass along your genes. As you raise the child, you pass along your worldview. If you are not trying to pass along your worldview, then you must think your worldview isn’t worth passing along, and I’ve yet to meet such a person.

From the Can’t We All Just Get Along? Department: When I was a child, my parents repeatedly told me not to get into conversations about religion or politics. Those subjects were divisive, they said, and it is especially the case in America that people need to find common ground. My parents would not be pleased to know that their admonition fell on deaf ears. I would rather talk about matters of religion and politics than anything else (having a good deal to do with the fact that I am one of a small number of males who care nothin…………… continues on News Sentinel

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Parenting Matters: 360 Youth Services talks about shame and guilt

Posted by on Tuesday, 25 March, 2014

Parenting Matters: 360 Youth Services talks about shame and guilt
News from Aurora Beacon News:

Margot Smith, clinical director for 360 Youth Services.

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Updated: March 24, 2014 6:05PM

Welcome to the Collaborative Youth Team’s column, “Parenting Matters!” The Collaborative Youth Team is a partnership of 24 youth and family service organizations and agencies that are here to serve you. Each month, a different partner will offer practical tips for restoring balance within our families and for building resiliency in our youth. This month’s column is shared by Margot Smith, clinical director for 360 Youth Services.

Parenting: guilt, fear and inadequacy are par for the course, especially when comparing ourselves to friends, bloggers or dreamy pictures on Pinterest.

Or even through direct comparison, such as when we are judged or shamed by other parents. Maybe you have even done the judging or shaming.

Why do we directly or passive aggressively war with each other, when we are all just fumb…………… continues on Aurora Beacon News

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What springtime can teach us about parenting
News from Wicked Local Stoneham:

Springtime is finally here. Aside from a date on a calendar telling us it’s so, there are some key things that happen signifying the change in seasons. There is, of course the longer, warmer days, the plants begin to come back to life, and then there is my favorite sign that spring is here: birds. Birds are one of God’s many creatures that I look at in absolute wonderment, and not for the reasons you might be thinking. Of course, I love to watch how effortlessly and freely birds glide across the blue sky. And just like you, I love opening my window in the morning to fill my house with the beautiful serenades of the sparrow. However, the thing I love most about birds, is what they teach us about parenting. Allow me to explain: First, they protect their young before birth. As a long-distance trail runner, I venture daily to the mountains near my home. While there, I see myriad birds, particularly eagles, crows and magpies with a few hundred pigeons and sparrows here and there. There is one particular run that I do frequently in the spring, just so I can watch the ravens build a nest for their eggs. The mother and father will take turns gathering sticks and building the nest. One will drop the sticks at the bottom of the tree (well, telephone pole in this case), and the other will weave it through, building the nest. This is not a process tha…………… continues on Wicked Local Stoneham

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