Cooking with your kids: a few simple hints

Megan Green Stuke

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/29/293581/ Cooking with your kids always sounds like a great idea, but in practice we often decide to skip it and just get the meal made without the "help" of little hands. The kitchen seems like a dangerous place for a preschooler. Hot surfaces, sharp things, potential messes at every ...

Protective Factor 5: Supporting Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

Megan Green Stuke

In the last few years, in my work at Ballard Community Services and in collaboration Strengthening Families Network and The United Way, I have become very clear about a few things regarding educating young people. One of the most crystal clear "A-ha!" moments occurred in a discussion about how we ...

Protective Factor 4: Increasing knowledge of child development and parenting

Megan Green Stuke

"You are the number one expert on your child." This is a mantra I hear myself and the staff at The Ballard Center repeating almost daily. Parents sometimes need to be reminded of this. We wring our hands and rely on doctors and other professionals, which is very important, but ...

Protective Factor 4: Increasing knowledge of child development and parenting

Megan Green Stuke

"You are the number one expert on your child." This is a mantra I hear myself and the staff at The Ballard Center repeating almost daily. Parents sometimes need to be reminded of this. We wring our hands and rely on doctors and other professionals, which is very important, but ...

Protective Factor 3: Concrete Supports

Megan Green Stuke

The Ballard Center started out as a childcare center for low income families. Because childcare can cost upwards of $900 a month in this community, the need for an affordable, quality, and safe environment is key to the success of children and families who can't afford that shocking price tag. ...

Protective Factor 2: Strengthening Social Connections

Megan Green Stuke

A smiling neighbor, a ready babysitter, a local grandparent, a best friend at work; these are all connections that many of us take for granted. Having a friend or family member to call on when we have questions or need support is invaluable, and because those connections are so naturally ...

Encouraging Resilience: The most challenging job

Megan Green Stuke

Ballard Community Services employs a framework of 5 Protective Factors to prevent child abuse and encourage healthy families. The factors are: Enhancing Parental Resilience Strengthening Social Connections Providing Concrete Support in Times of Need Increasing Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development Supporting Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children ...

What do families and children need? Grit.

Megan Green Stuke

I recently watched a Ted Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth about [grit][1]. It struck me that I have always had a sense that "grit" (or what I might have called resilience) is the "x" factor that makes or breaks people in all manner of challenging situations. The question that Duckworth ...

Ballard Community Services works to fight child abuse

Megan Green Stuke

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Why Workwell Works for me

Megan Green Stuke

Workwell Lawrence is, if you didn't already know, a part of the Livewell Lawrence coalition, and promotes wellness policies and practices in workplaces with a focus on physical activity, nutrition and tobacco use. If you know me, you know that I am not the image of health and fitness. So ...

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