Monday, September 9, 2013
Parents As Teachers.
As I was looking for an event on the RIPIN website, I found this post for 'Parents as Teachers'. It reminded me that a few years ago, I was asked to interview for a spot in this group; I did get through one interview (unfortunately some family issues prevented me from exploring it further). It really seems like a great program. "Parents As Teachers (PAT) believes that parents are their children’s first and best teachers. PAT is a home visiting program designed to provide all parents of children from before birth to age three with the information and support they need to give their child the best possible start in life. These services are without charge and are provided by trained and certified parent educators." The trained person was going to the home of someone who asked for help and providing help to that family through talking and playing. There are opportunities for families to join playgroups and attend parent group meetings to reinforce the importance of play for parents and children.
Click here to view local flyer: Your Baby Was Born to Learn.
The national website has 'profiles of impact' - people sharing their stories of how the program has helped them, check their outcomes research, and their advocacy position. If it sounds like a good plan for you or someone you know, check with your local school system to see if there is one in your area.
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4 Signs of Caregiving Stress Overload
ElderCarelink email posts 4 signs that should not be overlooked by you, the caregiver, or a close family member or friend. They report that even though the immediate caregiver may not be helping in direct care, the mind is never far from the needs of the older person, thinking about meals, falling, medications. Take the opinion of a family member or friend if they are telling you that you are stressed. Four signs: you skip your own physicals; you isolate yourself from others; you eat and/or drink too much for good health; you are short tempered with the elder, your spouse or your children. If any or all of these sound familiar, take a break no matter how short in order to recharge. For more information on caregiver stress see ElderCarelink
You can check out my ranting and stream of consciousness writing about looking at adult service providers with Will.
A Caregiver's Poem
I was looking through a 'Caregiver's Blog: Senior Care Support' and came across a poem that was shared by a writer, Dana, from the blog. The poem was written by Becky Netherland and Dana's grandmother shared it with her. I thought it was great and there is not much to say about it - just read!!! Enjoy!!
(picture from Caregivers Blog)
I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I’m blessed to share with you
Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad
Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side
Walk softly when you’re angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter’s power is immense!
Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don’t shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold
Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it’s near, you’ll find a way
Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly
Give freely from your heart
The world is far from perfect
There’s conflict and there’s strife
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life
And so I’m very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my granddaughter
And I believe in you.
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