Because of the threat of inclement weather, Parents in the Park has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 22. Tuscaloosa’s One Place (TOP) will celebrate local families with this free community event, Parents in the Park.  From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Parents in the Park will include bounce houses, train rides, food, and many interactive stations designed to engage the whole family.  Festivities will take place at Annette Shelby Park, 1614 15th St.    

Stephanie Barrett, a work-from-home mom of two in Cottondale, has a plan for working at home during the school term. 

In the most difficult moments, remember to “REASSURE” kids.

I once heard it said that parenting is about letting go each and every day of our lives. Children enter the world completely dependent upon us as parents. As they grow each day, they make more of their own decisions.  

During tough times and stressful situations, children may feel as if their worlds have been turned upside down. But you can create a calm, familiar environment and build children’s sense of security.

So, it finally happened. That moment when I questioned myself and my bevy of ideas pertaining to discipline, and what is and is not appropriate for raising up my son. 

I think it’s safe to say that every mom is shocked by something their kiddo has done. Along with that shock value comes initial feelings of anger, disappointment, frustration, and the questioning of ourselves and how we parent.  

During tough times, when there is a lot of change and uncertainty, children may just not be themselves. Just like grown-ups, kids experience stress. If changes in their behavior continue or affect their everyday life, it might be time to reach out for help.

You matter most in your child’s growth and development. No matter what comes their way, research shows that kids are more likely to thrive with a caring and committed adult in their lives.

Children are learning to express their emotions. They don’t yet have the tools to talk about their feelings and this can lead to big frustration and bigger meltdowns.

As parents and caregivers, it’s your job to be supportive even when children are expressing big emotions. This will help them manage their reactions and allow them to feel safe when confronting scary feelings. But remaining calm can be a tricky task.

Parents and families are children’s first teachers. Family Friday focuses on engaging families to support our youngest learners.  You might be thinking, “I’m a parent, not a teacher.” The great news is, whether you’ve had training or not, you are your child’s first teacher.

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