GLOBAL PARENTING NETWORK FAMILY
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
The Global Parenting Network Family (GPNF) was founded as a 'Legacy Organization," by Dr. Gregory Johnson, and his late wife Dr. Theresa Mejia-Johnson, with a team of parents, educators, attorneys, physicians, legislators, and child advocates in 2014. GPNF is a multi-award-winning 501c3 non-profit, Parenting Advocacy organization that is purpose-driven to strengthen and empower parents, and to support families with a myriad of inspirational programs and services. GPNF believes parents are the difference between a struggling community versus a dynamic community.
At GPNF, we have chosen to be the catalyst to empower parents to view their role as the highest natural leadership position in the world. We do this through research, interactive workshops, dynamic seminars, our parent coaching network, and empowerment/advocacy agenda titled 'Parenting Ambassadors,' informational newsletters, a soon to be launched blogging network, publishing, and a host of additional services confirming and empowering assets to the world of parenting. We are actively engaged in meetings on a state, national and international platform to influence decisions on behalf of our families, propose new legislation, and lobby for amendments to existing laws and regulations.
During these challenging times, parents throughout the world are actively participating in our services, as we answer their call and launch a 'Phoenix Stage' of redevelopment. We are passionately committed to supporting our families during this global pandemic, sharing important health information, and helping, parents find employment and housing. We understand the challenges everyone is facing, and we are working diligently to answer calls for urgent assistance including food distribution, essential supplies, protective masks, and counseling for those feeling the isolation and stress of Covid-19 within our communities.
We invite you to scroll through our website
Become actively engaged in our programs
Partner with us
Submit questions to our experts
Submit articles of interest to parents
Visit our social media platforms
Donate, invest and sponsor programs of interest to you.
To join one of our ongoing dynamic Parent Groups, please click on the 'Group' page atop this website. We have something special for everyone!
Common Sense Parenting
Healthy Fathers Coalition
County Fatherhood Commission
Fathers & Families Coalition
Global Day of Parents
Youth: Pearls, Ambassadors, Mindquest (games) -
Military: Family Forum, Coaching & Counselling, Employment: Job Search, Workshops, Career, Veteran & Spouse, Housing -
Grandparents: Social Integration, Family & Cultural Values -
Education: Youth - Preschool, Secondary, Career Options - Post-Secondary - Adult: Lifelong Learning - Fitness: Mental, Physical & Spiritual -
Homeless: Food, Shelter, Transition (Recovery) - Family Health Management:
Grief & Bereavement: for parents and children - Music Therapy: for adults and children
Incarceration Support: Social preparedness and workforce skills
Pet Therapy - Media Training
Special Needs: Confidence building for adults and children with disabilities
INVESTING IN COVID-19 &
POST QUARANTINE WORLD
- Preparing parents and children for a new norm -
INVESTING IN ADVOCACY
- Ongoing meetings on a state, national and international
platform to influence decisions on behalf of our families - Propose new legislation, and lobby for amendments of existing laws and regulations -
INVESTING IN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
- Inspirational interactive programs for children and parents with special needs -
INVESTING IN OUR MILITARY IN TRANSITION
- Supporting our military families with assistance programs in employment, housing, education, grief counselling, relocation, and adapting to civilian life -
INVESTING IN EMPLOYMENT
- Ensuring that those who need to work from home have adequate opportunities and assisting working parents to find new careers with online training when needed -
INVESTING IN HOMESCHOOLING & EDUCATION
- Ensuring ALL children and parents have access to the internet, computers, and support - We are developing skills by bringing innovative learning in community health globally and STEM education, scaling what works, and building sustainable solutions.
INVESTING IN SPORTS
- Ensuring all children have access to sporting opportunities to enhance their physical, mental, and psychological growth and maturity, where teamwork and leadership is encouraged, and experienced -
INVESTING IN EQUITY TECHNOLOGY
- Ensuring ALL families have access to technology regardless of zip code, where every child can have all he/she needs to learn, graduate, and go to college-
INVESTING IN KNOWLEDGE
- Helping children understand social justice, civic responsibility, the environment, ecology, and media in this changing world -
INVESTING IN NUTRITION
- Ensuring all families have access to nutritious food, and clean water - Teaching parents health, food hygiene and preparation - Partnering with programs to ensure no child ever goes to bed hungry -
INVESTING IN GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS & COUNSELLING
- Assisting parents to help their children through loss, stress, grief and trauma -
INVESTING IN CREATIVE EXPRESSION
- Ensuring children have access to a wide selection of musical instruments where they are encouraged to express themselves, leading to confidence, coordination, cultural learning, joy, inner peace and acceptance -
INVESTING IN ALL FAMILY MEMBERS
- Teaching children compassion, trust, and responsibility by caring for a pet - Utilizing their trusted best friend in counselling and rehabilitation services to instill a sense of healing, kindness and peace-
INVESTING IN HEALTH
ALL LIFE AS A RIGHT
- Ongoing Advocacy to insure all lives and rights are preserved and supported - Ensuring all women have access to quality healthcare, screening, and unbiased counselling, prenatal, and postnatal care -
INVESTING IN GRANDPARENTS
- Teaching children about end of life, and learning the wisdom, cultural and generational traditions from their elders -
INVESTING IN HOME OWNERSHIP
- Equity management and financial stability coaching to enable families to own their own homes, and gain freedom from debt -
INVESTING IN SAFETY/ WEATHERIZATION
- Insulation of homes and safety equipment advice to keep our families healthy and safe throughout the year -
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
- Character building, Student Exchanges, Family Reunions, Mentorship Forums, Retreats, Workshops, Focus Groups, Summits & Local/ State/National Conferences, Online Zoom Groups-
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Global Parenting Network offers diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace and services, where all participants, employees, and volunteers, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability, are valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and services. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages, and we ensure that all voices are valued and heard.
We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire Family/Parent Enhancement protocol of the nonprofit sector, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.
To provide informed, authentic leadership for equity, Global Parenting Network works to:
See diversity, inclusion, and equity as vital to our mission and critical to ensure the well-being of our staff, volunteers, board, and the families and communities we serve.
Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.
Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
Advocate for and support board-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and how best to address them in a way that is consistent with our mission.
Help to challenge assumptions regarding what it takes to be a strong advocate and leader while serving as a leading service provider through our organization.
Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, volunteers, committees, and advisory bodies.
Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this behavior and demonstrate it in all internal and external interactions.
Global Parenting Network abides by the following action items to help promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace:
Pursue cultural competency throughout our organization by creating substantive learning opportunities and formal, transparent policies and practices.
Generate and aggregate quantitative and qualitative research related to equity
to make incremental, measurable progress toward the visibility of our diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. Once the content is curated it will be added to our website for others to access.
Pool resources and expand offerings for underrepresented constituents by connecting with other family and community resources and interactions committed to diversity and inclusion efforts.
Develop and present sessions on diversity, inclusion, and equity to provide information and resources internally, and to members, the community, and the Global Parenting Network Advocacy membership.
Develop a system for being more intentional and conscious of bias during the hiring, promoting, or evaluating process. Train our hiring team on equitable practices.
Include a salary range with all public job descriptions.
Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity. Challenge systems and policies that create inequity, oppression, and disparity.
GPN Parent Voices Groups
PLEASE VISIT OUR GPN GROUPS PAGE ATOP WEBSITE
Global Parenting Network is a recognition and resource organization for Parents throughout the world. Parenting has always been the single most influential leadership position, which provides the key to many of our social, economic, health, and educational challenges of the 21st Century. It is a gift with infinite responsibilities for the growth and development of another human regardless of race, ethnicity, geographical boundaries, or political influences.
Parents experience numerous challenges and joys as they exemplify and teach the respectable character, values, growth, and maturity necessary for confident communication. They partner with educators to teach the life skills necessary for their children to eventually work in areas such as science, healthcare, law, education, the armed services, retail, and as essential factory workers.
Billions of dollars are invested each year to provide parental resources that address issues that stem from the home environment. Home is the place where children are faced with the reality of affordability, planning, and responsible budgeting. Home is where children learn of personal hygiene, family health preparation and responses through checkups, and introduction to the medical world through the first doctor and nurse visit. Home is also where children engage in communication through learning to read and developing a vocabulary, interacting with others outside their four walls, and understanding their place in society.
The responsibility of parenthood is learned from experience, trial, and error. Until recently, there was neither a definitive instruction manual nor an obvious network in which parents could immediately join to learn how to be the best role models for their families.
Global Parenting Network recognizes that fact and has provided an essential lifeline. We have designed and implemented a dynamic interactive program known as the Parenting Platform. Young and mature mothers, fathers, grandparents, extended family, families with children facing special needs, the grieving, the single-family units, the military in transition parents, and the LGBTQ+ community finally have a common place to meet, discuss, enquire, recommend, share, and contribute wisdom to other less experienced parents.
Has this Covid-19 Pandemic hindered our global mission?
We are proud to say, “No!” We have adapted and launched our forums through our website, Zooming, video conferencing, blogging, emailing, and virtual coaching with opportunities to participate in our Parenting Platform workshops, focus groups, research interventions, and a host of additional exciting exchanges and learning forums. Our Teen Summits offer opportunities for youth to enhance the thinking skills and character-building from Elementary School level and above.
Global Parenting Network partners with focused professionals to identify opportunities to learn from Parents across the world at various stages of their Parenting experience. Occasionally new concepts and thought-provoking information is shared and discussed through our various interactions, which help us to craft and adapt our existing programs to be the best resources available to ensure parents have the necessary tools to confidently raise happy, healthy, well-adjusted children.
We invite you to visit our dynamic GPN Groups page atop this website.
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has upended the lives of children and their families around the world. As COVID-19 has spread, so has misinformation – fueling discrimination and stigma. Global Parenting Network (GPN) is working with health experts to promote facts over fear, bringing trustworthy guidance and answering some of the questions families might have.
Symptoms can include:
fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, and tiredness.
In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties.
More rarely, the disease can be fatal.
Based on what we currently know, the transmission of COVID-19 is primarily occurring from people when they have symptoms (including mild symptoms), and can also happen just before they develop symptoms when they are in close proximity with others for prolonged periods of time.
While someone who never develops symptoms can also pass the virus to others, there’s ongoing research into how often this is the case.
The vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
We are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.
Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.
You should get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
Once you are fully vaccinated, you may be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
Wear a mask!
Everyone 2 years and older should wear masks in public.
Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially around people who do not live with you.
If someone in your household is infected, people in the household should take precautions including wearing masks to avoid spread to others.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
Wear your mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
Fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the strings behind your head.
If you have to continually adjust your mask, it does not fit properly, and you might need to find a different mask type or brand.
Make sure you can breathe easily.
Effective February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
Stay 6 feet away from others!
Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces!
Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible.
If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
Wash your hands often!
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
It is especially important to wash:
Before eating or preparing food
Before touching your face
After using the restroom
After leaving a public place
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After handling your mask
After changing a diaper
After caring for someone sick
After touching animals or pets
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover coughs and sneezes!
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect!
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Then, use a household disinfectant. Use products from EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) external icon according to manufacturer’s labeled directions.
Monitor Your Health Daily!
Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Take your temperature if symptoms develop!
Do not take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
IN THE NEWS
The Virtual Fathers Walk, supporting father involvement in education, was held on Thursday October 15th at 9:00 am. The virtual event was sponsored by WKYC Studios and hosted by the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, Passages and the Healthy Fathering Collaborative.
The event featured Brandon Simmons of WKYC Studios as emcee; author Margaret Bernstein reading her new book, The Fathers Walk; a tribute to founder Theresa Mejia Johnson by Al Grimes and Dr Brian Moore; and the Fathers Walk Pledge led by community fathers.
We encouraged all fathers attending the Virtual Fathers Walk to reach out to their children's schools to continue involvement throughout the school year. Father and male mentor involvement in education matters more than ever this year during the pandemic. And we encourage the community to support the thousands of fathers, uncles, grandfathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, brothers and mentors that step up to support the education of children in their lives.
GPN LEADERS SERVE IN THE COMMUNITY
During these winter months, our Chairman, Dr. Greg Johnson, and President, Dr. Christine Johnson, have been busy working with community partners in North East Ohio to distribute thousands of hot meals, other essential food items, toys, PPE, and extra warm clothing to the homeless, senior citizens, women's/men's shelters, and some of the most vulnerable families in the county.
These ongoing programs will serve those at most risk, and we are grateful to all our dedicated partners for their support and enthusiasm.
SOCIAL - EMOTIONAL - LEARNING DAY OHIO
Building Bonds, Reimagining Community!
MARCH 26, 2021
ORGANIZED BY THE OHIO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Co-sponsored by SEL4US & Urban Assembly
GPN was part of the second annual International SEL Day was held on March 26, 2021, as an opportunity to spread the word about the importance and impact of social-emotional learning. Working together, we can raise awareness for SEL, bring on new SEL stakeholders, create artifacts that demonstrate SEL in action, share SEL best practices… and more!
GPN LEADERS JOIN THE WHITE RIBBON PLEDGE
TO END VIOLENCE
Each year, our GPN CEO and President Dr's Greg and Christine Johnson join community leaders for the White Ribbon PLedge.
Since 1991 men have worn white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination. Through education, awareness-raising, outreach, technical assistance, capacity building, and partnerships, White Ribbon's programming challenges negative, outdated concepts of manhood and inspires men to understand and embrace the incredible potential they have to be a part of positive change.
THE PLEDGE: "I promise to never commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women. From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women and all gender-based violence.”
GPN IS A MEMBER OF THE
SESAME STREET IN COMMUNITIES ORGANIZATION
We encourage you to visit their website. Click on a topic for tons of resources that help kids (and parents!) with what matters most in young lives: health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness. All are critical to children’s healthy development…and together they build the foundation for a happy, healthy life.
Difficult Times & Tough Talks
Coping With Incarceration
With adults’ love and support, kids can cope with the incarceration of a loved one.
Dealing With Divorce
Separation or divorce means lots of changes, but love, comfort, and care can help children adjust and cope.
A parent’s injuries can affect routines and responsibilities, but family teamwork can help you face these changes and thrive during them.
Losing one’s home brings enormous challenges. And yet families are incredibly strong and determined to create a better future.
As an adult involved in foster care, you have an enormous job: building and rebuilding family structures and children’s sense of safety.
Your presence, love, and care help support children’s healthy development each and every day.
Moving Our Bodies
Children naturally love to move, but it’s not always easy to direct that energy or to find places kids can move freely. Set the stage so you can have fun moving with them every day!
Healthy routines help the whole family thrive.
Your family can prepare for emergencies together in easy ways.
A health emergency brings many changes and uncertainty for young children and families. But there are things we can do to face each day with optimism.
Helping Kids Grieve
Coping with the loss of a loved one brings enormous challenges. With love and support, children can start to heal.
Little ones need lots of help from caring adults to grow and thrive. A comforting, nurturing touch is actually necessary for healthy brain development!
Resources and support for families struggling with parental addiction.
Giving children tools to overcome both little and big challenges will help them to learn and grow.
You Matter Most
You are the most important factor in your child’s growth and development.
Building Language Skills
Talking thoughtfully with kids—and listening carefully to them—helps lay the foundation for school success!
Kids learn science by exploring the world around them. That’s why everyday moments are perfect opportunities to build science skills.
Grown-ups hold the power to help lessen the effects of traumatic experiences.
Veterans & Changes
With open communication and a little creativity, you can make children the heroes of an exciting new adventure.
When children are exposed to traumatic events within their own neighborhoods, communities, or across the world, you can help them feel safer and more secure…and build hope for a more peaceful, kinder future.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds - Autism
Share the amazing by celebrating and supporting the uniqueness of every child, including those on the autism spectrum.
Caring & Sharing
It’s a big world—children need to learn how to build relationships with the people all around them.
Caring for Kids
Family, friends, and neighbors make up a circle of care and support, filling children’s days with learning and love.
Fresh, healthy foods build strong bodies and minds.
Reading & Writing
Read books and share stories with children every day!
Use these resources to turn everyday moments into brain-building adventures.
When you help children to understand and express their emotions, you help them grow and thrive.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and each is unique in its own way. But one thing all families have in common is love.
Big emotions can be hard for little kids to handle. Tantrums are tough for kids and parents, but there are ways to help everyone cope with those difficult moments.
Learning Through Play
Play helps kids develop the skills needed for school and life.
Learning Through Routines
Everyday moments are learning moments!
You can help children with asthma by understanding what it is and how to be prepared.
Developing Math Skills
Math is all around us—and both kids and grown-ups use it every day.
Help kids understand money and learn to make good financial decisions.
Learning Through Art
Creating art gives children an opportunity to express themselves. Art can help bring science, math, and literacy concepts to life, and help kids develop important self-regulation skills.
Sesame Street is updating its cast with two new Black Muppets, 5-year-old Wes and his father Elijah. In a new clip from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit media and educational organization behind the popular children's program, Wes and Elijah explain the concepts of melanin and race to Elmo. "Elmo wants to know why Wes's skin is brown," the character asks as the trio looks at different colored leaves in the park. "I know why, Elmo! My mom and dad told me, it's because of melanin, right Dad?" Wes responds. "That's right," Elijah confirms, later adding, "Melanin is something that we each have inside our bodies that makes the outside of our bodies the skin color that it is. It also gives us our eye and our hair color." "The color of our skin is an important part of who we are but we should all know that it's okay that we all look different in so very many ways," he says.
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We Are the Voices of Change
Together, we are the many, many faces, races, cultures, and ages of parenting – and when we bring together all our voices, we can make something remarkable happen!
Your Voice Changes Lives
Your loving support, your voice is what powers our education and advocacy assistance programs, inspires life-changing research, powers dynamic support groups, fuels the domestic violence advocacy campaign, and allows us to bring families and individuals together at our family conferences.
Will You Be the Change?
Change doesn’t just happen by accident, it happens because of you! Be the change… for yourself, for someone else, for all families. Your support, your voice, your gift empower us to become the change that a child somewhere is dreaming about right now.
Whether a special one-time donation or a recurring gift, your support brings joy, hope, and change to so many.
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TO WORKING WITH PETS
Pets come with some powerful health benefits, including relieving depression and anxiety, lowering stress levels, and even improving your heart health. Most pet owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with companion animals. However, many of us remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of stroking a furry friend
Pets have evolved to become acutely attuned to humans and our behavior and emotions. Dogs, for example, are able to understand many of the words we use, but they are even better at interpreting our tone of voice, body language, and gestures. A loyal dog will look into your eyes to gauge your emotional state and try to understand what you are thinking and feeling.
Pets, especially dogs and cats can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, though, a pet can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.
While people with pets often experience the greatest health benefits, a pet does not necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and lower pulse rate.
Adults and children have a strong need for touch. Even hardened criminals in prison show long-term changes in their behavior after interacting with pets, many of them experiencing mutual affection for the first time. Stroking, hugging, or otherwise touching a loving animal can calm and soothe you when you are stressed or anxious. The companionship of a pet can also ease loneliness, and most dogs are a great stimulus for healthy exercise, which can substantially boost your mood, ease depression, reduce anxiety, and calm the symptoms of PTS, and PTSD.
The pet/human relationship can help prevent illness and even add years to your life, while isolation and loneliness can trigger symptoms of depression. Caring for a live animal can help make you feel needed and wanted, and take the focus away from your problems, especially if you live alone. Most dog and cat owners talk to their pets, some even use them to work through their troubles.
There are many children in particular who have other pets including snakes, lizards, rabbits, birds, and fish who bring them comfort, joy, and a sense of responsibility. Children learn empathy, confidence, accountability, and an awareness of our natural world.
For children with disabilities, pets ease behavioral problems or an inability to deal with stress as they provide a source of positive, nonverbal communication. The playful interaction and gentle touch from a well-trained, docile animal can help soothe and decrease aggressive behavior—as can simply being exposed to bright aquariums or fish tanks. In many cases, a child’s problem behavior is a reaction to the stressed response of the primary parent. Pets can help ease the stress of mom and dad.
Children respond positively to pets because unlike parents or teachers, pets are never critical and do not give orders.
They are always loving and their mere presence at home can help provide a sense of security in children. Having an ever-present pet can help ease separation anxiety in children when mom and dad are not around.
Having the love and companionship of a pet can make a child feel important and help them develop a positive self-image. Kids who are emotionally attached to their pets are better able to build relationships with other people. Studies have also shown that pets can help calm hyperactive or overly aggressive kids. Of course, both the animal and the child need to be trained to behave appropriately with each other.
A bird can help develop a young and expanding mind by teaching a child empathy and understanding. Kids can talk with their birds without a fear of rejection, which enables them to build their confidence, and even their vocabulary.
Getting a guinea pig is a great way to teach your child responsibility. Guinea pigs are easy to care for—all they need is a small amount of formulated pelleted food, a large cage, and a vitamin C supplement, which makes them an ideal pet for young children.
Children and adults alike can benefit from playing with pets, which can provide a source of calmness and relaxation, as well as a source of stimulation for the brain and body.
Playing with a pet can even be a doorway to learning for a child. It can stimulate a child’s imagination and curiosity.
The rewards of training a dog to perform a new trick, for example, can teach kids the importance of perseverance.
Caring for a furry friend can also offer another benefit to a child: immense joy.
Some children with autism or other learning difficulties are better able to interact with pets than people. Autistic children often rely on nonverbal cues to communicate, just as animals do. And learning to first connect with a pet may even help autistic children in their interactions with people. Pets can help children with learning disabilities learn how to regulate stress and calm themselves, making them better equipped to overcome the challenges of their disorder. Playing and exercising with a dog or cat can help a child with learning disorders stay alert and attentive throughout the day. It can also be a great antidote to stress and frustration caused by the learning disability.
GPN'S COMMITMENT TO ATHLETICS
There are many benefits to children playing sports. Athletics are an important part of child development, and participation in sports has a lasting positive impact on them. The effects of childhood participation in sports go far beyond the physical and can impact a child mentally, emotionally, and socially.
The most obvious benefit of playing a team sport is physical. With the prevalence of sedentary indoor activities like video games, computers, and television, participation in organized athletic activities is sometimes the only physical activity children have. This makes participation in organized sports even more crucial.
Children and teenagers who participate in sports learn early to have better control of their bodies. This positively affects important motor functions like coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and balance. Those who develop these skills also develop the neural pathways to support them, and the positive effects can last a lifetime.
Participation in sports helps to strengthen muscles which leads to an overall increase in strength and stamina. Additionally, sports typically involve different types of movement including both sudden moves and slow, steady movements, which develop and strengthen both types of muscles.
Exercise is an essential part of maintaining healthy body composition. Children and teenagers who regularly participate in sports tend to be leaner than those who are more sedentary. Healthy body composition can also help ward off diseases like Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
The more active they are, the healthier their heart and lungs tend to be. Early participation in sports can set children on a lifetime path of habits that contribute to cardiorespiratory fitness and health.
Many parents are less aware of the positive emotional benefits that come from youth participation in sports. Negative body image is especially prevalent in girls who are approaching their teen years. Girls who play sports tend to have a healthier body image than their more sedentary peers. The sense of accomplishment that comes with athletic competition also leads to a healthier sense of self-esteem.
Youth who participate in sports can leave their stress and aggression on the playing field. This can result in decreased incidence of depression, stress reduction, and elevated moods. Regular participation in athletics can help to build young minds by requiring creative and strategic thinking, as well as increased focus and attention. Additionally, most sports involve some kind of scoring, which can help them to sharpen their mental math abilities. All of these skills translate not only to the classroom but to the skills necessary in the workforce later in life.
GPN encourages our parents to encourage their children and teenagers to actively participate in athletics, including those with children facing the challenge of disabilities in all their forms. We know from the Special Olympics, that there may well be a sport that even a child, moving around in a wheelchair, for example, can enjoy and participate in each day.
As adults, we learn in life, you win some and you lose some. Nothing brings this lesson home in early life better than participation in sports. Children quickly learn that both winning and losing are part of life, and they learn how to handle it graciously and develop strategies for coping with both. If this is not taught early in life, the child can grow to have serious psychological issues that may well affect their success later in life.
Athletic participation builds strong leaders. The leadership skills gained in sports can help our youth to excel in school, life, and in the workplace, and it has been well documented that youth who participate in sports are less prone to drugs and alcohol, and girls are also less likely to become teen mothers.
GPN'S COMMITMENT TO SPECIAL NEEDS
OUR CHAMELION CHILDREN
Special needs are a canopy term for a wide range of diagnoses, from those that resolve quickly to those that will be a challenge for life and those that are relatively mild to those that are profound. Children with special needs may have developmental delay, medical conditions, psychiatric, and/or congenital conditions. These special needs require accommodations so children can reach their potential.
Regardless of the reason, the special needs designation can serve as an important starting point as it can help you acquire needed services, set appropriate goals, and gain an understanding of your child and the stresses your family may face.
Special needs are commonly defined by what a child cannot do—milestones unmet, foods banned, activities avoided, or experiences denied. These hindrances can hit families hard and may make special needs seem like a tragic designation.
Some parents will always mourn their child's lost potential, and some conditions become more troubling with time. Other families may find that their child's challenges make triumphs sweeter and that weaknesses are often accompanied by amazing strengths.
A family dealing with developmental delays will have different anxieties than one dealing with mental illness, learning problems, or behavioral challenges. Medical issues for children include serious conditions like cancer, heart defects, muscular dystrophy, and cystic fibrosis. It also includes chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes, congenital conditions like cerebral palsy and dwarfism, and health threats like food allergies and obesity. A child may need frequent medical testing, hospital stays, equipment, and accommodations for disabilities.
Children with behavior issues may not respond to traditional discipline. Diagnoses like ADHD, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), dysfunction of sensory integration, and Tourette's syndrome require specialized strategies that are tailored to their specific needs. Behavior issues can increase the risk of problems at school, which can lead to children being removed from the mainstream.
Children with learning disabilities like dyslexia and auditory processing disorder (APD) struggle with schoolwork regardless of their intellectual abilities. They require specialized learning strategies to meet their potential and avoid self-esteem problems and behavioral difficulties.
Some parents may realize that their child suffers from anxiety or depression or has attachment difficulties, which can leave a family dealing with a roller coaster of mood swings, crises, and defiance.
Although every special needs child is different and every family is unique, some common concerns link parents. These include getting appropriate care and promoting acceptance in the extended family, school, and community. For some, planning for an uncertain future may be necessary as they find themselves adjusting to routines and expectations.
Out of necessity, parents of children with special needs are often more flexible, compassionate, stubborn, and resilient than other parents. While it may not be something they had hoped for or expected, it is important every child is lovingly and patiently encouraged to do their best.
GPN is committed to working with families who have children with special needs, and to helping children adjust if one or both of their parents are disabled. When a child lives in a household with adults facing disabilities, the added pressure on that child can cause unimaginable stress.
We will be posting articles on this important subject to also include our military veterans returning from active service with amputations, and mental anguish.
Over the following months, GPN will be holding seminars and discussions to help multiracial families come together to discuss their unique experiences and we will offer much-needed information about the multiple factors contributing to the racial identity development of biracial adults, children, and youth. We recognize the distinctive and personal struggles of these multiracial families who face the important implications for social and political policy.
We will discuss the development process of children via open communication and interactions about racial issues, racial heritage, racial discrimination, and racial pride. Raising biracial children is a unique responsibility requiring thoughtfulness about teaching both sides of a child’s racial heritage, even if they as parents are no longer interracially married. We will discuss the responsibility for preparing children to deal with racial issues in society, including how children will express their racial identity. We will acknowledge that raising biracial children is a unique responsibility requiring thoughtfulness about teaching and talking about both sides of their child’s racial heritage at home as well as advocating for their family and children in the community and the larger American society.
The experience for biracial adults growing up with a unique racial heritage means that biracial individuals value being part of an interracial family. Biracial individuals must continuously negotiate their biracial identities during interaction with their family members i.e., parents, stepparents, siblings, grandparents, and great-grandparents, friends, and communities.
SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY FAMILIES
GPN PARTNERS WITH
THE MILITARY FAMILIES LEARNING NETWORK
The Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) engages military family service providers and Cooperative Extension educators in the exchange of experiences and research to enhance the professional impact and encourage professional growth. We encourage the formation and expansion of a skilled and collaborative network of professionals who support significant positive outcomes for military service members and their families.
The Military Families Learning Network is part of the DoD-USDA Partnership for Military Families. We submit regular reports to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture documenting ongoing work; please see links below for copies of quarterly performance reports. This work has been supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, U.S. Department of Defense under Award Numbers 2010-48869-20685; 2012-48755-20306; 2014-48770-22587 and 2015-48770-24368.
Our teams of faculty and staff from several universities work collaboratively to encourage issue-driven, learner-centered, collaborative programming.
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Gregory Johnson, Ph.D.
Christine Johnson, Ph.D.
Honorable Tonya R. Jones
Timothy F. Gibbons, M.S.,
Philip A.Wenk, PhD.,
Moreen Bailey Frater
Dr. Terrence Elliott
Norm & Pam Craig
Gia Hoa Ryan
Rev Diego Diaz
Arnold Tompkins, Esq.
Dee Bays Walker
Joseph P. Meissner, Esq.
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