We're hearing a lot about self care these days and with
right around the corner, it's the perfect time for some love for yourself!
But what does that mean exactly? There are many ways you can take care of yourself, and there is no one right way. You could have a relaxing day for yourself that includes reading a good book, meditation, writing down your thoughts, or quality time spent with your loved ones. Sometimes it might mean letting the chores wait, putting aside the to-do lists, or saying no to one more commitment.
Self care days can also include your family. Try enjoying watching a family movie together, make a meal together, go on a trip as a family, spend some time outside or make a list of things everyone is thankful for. It's very easy to get caught up in a busy work schedule but don't forget to take a moment to breathe, take care of yourself and check up on those around you. Take some time to make sure kids have a chance to relax and practice their own self care, doing this will teach them to make their mental and physical health a priority at a young age.
How to Make Self Care a Family Priority
Why should self-care be a priority for families?
Practicing self-care can make you feel happier and more physically, mentally and emotionally able to deal with life's pressures and stresses. For busy, hectic families, ensuring self-care is a priority makes sense, as it helps parents be better carers. It also role models positive behavior for teens, which they'll adopt and benefit from into adulthood.
What self-care works for you?
Self-care is different for everyone - you might have to work together to figure out the best options for each of you. Ask everyone to think about these questions individually:
What activities make you feel good and recharged?
What would you like to do more of?
Are there any activities that you look forward to during the week?
What would your ideal day look like? What activities would you do?
If you're struggling to think of specific activities, think about:
For parents (who may have forgotten!):
What did you love doing before you had kids?
Remind them of the things you've seen them enjoying.
Think low budget or free. This is about filling hearts with joy, not emptying your bank account.
The most important thing to remember that self care is not about doing more, it's about prioritizing the things that fill you up and recharge your batteries!
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes for children and their families.
Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
Join us each month as we discover new books related to
ACEs, Trauma-Informed Care and Resiliency.
This month, we are sharing the book Trauma Sensitive Schools for the Adolescent Years: Promoting Resiliency and Healing, Grades 6-12 bySusan E. Craig, Jim Sporleder
This book shows administration and staff how to help improve a child's learning by resolving common problems such as bullying, disruptive behavior and academic failure. It provides an overview of the effects of three types of trauma on adolescent development: early childhood adversity, community violence, and systemic inequities. It then goes onto explain trauma-sensitive approaches to instruction that will improve students' achievement.
What is a trauma-sensitive school?
A trauma-sensitive school is one in which all students feel safe, welcomed, and supported and where addressing trauma's impact on learning on a school-wide basis is at the center of its educational mission. It is a place where an on-going, inquiry-based process allows for the necessary teamwork, coordination, creativity and sharing of responsibility for all students, and where continuous learning is for educators as well as students.
Why does trauma sensitivity require a whole-school approach?
The nature of trauma is that it can cause feelings of disconnection from the school community that undermine students' success. Experts explain that a welcoming, supportive community can help children overcome these feelings and diminish the severity of the trauma response. As schools are communities for children, these findings reinforce what many educators and parents already know implicitly -that a supportive school-wide environment can play a significant role in addressing the needs of students who have endured traumatic experiences.
It is critical that children feel safe and connected to others in all parts of the school not just in one program or with one teacher. Furthermore, if students are to solidify their skills in developing relationships, in self-regulation, and in academic and nonacademic areas, and use these skills to participate fully in the school community, they need to practice and become fluent using them everywhere in the building, not only in one class or small group. Finally, school staff will not always now if a given child's problems grow out of traumatic experiences. The best approach is to make sure we provide trauma-sensitive learning environments for all children. A whole-school approach that values teamwork, coordination, and collaboration will enhance the school experience for all.
What's the difference between the terms "trauma-sensitive" and "trauma-informed"?
The term "trauma-sensitive" school describes a school in which all students feel safe, welcomed, and supported and where addressing trauma's impact on learning on a school-wide basis is at the center of its educational mission. The focus is on creating a whole-school culture that serves as a foundation for all students to learn and experience success at school.
The term "trauma-informed" arose in the behavioral health field. According to SAMHSA, "trauma-informed" refers to the delivery of behavioral health services in a way that "includes an understanding of trauma and an awareness of the impact it can have across settings, services, and population."
TLPI believes it is important to distinguish between the terms "trauma-sensitive" and "trauma-informed" in order to recognize the different roles of schools and behavioral health providers. The term "trauma-sensitive" helps emphasize that educators are not expected to take on the role of therapists. It also helps emphasize that, while behavioral health services will be an important part of the effort, helping traumatized children learn at school requires more-it also requires a school-wide culture that helps children feel safe and supported in all parts of the school.
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Free Mandated Reporter Training
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00 - 11:30 am,
the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Open to parents, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give
us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE.
(Please note, the February training will be the third week, Feb. 20th.)
Would you like to make a difference in the lives of children?
You can support the Child Abuse Prevention Councils efforts to keep our kids safe!
Print out the form HERE, and send it in with your donation today.
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities.
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Amador Community Resources
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Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642, Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642