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Parenting leader in action: Lisa deSimon
Partnership for Families & Children is the Local Management
Board for Wicomico County, Maryland, located on Maryland’s
beautiful Eastern Shore. Our mission is to promote a safe, healthy,
and stable environment for all Wicomico County children and families.
Maryland’s Governor’s Office for Children grant funds
the Family Empowerment Initiative. This Initiative is the program
that provides free Family Empowerment Workshops to Wicomico County
families/parents/caregivers including high-risk, low-income families,
caregivers of children with and without special needs, relatives
raising children as parents, and parents with special needs. We
aim to establish a peer-to-peer network of “Family Leaders”
to provide parenting education and family support services and
natural supports that are community-based and easily accessible.
An additional goal is to seed train parent leaders in community
based settings who can facilitate workshops within their agency
I am the only employee for the program. I coordinate all of the
Family Empowerment Workshops with our volunteer team of 53 trained
Active Parenting Family Leaders. We offer approximately 10-12
public workshops plus 8-10 workshops in homeless shelters, the
county jail, and an adolescent home per year in 1,2,3,4 Parents!,
Active Parenting Now, and Active Parenting of Teens.
This past year, we added Families in Action for Teens
in order to reach middle and high school students as well. We
recruit our parent and teen participants by distributing our registration
flyers to schools, daycares, after school programs, social services,
drug court, family court as well as other agencies and organizations.
We begin each Family Empowerment Workshop with a Family Meal to
encourage families to get to know each other. Then the children
go with contracted youth care providers into our Family Connection
Center room across the hall from the parents. Each parent is provided
with a Parent’s Guide, community resource information, and
two enthusiastic, trained Family Leaders to share the valuable
Active Parenting skills.
On April 28 and April 29, 2012, we are expanding our corps of
volunteer Family Leaders by hosting our own Leader Training Workshop
with our very own Trainers that include Sherri Allen, Jane Reagan,
and me. We already have 10 accepted applicants that will become
trained and certified in Active Parenting so we can further our
mission in Wicomico County.
Interested in learning more? Join Lisa and her colleagues
at their Leader Training Workshop at the end of the month.
Contact her for more information at 410-546-5400 ext 13.
latest pick: new character ed videos
has an in-house resource consultant, Marian Adair, who reviews
hundreds of books and videos each year. Her goal is to find items
to supplement your Active Parenting programming. She reviews each
book or video to be sure the content is in keeping with Active
Parenting principles. Marian is also mindful of giving you the
best value for your dollar.
Click to play Guidance Systems: Rumors, Gossip, and Teasing: It
This month, Marian would like to point out a new video series.
Systems is a line of DVDs for elementary, middle and high
school covering character education topics. Filmed in 2012, each
video presents real-life vignettes which students can identify
with to develop an understanding of the consequences, emotions
and age-appropriate solutions relating to each topic. Each program
includes a digital Teacher's Guide to facilitate classroom discussion.
(Do you have a favorite parenting resource to recommend? Send
the information to Marian so she can consider it for addition
to our catalog: email@example.com
or fax to 770-429-0334)
Dr. Popkin in Suffolk, Virginia - May 10
Active Parenting's Dr. Michael Popkin is looking forward to meeting
parents and leaders at his workshop on Thursday, May 10 (6-8 PM).
Sponsored by the Suffolk Early Childhood Development Commission,
Smart Beginnings, and Parenting with Purpose, this free event
will be on the topic of his latest book, "Taming the Spirited
Child." Contact the Suffolk ECDC for details.
had a great time in Phoenix at the TOT!
Dr. Popkin, Melody Popkin, and trainer Nancy Spence had a wonderful
time meeting Active Parenting leaders from all over the world
at the Phoenix Training of Trainers last month. You can see some
photos from the event on our Facebook page. If you're feeling
jealous, no need to worry: the next Training of Trainers is scheduled
for Atlanta in July. Make plans now to join us!
program reports success with Active Parenting
Resource Center of the NDSU Extension Service in Minot, North
Dakota, reported success from their Active Parenting of Teens
classes in the past year. Stated one parent: "(I'm) realizing
a lot of what I'm seeing with my teen is very much the norm."
That's a sigh of relief heard from many parents after taking this
class! Click on the image at right for a copy of the report.
of the Month
and I are two members of a team that works together to serve you.
This month I'd like to shine some light on another one of our
hidden treasures, Work/Life Manager Cathy Daughtridge. Born in
the San Fernando valley of California, Cathy is our very own "Valley
Girl." Before she had kids, Cathy traveled all over the United
States, and now that she has an empty nest she and her husband
are getting the travel bug again. At Active Parenting, Cathy works
with work/life programs in companies to help them provide the
perfect tools to their employees. She is also our computer guru
and is therefore always in demand. Thanks, Cathy!
Cathy with her husband.