April 2015 - Pickens County First Steps

Everyday Ways YOU Can Help Prevent Child Abuse: Loving the Kids in Your Faith Community

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Several weeks ago I was helping out in my church’s nursery. A weary mom dropped her two young children off in their appropriate classrooms on the nursery hall and then made her way to the worship service, with a baby on her hip. READ MORE

Everyday Ways YOU Can Help Prevent Child Abuse: 6 Ways to Keep Your Family Strong

The ripple effect of child abuse and neglect extends to the entire community. Our health care system, schools, neighborhoods, and faith communities all reflect the stability, or lack thereof, of our families.

When children fall behind in school because of abuse and neglect, they continue to fall behind and to drop out of school. They struggle to support their own families and continue the cycle of poverty and abuse.

We believe child abuse and neglect are preventable and it begins with the strength of your own family.

Strong families build strong communities that are better able to provide […]

Everyday Ways YOU Can Help Prevent Child Abuse: Give Away What Someone Needs

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Parents don’t begin their journeys as parents planning to abuse or neglect their children.
Any one of us may think we’re above taking out our stress on our kids until one day, we find ourselves gripped with external pressures and talking to our own children through clenched teeth and with a tone that’s harsher than we’d want anyone to hear.
Usually that’s where it ends but what about when it doesn’t? What about parents whose stress keeps unraveling until they strike out at their children in abusive ways?
Though we could take a close […]

Everyday Ways YOU Can Prevent Child Abuse: Take a Meal to a New Mom

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 A Baby Story

My first child came into the world believing that sleep was optional. She grew into a toddler who also believed that sleep was optional and is now a teenager who is the last one to fall asleep at sleepovers.

All of those baby books written by baby experts talked about how much sleep newborns need and how I should expect my precious new baby to sleep more than she was awake.

Sadly, the baby experts were wrong when it came to my particular child. {Not that I’m bitter.}

It didn’t take long for […]

Everyday Ways YOU Can Help Prevent Child Abuse: Pay Attention & Buy a Soda

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and I know what you’re thinking. “What can I possibly do to prevent child abuse?”

As modern-Americans, it’s easy to disengage because we’re  already burdened with doing so much: balancing work and home, commitment to our schools and faith-based communities, extended family involvement, keeping up with overflowing calendars and kids’ activities, keeping the pantry stocked and meals on the table {or passed to the backseat of your minivan — don’t pretend you’ve never done this.} Not to mention saving the world.

Where is the time, energy, and wherewithal […]

Week of the Young Child is Here!

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Welcome to the Pickens County First Steps blog! We hope this will be a space that encourages our friends in Pickens County toward everyday ways of supporting young children and their families in our community.

April 12-16 is The Week of the Young Child and that’s what we’re all about. This week recognizes that the early childhood years lay a critical foundation for children’s success down the road. Local communities across the nation will celebrate our young children and promote their needs, the needs of their families, and the early childhood programs that serve them.

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