Memorial Day 2017…Remembering Military Children and Families Who Served America Too!

“Let’s raise children who won’t have to recover from their childhoods.” ~Pam Leo Following is an excerpt from my new book released for the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII… Chapters The Wrath of Stigma Local Community, Partnerships, and Responsibility Parents, Teachers, and Mentors Teaching Kids Empathy & Compassion…The dangers of emotional numbness & […]

Military Kids Exposed to the War at Home… How to help children cope and gain strength…

Stressed out Military Families Need Peer Support…  Helping Children Cope… “Deployments can be challenging for the entire military family. Even with the best preparation children may experience stress when one or both parents deploy. The at-home parent or caregiver may also experience stress as they adjust to new family roles and responsibilities. Although deployment may […]

April…Month of the Military Child… Honor military families who serve America too…

“April is the Month of the Military Child. This awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. There are approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old; 1.3 million military children are school-aged. Care of military children sustains our fighting force, […]

Honor and Remembrance of Military Spouses and Families from WWII and Korean War…

Military Spouses Now & Then… By Dana Bretz Click on this link for more…  Quote…from Military Spouses Advocacy Network… “Twenty three years later (following WWI), we were preparing for yet another world war and we answered that all too familiar call. The call that your country needs you, and without hesitation spouses gave what their country […]

Why do ‘I Worry About the Kids?’ As parents, teachers, and mentors we can save lives!

  Following is an excerpt from Chapter 1, I Worry About the Kids, a workbook for parents, teachers, and mentors, by Steve Sparks.  Anticipated publish date September 2016. “Although children are resilient and adapt to their immediate surroundings and their broader environment—good, bad, indifferent, and ugly as it might be—kids inhale the pain of loved […]

“I Worry About the Kids” A new post-trauma growth project! by Steve Sparks

Dear Family, Friends, and Colleagues, “I Worry About the Kids!”  is my new creative non-fiction publishing project!  Please click on the highlighted text to review my project proposal, and the personal video clip of a previous talk on behalf of the Chinook Winds, Celebration of Honor at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.  Please support this important work and project on behalf of […]

“Nightmare of Child Abuse!” Kids need trusted teachers & mentors in school and after-school…

Dr. Wills Neighborhood Podcast click here… Thanks to psychotherapist, author, speaker and all-around terrific dude Dr. Will Miller, BeAKidsHero now is available as a podcast! Dr. Will has put together an online community of podcasts as part of his Dr. Will’s Neighborhood, where folks can join “the best conversation in town”… and he’s invited BeAKidsHero to move into […]

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week…The Resilience of Homeless Kids…

The Resilience of Homeless Kids…but not without long term emotional needs and support… Who is the homeless?  “Storied Streets” Watch this powerful documentary trailer… ##### I was moved today listening to Susan Sarandon on NBC Today talking about her new documentary “Storied Streets.”    I know in my own community of Lincoln County Oregon, we […]

Honoring Military Spouses and Mothers of Modern Wars…Happy 97th to my Mom, WWII & Korean War…

Military Spouses Now & Then… By Dana Bretz Click on this link for more…  Quote…from Military Spouses Advocacy Network… “Twenty three years later (following WWI), we were preparing for yet another world war and we answered that all too familiar call. The call that your country needs you, and without hesitation spouses gave what their country […]

Healing Traumatized Kids…My Journey of Healing in Life after Trauma, Part 2…August 14th…70th Anniversary End of WWII

Training Teachers and Mentors to be Trauma Informed…video clip Crittenton Children’s Center, Saint Luke’s Health System Crittenton Children’s Center has excelled for more than a century at effectively treating the mental and behavioral health care needs of children, adolescents, and their families. Our facility offers a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital, foster care and adoption case management, intensive […]