Supporting the WHOLE Child: Educationally, Physically, Spiritually, Mentally, Emotionally, and Socially
During Black Child Development Week, May 14-19, 2012, we encourage you to take the time to address needs that support the WHOLE child’s wellbeing. Below you’ll find a list of activities that you can participate in with your family and in your community:
Make learning fun! Get involved with your child during homework time. Instead of your children completing their homework alone, try to make their homework assignments more interactive. This will be helpful, as most children are visual learners and learn by repetition. More “fun learning” activities can be found online at http://www.makinglearningfun.com/.
It is important to have playtime with your children. Playtime is not only a time for kids, but it can be beneficial for the entire family. Take the time to incorporate fun exercises and outdoor activities that will get the entire family moving and physically fit! Read more about the advantages of staying fit and family playtime in the spring 2012 edition of Child Health Talk at http://nbcdi.org/blog/2012/03/12/spring-2012-child-health-talk/
As we all know, the World can be a very unjustifiable place. It is the responsibility of parents and communities to nurture the child’s spiritual well-being. This week, take extra time to instill in your child, values, morals and beliefs that they can call upon as factors and reference points to consider when various decisions arise in their lives.
Create a sense of belonging. Teach and reinforce positive behaviors and decision-making; encourage helping others. These are just a few things that can be done to support children’s mental health. These tips and more can be found at http://www.nasponline.org/. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also has great materials and resources that will assist in addressing the needs of children that are suffering from various traumas and mental illnesses’.
Constantly encourage and motivate your child to always do their best, and let them know that they can do anything that they put their mind to. This week, participate in activities that your child is good at and motivate them to continue to work to reach their goals.
For instance, if your child is good at painting, take them to an art gallery. Maybe one day, it will be their painting that is hanging on the wall.
More ways to nurture your child’s emotional well-being can be found in Everyday Health at http://www.everydayhealth.com/depression/treating/tips/10-ways-to-nurture-your-child.aspx
Social skills are imperative to introduce to children at an early age. It is the responsibility of parents and caregivers to instill in children the importance of working together as a team and that it is always good to do nice things for others.
This week, take the entire family to participate in a community service activity or to a neighbor’s house to perhaps help out with spring-cleaning.
On Saturday May 19, BCDI Milwaukee will sponsor an Infant Mortality Forum at the You First Expo (Women & Girls Health Forum) at the Frontier Center. The expo will recognize the important area of women’s health and address health literacy/disparities, nutrition, and fitness.
The event is open to the public and admission is free. And on Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. BCDI Milwaukee will partner with Darrell Lynn Hines College Preparatory Academy of and other local partners to kick-off a health challenge to children and their families around healthy eating and exercise.
This event will take place at Destiny Youth Plaza located at 7210 North 76th Street. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is encouraged by calling 855-653-2234.
The depth and breadth of BCDI Milwaukee activities are due in large part to the talents and contributions of their Board of Directors.
Led by Wanda J. Montgomery as President, Tammy L. Saffold as Secretary, and Shirley A. Metcalf as Treasurer, the Board’s other members include: Dr. Wilma Bonaparte, Victoria Brooks, Michael Campbell, Gershia Coggs, Holly Davis, Charles Greer, Arles Lawrence, Schnell Price Lambert, Jermaine Reed, Shaun Robey, Jeri Rose, Dawn Shelton-Williams, Michelle Watts, and E. Adekunle Wilson.
To learn about BCDI Milwaukee and its activities, visit: www.bcdi-milwaukee.org or call 1-855-653-2234.
And consider joining: “If you KNOW a Black child, HAVE a Black child, LOVE a Black child, or CARE for a Black child, you should be part of the Black Child Development Institute Milwaukee.”