Ellis County Child Care Task Force discusses fixes during focus groups

At a meeting last week, the Child Care Task Force of Ellis County shared the insights members gleaned from a series of focus groups. Finding locations for child care centers is not an issue, but supporting and recruiting providers, and regulatory hurdles are, according to people who attended the focus groups.
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Metro News

Marsh: Flu hospitalizations “worst we’ve seen in 10 years”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There are new variants of COVID-19 that are circulating in West Virginia, on top of a rise in flu cases and continued concerns about RSV among children, according to state health officials. State coronavirus czar Dr. Clay Marsh said there’s been a 30 percent increase in...

How Giving Up What I Thought I Wanted Gave Me What I Needed

It can be easy to become laser-focused on what we think we want in life. So we read about it, daydream about it, and work towards making it a reality. Living in a state of constant desire, we search for that one opportunity to lead us to what we want.
Longview News-Journal

Rice: Celebrate Christmas with unconditional love and compassion

With Christmas this month, too often, I see parents and caregivers who use presents or the lack of them as a form of discipline when it’s manipulation and control. I’ve seen numerous videos on TikTok and Instagram showing parents pretending to throw presents in the fireplace or the trash to elicit good behavior. Not to mention, using scare tactics about being watched, whether good or bad, creates unnecessary fear and anxiety around a time to be jolly and excited.
Laclede Record

Rotary hears from foster grandparent

The Ozark’s Area Community Action Cooperation (OACAC) Foster Grandparent Program is a federally funded program through the Cooperation of National Community Service (CNCS) and AmeriCorps Seniors. The program was founded in 1965, first established with Senior Corps. In 1972, OACAC began sponsoring the program, serving 14 counties in Missouri. The program is designed to combine the skills of senior citizens with the needs of the community. Laclede County has one foster grandparent at this time – Grandpa George Wells. Grandpa George has been working with children at Joel E. Barber for 11 years now. He began in a kindergarten classroom and when he was paired with Joel E. Barber teacher Jessica Joiner, they instantly clicked. For more on this story see the LCR.

‘Foster grandparents’ needed to mentor students

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - If you are a retiree and looking for something to do, there might be a solution for you. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana is currently searching for ‘foster grandparents’ to work one-on-one with students struggling in the classroom. The program currently serves schools in Lake Charles, Sulphur, Iowa, Jennings, Westlake, and we’re told they’re looking to expand.

How Families Can Use Rituals to Come Together

To cope with change, families need a periodic check on their routines and traditions. Rituals honoring both the old (past) family and the new (present) family were most valued by more or all of family members. Families need to explore which rituals to keep, dump, adapt, and create anew, now...

Tips for Parents Navigating Grief and Loss

When there is a death, adults often have to help their children navigate the loss as well as dealing with their own grief. The child's age plays a major role in what they can understand and process about death. Being patient and striving to understand what a child needs can...

10 Cool Holiday Tech Gifts And Gadgets For Grandparents

Grandma and grandpa show up when we need them most, so when it’s time to give back check out our list of 10 tech gifts to keep that connection going strong. Grandparents are breaking the stereotypical images of the rocking-chair-bound, knitting and fishing enthusiasts of days gone by. As the digital age has transformed our world, our parents and grandparents are getting more tech-savvy.

Encourage the bond between kids and Grandparents

Growing up I had a close relationship with my grandparents and have wonderful memories of our time together. My grandma loved to teach me about plants, to play card games, and to cook together. My grandpa took me camping, fishing, and was always sneaking us extra dessert. Grandparents and their grandchildren have a special bond. This will look different for each family but there are some ways you can build and encourage the bond between your kids and their grandparents.

Birth Announcement: Tate William Talley

ALTON – Tate William Talley, the son of Katelyn and Jacob Talley, was born at Alton Memorial Hospital on Friday, Oct. 28 at 3:44 p.m. weighing 9 lbs, 10 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. Paternal grandparent are William and Patricia Talley. Maternal grandparents are Rebecca and Louis...

A Sacrifice to be Made

Several years ago I accepted the challenge of moving in with my son and his two children while his wife was deployed overseas with the military. During the six months I was there, I was the primary caretaker: feeding, doing laundry, entertaining, buying clothing, and all around being their surrogate parent. Once this time was done, my wife and I who endured the separation believed that this was a once in a lifetime experience. Or not.