Friday, December 18, 2009
1. Slow Down.
Slow down refers to taking a good hard look at all the Christmas activities that are on your calendar this year and decide what is essential to the season and what isn't. This might mean missing out on a few get-togethers and Christmas celebrations, but it also means missing out on the hustle and bustle that goes along with them. I'm talking about the special outfits that you might need to buy, hostess gifts, food and drink etc... Figure out which celebrations are really essential to you Christmas season and enjoy those. The other festivities that feel like more work than they are worth? Give them a miss this year! Stay home, relax, spend time with your family in a more laid back kind of way.
Simplify. There are many ways to simplify your Christmas season. Rather than exchanging gifts with an exhaustive list of friends and familiy, consider sharing the gift of time. Better yet, make that time after the hectic season of Christmas has passed. The vast majority of adults and children in our lives, don't really NEED anything for Christmas. With a much shorter Christmas list we are able to cut back on our researching, shopping, wrapping, transporting gifts and all of that messy wrapping paper afterwards. I'm not suggesting we be scrooge's this Christmas, but that we eliminate those gifts that we are buying just for the sake of buying and making our gift giving more meaningful. In the home preparation of this festive season, rather than baking dozens of different treats, pick on or two of your family's favorites and just make those. We will be more able to find the significance of the season when we aren't trying to keep track of the dozens of tasks we still have yet to do. If you are unable to simplify and cut back in these areas, at least create a master list of what is yet to be done to help you stay on track. Prioritize that list and work on the most important items first and if you do run out of time to get everything done, hopefully your stress level will be relieved.
Share. I've already mentioned sharing the gift of time rather than gifts this season. Why not focus on those in our community and beyond that really don't have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with food, festivities and friends. Whether you spend some time distributing gifts, or serving at a community Christmas event, try to reach beyond your regular circle of family and friends and help those less fortunate have a memorable Christmas season. This will definately make the significance of the season easier to find.
On behalf of the Town of Beaumont FCSS Staff:
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Beaumont Community Youth Centre is starting off the season with their annual Jingle Bell Jog which is an important part of the Town of Beaumont's Brighten up Beaumont events which run from December 4-6, 2009. To download a copy of the registration form (as shown below) check out the Youth Centre's website.
Now, if the weather is already a bit chilly for you outside, head down to the AquaFit centre and have a swim, or relax in the hot-tub. Or if you are feeling really energetic, check out their fully equipped work-out area or one of the fitness classes.
If Christmas baking is already on your mind, check out these great recipes for family friendly baking ideas.
If you would like to share some of your family's Christmas Traditions for fun, food or decorating ideas, please post them here! Have a great week everyone and enjoy this holiday season.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sibling Rivalry was held on November 16th, the third installment of Kids and Drugs: The Power of Parents was held on November 18th and this week I am gearing up for Parents Empowering Parents (tonight at the BCYC), Let's Talk this Wednesday afternoon (also at the BCYC). This month's topic is regarding healthy relationships in recognition of Family Violence Prevention Month. Also on November 18th we are having session #4 of the Kids and Drugs Workshop Series. This week we are having a guest speaker; Cpl. Dave Wilkinson who will be informing us as to the signs and symptoms of drug use in our children, and what kind of drugs are prevelant here in the Town of Beaumont. So come out to the Beaumont Community Church to learn more about this important topic. No pre-registration is necessary and Cpl. Wilkinson wil be able to answer our specific questions on the topic of drugs and our kids. The Kids and Drugs presentation begins at 7pm and usually runs until 9pm.
We are already working on our line-up of topic for the Parent Workshop Series for 2010. Look for posters around town, hand-outs in your child's backpack and an insert in your utility bills in January of the new year.
Have a great week!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
- Set Ground Rules for acceptable behaviours. Kids need to know that certain behaviours are not okay. Examples include; swearing, name calling, yelling, door slamming, etc. Get their input into the rules as well as the consequences if these guidelines aren't followed. Kids will learn that they are responsible for their own actions regardless of how provoked they might feel and prevents slipping into the negotiation of who was "right" and who was "wrong".
- Remind them that things aren't always going to be "fair" or "equal". There will be times that one child is going to need more than the other. That being said, parents need to be sure that one child's needs aren't constantly being ignored due to the fact they are more easy going or less demading.
- Plan to spend time with your kids, one-on-one. Make sure that this special time is directed to their interests and needs. This is when really knowing your child and waht interests them is key.
- Make sure kids have their own space and time to do their on thing. Help them develop the skills to play with toys by themselves, and play with friends without siblings always having to be with them. This helps them develop their own sense of self and personal interests.
- Through actions and words let your kids know that your love for them comes without limits. From a young age, children need to know that parental love isn't something that has to be divided up.
- Let your kids know that they are safe, important and needed. Let them know that their needs (as unique as they are) will be met.
- Have fun together as a family. Whether you are watching a movie, throwing a ball, or playing a game, you are establising a peaceful way for your kids to spend time together
and relate to one another. This can help to ease tension between them and keeps you (the parent) involved. Since parental attention is something many kids fight over, fun family activities can help reduce conflict.
- If your children frequently squabble over the same things, (video game, computer time, tv remote) post a schedule showing which child is in charge of that item at what times during the week. If the fighting continues, remove the time completely until they have figured out a way to share the item peacefully.
- If fights between your school aged children are frequent, hold weekly family meetings in which you repeat the rules about fighting and review past sucesses in reducing conflicts. Having your kids earn points for dealing with conflict peacefully that can be put towards a fun family event might add an extra incentive to stop constant squabbling.
Good luck as you attempt to reduce fighting and aggression in your family. In recognition of Family Violence Prevention Month the Town of Beaumont FCSS is hosting a Parent Workshop on the topic of Sibling Rivalry on November 16, 2009. At the Beaumont Community Youth Centre from 7-8:30pm. Childcare (4+) will be provided. Phone Jenny at 780 929 9271 too register.
Friday, October 30, 2009
October 27th was the Meditation for Parents workshop, the attendance to this event was much lower than anticipated as calls into the FCSS office were numerous and community members seemed extremely interested in learning how meditation can help them as parents and their children. If you are interested in this topic please call Jenny at the FCSS office and she will be able to direct you to the facilitator for this informative workshop.
Kids and Drugs: The Power of Parents began this week at the Beaumont Community Church. Jenny and I (Linda) are co-facilitating this group and our first session was informative, and sparked much conversation. If you are interested in learning how you as a parent, or caregiver can help prevent the use of drugs in your children please come out to the next three sessions. November 4th, 18th, and 25th. Space is still available in these sessions. On November 25th our group will be lead by Cpl. Dave Wilkinson from the Beaumont RCMP detatchment to help us learn to spot the warning signs of specific drug use, drug paraphenalia, and what kinds of drugs are most prevalent in our Beaumont and surrounding community. This session is essential for parents to attend in order to be better informed about drug scene here in Beaumont, Alberta.
Our next Parent Workshop Series has been set: Sibling Rivalry, on November 16th at 7pm at the Beaumont Community Youth Centre. This informative workshop will be lead by psychologist Joanne Koopmans of Karunia Counselling and co-facilitated by myself, Linda Mix-Kondratski. We will touch on the causes of sibling rivalry, tips on prevention and what to do if sibling rivalry is getting out of hand in your home. Please join us for an informal evening of learning, discussion and ideas on how to deal with this important and sometimes volatile situation.
For questions about these or any other FCSS programs or services, please post here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 780 504-5969
Have a happy and safe Halloween!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Also in the lineup for fall programming on October 27th is a free workshop about meditation and parenting. There has been a lot of interest in this presentation so be sure to come out and join in what is going to be a very informative and engaging evening.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Approaching life with an attitude of gratitude is something I try to do and is something I've tried to teach my children as well. We are we, as parents are to celebrate the good things in our lives, the more likely our children are to develp the same habit.
Here are some ways to demonstrate and teach thankfulness as outlines by nymetroparents.com:
- Appreciating one another's health, abilities and accomplishments is an excellent way to reflect on all the reasons to be thankful from the past year. You'll all get great ideas for your Turkey day grace and you'll be thankful for the time spent relaxing together during the busy season.
- Thankful time as a family presents a great opportunity to take family holiday photos, or watch family movies to further reiterate everything you are all thankful for. Pass around a bowl of popcorn, grapes or snack mix and with every handful say something nice to the person to your right. Play charades with a thankful theme. Any time spent together that stimulates a thankful state of mind will be beneficial to your family.
- Start a Turkey day diary. Purchase a notebook or journal for your family to pass around the weeks before Thanksgiving. Having each member take the time to jot down what they're thankful for gives each one of you a quiet time to reflect on the past year. Letting younger family members dictate their thoughts, and giving teens colored pens to add their personal flair add other elements to your family's 'Thankful Time Capsule'. Year after year, you all can add your thankful thoughts to the diary and recollect what you noted the year before.
- Have the entire family hand sign the holiday cards that you'll send to friends, neighbors and family. You'll show the card recipients that they are appreciated since you each took the time to sign the cards and add a personal note or a smiley face.
- Many parents take the time to notice the paper delivery person, mail carrier, hair stylist, and household assistants during the holidays. Involving your children in this act helps them appreciate all the subtle support and services they receive throughout the year. Enlisting your kids to help shop for gifts, bake cookies, or put together baskets of bread and spreads lets them know you're proud to show your respectful thanks. Your child will feel honored to deliver gifts he has helped to create, and will learn it is important to show thanks in many different settings.
- Hearts aren't just for February. • Gather up your family and bake a batch of heart-shaped sugar cookies. Decorating the cookies with fall-colored frosting, sprinkles, and the word 'Thanks' painted with frosting gel sends a thank you that's straight from the heart. Send the thank you cookie in wax paper bags adorned with your child's message of 'Thanks from the bottom of my heart' to coaches, teachers, bus drivers, and mentors. Reserve some cookies for your family to pass to one another to recognize acts of kindness among siblings.
- Trace your child's handprints (fingers pointed up and slanted) opposing each other on a piece of letter-sized paper. Their thumbs and index fingers form a heart in the middle of the page to write a thankful message to a teacher, such as, 'Thanks for helping me to read" or 'Your math class was the best.’ Add thankful words and phrases on each of the fingers to strengthen the heartfelt message.
I hope your Thanksgiving Holiday is meaningful and restful and provides you the opportunity to reflect on all that you have to give thanks for this season.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
1. The Grounding Cord- Achieving emotional balance
2. Notice Emotions Instead of Becoming Them
3. Sensational Focus
4. Experiencing a Child's World
5. Looking into the Mirror
Come out and join in this enlightening event right here in Beaumont. Phone 780 929 9721 for more information.
Have Fun with your Family during
National Family Week!
From October 5 to 11, 2009, Canadians in communities across the country will come together for local celebrations during National Family Week. The week provides an opportunity to celebrate families and reflect on their importance in our lives.
The theme for this year’s National Family Week, Jump into Family Fun!, provides an opportunity to celebrate and promote the many different ways families have fun together, nurturing their physical, spiritual and emotional health.
Through National Family Week activities, family members can embark on a journey of rediscovery as they take the time to reconnect through play as a family.
National Family Week is a partnership initiative of The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP Canada), a bilingual, not-for-profit association with members located in all provinces and territories. FRP Canada promotes the well-being of families by providing national leadership, consultation and resources to those who care for children and support families.
FRP Canada, together with 11 partner organizations, has produced resources with helpful tips and suggestions for fun activities that families can do together. These resources are available electronically at www.frp.ca/nfw
National Family Week partners include: BC Council for Families, BestStart/Health Nexus, Canadian Child Care Federation, First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada, Green Communities/Active & Safe Routes to School, Invest in Kids, Lettuce Make Thyme Inc., Media Awareness Network, ParticipACTION, Safe Kids Canada, and THRIVE! The Canadian Centre for Positive Youth Development.
Please join FRP Canada and its NFW partners in celebrating families in all our communities during National Family Week, October 5-11, 2009!
Check back here next week for some great family fun ideas!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
An annual FCSS program just recently launched here in Beaumont is the Christmas Elves program. This dedicated group of volunteers is gearing up again to collect food, toys and personal care items to ensure that all families in Beaumont have a very merry Christmas. To volunteer for this program or to find out what items are needed for donations please contact Tina at: 780 929-2515.
To contact Kim phone: 780 929 9143 or email email@example.com
Friday, September 11, 2009
I am excited about working in the Beaumont Community and would like to give everyone a bit of information about my background and what I am bringing to your community. Most recently I spent the summer with Leduc Child & Family Services, which provided me a great opportunity to learn about the resources available in Leduc and the surrounding counties. Prior to this summer, I spent the past three years working for Legal Aid Alberta in a support and advocacy role to the families they serviced. A major part of my role was to provide information and referrals to families for community services, ranging from parenting and anger management programs, to addictions and mental health services, to financial supports and benefits. I also spent time working with clients experiencing family violence and the programs and services available in this area.
As the FCSS Community Liaison I will be working on a number of projects and I am excited to say that these projects will help me get to know more about Beaumont and how I can contribute to the community. One of the areas that I will be focusing a lot of time on is the Developmental Asset Approach and bringing more awareness of the 40 Developmental Assets identified by the Search Institute to the Beaumont Community. You may have already been to a workshop FCSS put on earlier in the year or you may have read about this approach on this blog. Watch for more information coming soon about how the Developmental Asset Approach is being implemented in Beaumont and how all community members are able to make a positive impact on our youth with the Developmental Assets Approach. Another area that I am working on with the help of many, is organizing the Parent Workshop Series. If you have any suggestions or interest in a specific topic that you would like to see a workshop organized for, please call or email me. Watch for more information about the topics and presenters that will be offered starting October 21, 2009 at the Beaumont Community Youth Centre.
For more information on any of the above, or for any questions, please call me at (780) 929-9271 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Let’s Talk: offered through the Beaumont and Community Youth Centre. These interactive and fun workshops touch on a variety of topics in an engaging manner that keep youth aged 12-17 interested while learning about important topics like: improving communication, healthy relationships, self-esteem, and anger management. Contact the Beaumont Youth Centre for topics and times. 780-929-5155 or www.town.beaumont.ab.ca/youth/index.asp
HEROES: An interactive program focusing on developing Character, Confidence and Integrity in young people. The HEROES program is delivered through the school health curriculum in the junior high setting. A series of 12 sessions delivered in class (contact your local school for availability) will help youth discover their unique gifts and abilities, how to develop and maintain healthy relationships, and recognize their willingness to succeed in life. For more information phone 504-5969 or for more information about the HEROES program check out: http://www.impactsociety.com/
Kids and Drugs: The power of parents; is a workshop series aimed at helping parents of school aged children to prevent drug use and abuse. This 4 week workshop series recognizes that parents with strong parenting skills and a close relationship with their child are better able to recognize and help prevent drug use of their child. This program was developed by AADAC and the RCMP and will be offered right here in the community of Beaumont through a partnership between Town of Beaumont FCSS, RCMP, and AADAC. For more information about the Kids and Drugs program check it out on line: www.aadac.com/documents/KidsDrugs_Parent.pdf
Parent Workshop series. This year’s series will be offering a variety of topics on the third Monday of every month starting October 2009. These informative sessions will take place at the Beaumont Community Youth Centre from 7:00-9:00 pm. Topics and presenters are still to be announced. Topics that have been offered in the past are: Family Finance, Alcohol Liability, Bully Proof your Child, 40 Developmental Assets and more. Look forward to additional interesting topics this year. Most of these workshops don’t require pre-registration but for more information contact the FCSS Liaison at: 780 929-9271.
One on one support is available through the Youth Outreach Facilitator; Linda Mix-Kondratski for young people struggling with self-esteem issues, bullying, parent – teen conflict, or problems with personal relationships. These sessions are confidential and free of charge. Phone 780 504-5969 for an appointment.
Parents Empowering Parents: A program offering confidential support, education and hope for parents who are concerned about the drug or alcohol use of their youth. No pre-registration is necessary, there are no fees associated with this group and meetings held the second and fourth Monday of the month from 7-9pm at the Beaumont Community Youth Centre. Phone 780-504-5969 for more information or check out http://www.pepsociety.ca/ or http://beaumontfcss.blogspot.com/ on line. Next meetings: September 14, 28th,October 12th, 26th.
New programming this fall: Girl Talk. Is there a young female in your life that would benefit from learning about self-esteem, healthy body image, healthy relationships, and more? Girl Talk is geared to young women aged 12-17 that would like to discuss and explore these topics in a safe and supportive environment. Small group discussion as well as hands on activities will provide a fun and informative experience that will help participants discover their unique gifts and help them succeed now and in the future. This group will run out of the Youth Centre on Monday afternoons. Call 780-504-5969 for more information.
Talk Club: This is an 8 week information and support group developed for kids aged 9-12 that have experienced some significant loss in their life, or are dealing with separation or divorce of their parents. Topics like dealing with change, facing our fears and worries along with handling anger are dealt with in an age appropriate and engaging manner. These groups are offered through J.E. la Pointe and Coloniale Schools. Dates of upcoming sessions are TBA. For more information about the sessions please call 780-504-5969.
FCSS Blog. Offers important information about a variety of upcoming events and ongoing programming delivered by the Town of Beaumont FCSS. Weekly updates include tips and suggestions to help make family life more enjoyable as well as providing photos and updates about fun events offered through the Town of Beaumont. Learn more about your local Family and Community Support Services Department and find important links to resources on line and within your community. Our web address is http://beaumontfcss.blogspot.com/
Monday, August 24, 2009
Looking for a quick getaway this weekend consider Drumhellar, and the Tyrell Museum of Palentology, Calgary and the Calgary Zoo, Banff, Jasper, or what about LacLabiche? Sometimes even an overnight getaway at the end of summer can leave you with memories that will last for weeks and months to come.
Not able to get away for an overnight trip? There are dozens of attractions right in the Edmonton area. Why not explore activities and attractions closer to home? Right in our own backyard there a variety of things to do that will be sure to please the whole family. Check out Muttart Conservatory, Telus World of Science, Fort Edmonton Park, John Janzen Nature Centre, Ukranian Cultural Centre , Reynold's Museum in Wetaskiwin, or check out the Edmonton Eskimos Football game this saturday.
If even these close to home adventures seem too adventurous why not focus on rest and relaxation in your own home? To help set the tone here are some ideas for creating a relaxing environment in your home. If you are feeling stressed out at home, here are some ways to create a stress free environment. And check out this link for some do it yourself at home spa tricks!
However you choose to spend the remaining days of this summer try to be in the moment and enjoy the warmth and relaxed pace that the summer season provides.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
On a more personal note...I just got back from a week of holidays and am getting out from under a pile of unanswered emails...telephone messages and dirty laundry! I'm back, and available via email or phone...so if you have questions about youth programming here in Beaumont...don't hesitate to contact me! Email: email@example.com and phone 780 504-5969.
So now for some summer camp resources if you are trying to fill in the last few weeks of summer holidays with some home grown fun. If you want to build a cool summer camp structure check this out: Now if you are looking for summer craft ideas...this website has lots of resources. This web-site has some great ideas for stay at home vacations that the whole family will enjoy.
Get out there and enjoy these wonderful summer days ahead!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
One way is to turn off our "hot" appliances! It sounds simple, but it's easy to forget that many household appliances create heat. Make sure you've unplugged all of your appliances that you aren't actually using. This can both save on your electric bill but also reduce the amount of heat generated inside the house.
Also, avoid using heat producers such as the oven and the dryer. Let the sun work for you--dry your clothes outside on the line. Ditch the blow dryer--find a simple hairstyle that'll look great without the hot air blast. With this warm weather, hair drys very quickly once you step out of the shower.
Place the oven on summer vacation--opt for raw foods or downsize to a toaster oven, or do your cooking outside on the grill.
Need to use a hot appliance? Close the door and switch the window fan to reverse mode to draw the hot air outside.
Hopefully these tips help to keep you cool...sounds like this "heat wave" is not going anywhere anytime soon! Have a great week!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
1. Take your camera (and take lots of photos, candids and those that are posed, get as many intergenerational photos as possible, they are worth pure gold down the road)
2. Take old photos, they can spark a conversation and help you connect with other people that might have new or different information from the person, place or event.
3. Have your contact information already written/printed out to make it easier to keep in touch with family members throughout the year!
4. If someone is compiling family information, buy the book/booklet that they are putting together. Family history and information can be facinating and links us to our past in a very unique way.
5. Show up with an empty stomach...there is always a TON of food!
Continue having a great summer and have fun at your next family reunion!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
On another note, the Parents Empowering Parents Society has launched a new web-site. Still at the same web-address, but it is completely updated and new. And what is really great...is it includes the information about the Beaumont meetings. So check out their web-site for meeting information and some great information in their Frequently Asked Question section. Have a great week! Woo hoo Summer is finally here!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
If anyone feels the need to connect with a helping professional know that the town of Beaumont FCSS department is available to provide support, information and referral if necessary to provide assistance during tragic times like this and throughout the year. For more information about the range of services that FCSS can help with, phone 780-929-9143.
As always, you are welcome to leave a comment here or to connect with me directly phone 780-504-5969. Linda
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Monday, May 4, 2009
However, in the wake of tragedies like the one from last weekend, when a 14 year old in Edmonton overdoses and passes away from the use of an illegal drug...it is difficult not to think about fixing the problems of youth. Communities will likely always require a range of services that include preventative, community development initiatives that focus on strength based strategies and those that deal with the issues of drug and alcohol abuse and law enforcement issues. Our hope here at FCSS is that more focus, effort, and resources channelled into those activities that are recognizing the pure potential of our young people will ultimately lessen our need for the more serious and sometimes tragic events like those we tend to hear about on the six o' clock news.
For more information about all FCSS programming here in the Town of Beaumont please contact my self (Linda Mix-Kondratski) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Williston at Kim.Williston@town.beaumont.ab.ca and have a great week!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I think, one great thing about snow, when we don't expect it is that is FORCES us to slow down. Not just in our driving, but also in the way it halts our natural tendancy to get so busy. If you don't have the energy, patience or where-with-all to get out and enjoy this unexpected snow fall...why not take the opportunity to enjoy the great INDOORS for the next few days.
Bring out a cool board game you haven't played for a while, start reading a new book as a family, rent and old movie, check out some new music on line, create a piece of artwork (see example of my 7 year old's collage above), or take this opportunity to connect with a friend or relative that you've been "too busy" to see or talk to.
So if you just can't handle getting out to enjoy this snow...stay indoors and use the opportunity to connect with family and/or friends in a new or old kind of way.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
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Monday, March 9, 2009
I was actually out playing in the snow yesterday. It sounded like a good idea, but when I actually got outside....wow! that wind was COLD! However, the fresh air did us all good and the hot chocolate when we came inside was a great way to warm up. So post an idea to deal with this cold snap or descibe a winter adventure and be eligible to win a great prize! Stay warm and stay safe and I'll talk to you in a few days!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Hope you are having a great Monday!