There are times when things go wrong in
our lives. We feel that the ground is shifting under our feet. We can't find a limb to hold on too. We feel as if we are drowning. It is at this time we must rely on our inner
strength. We have to do some positive self-talk. We have to keep some nuggets in our pockets to
pull out when the struggle become overwhelming.
I am Sam
It can get a little boring to go to school virtually. What a real treat to have an older child read to younger children. This is a great opportunity to engage diverse age children in an after school activity that will give both ages an opportunity to read and entertain. The goal is to find a book that will appeal to a young audience. Use animation as the book is being read. Do show pictures. Allow the listeners to ask questions or to digest the material being read.
Against the Odds Scholarship Recipient
You can make it if you try!
We are pleased to award Malachi Swindler a Scholarship to apply towards
his academics at North Carolina A&T State University. He is all settled in at college and working
towards an Engineering Degree.
We have watched Malachi’s journey, provided mentoring
services, supported him with referrals when needed and has been his biggest
cheerleader. What makes this award so special is that he became known to us as a boy who wanted direction and sort
out help from two partners with Pitt County Family Development Corp.
It's All About Attitude! Let us work on our ABC’s
Attitude and Behavior Challenge us to be our best self.
Merriam Webster defines attitude, behavior and challenge in the following way:
settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something,
typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior.
is the way
in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially toward others.
A Challenge is something that puts you to the test —
like standing up for oneself.
You were made to sparkle. So encourage yourself. Positive self talk can go a long way.
You are not the only fish in the sea traveling upstream. You can stand out by being you. The trick is to find your stride, put one arm in front of you and sail with the school of fish. Remember, you are not alone.
Here are some quotes to get you sailing:
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times,
if one only remembers to turn on the light.”– J.K. Rowling
Discipline, A Parent Super Power
Parents, students and school personnel survived the first week of school. Congratulations to all of you.
To the parents who opted to do virtual learning this semester, discipline is going to be your super power. So what is discipline? Getting up on time, have breakfast, get school dressed, have homework done and play attention as if your child was in class physically. Parents must take the lead in this type of discipline. If children think they can negotiate with their parents to not complete assignments, not log on to their class or decide to play electronic games, you are losing.
The Woodson Center
Pitt County Family Development Corporation, Inc., is proud to be a part of this organization. The Woodson Center works with nonprofits to empower leaders through resources, to access funding, provide leadership development training and technical assistance to uplift neighborhoods.
It is exciting to come together via Zoom to talk with other nonprofits and to hear about programs and projects they are undertaking. It is through this type of engagement that nonprofits feel inspired rather than feeling they are alone with the needs being so great.
It's School Time! Make it a SAFE Year.
Parents it is time to send your children back to school. This year is going to be different than ever before. Students will have anxieties about classes, meeting new classmates, additionally this year safety is at the forefront. Begin talking with your children about hygiene issues. Of course bathing, fresh clothing, brushing teeth and now doing The Five. These five behaviors can keep your child safe.
In school, students practice fire drills. These exercises help children get out of dangerous environments. At home, practice The Five: Wash your hands, cough into your elbow, Don't touch your face, stay 6 feet apart and if your child is feeling sick, please keep them home.
Etiquette: Zoom meetings
As we turn to video conferencing more, there
are some ground rules and etiquette we should adhere to.
Dress for the job you have, not the job you
want. Do not wear your pajamas.
When you are participating on a Zoom platform, put on
Stage your video area.
Keep in mind that people do not just see you, they
are also seeing whatever the camera is pointed at behind you. Maybe arrange it
so that your camera is not facing towards a pile of unfolded laundry?
Take Care of Yourself
July is Mental Health Awareness Month.
We know that there are times when we are just not okay. Please know that it's normal and it's okay. We need to learn how to take care of ourselves, reach out to professionals if need be.
Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., states that It’s so important to make sure you take good
care of your body, mind, and soul every day, not just when you get sick.
Learning how to eat right, reduce stress, exercise
regularly, and take a time-out when you need it are touchstones of
self-care and can help you stay healthy, happy, and