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Mother’s Day-Thank You

When I googled mother, the first definition that came up was “bring up (a child) with care and affection.” No mention of giving birth or gender, but rather reminding us the word “mother” embodies action. Mothers care, protect, unconditionally love and sacrifice. Mother’s give guidance, wisdom, and nurture.

We know many women identify themselves as childless. Some may have chosen not to have children for medical, family, career, or other reasons. Some may have wanted to have children but did not, despite their efforts, for many of the same reasons. For those that have longed to have children fill their homes, please know our wishes today are not intended to minimize your pain in any way.

We understand that for some, today may not be a “Happy” Mother’s Day. You may have lost a child or parent (physically or emotionally), and may be feeling sadness or grief. We walk beside you, with prayers for strength; hoping you can cherish your memories until you find joy again.

To all of you who are raising “your own” children or helping to raise everyone else’s….THANK YOU! For giving birth does not make someone a mother, but every child deserves to have one – and some children are blessed beyond measures to have more than one mother.

Give Big Kern Success!

On behalf of Learning Dynamics, Inc. we would like to send our sincerest thanks to all those who graced us with their generosity and giving spirit yesterday, during Give Big Kern. This was our first year participating in this 24-hour crowdfunding campaign involving Bakersfield non-profits. LDInc set a goal of raising $2,500 in donations, and we were able to surpass that with donations totaling $2,920! In addition, thanks to so many giving persons, LDInc placed in the top 10 (out of 90) organizations in the “Leaderboards,” in terms of highest numbers of donors!!!

For those who follow us on social media, you saw the plethora of posts and updates throughout the day and were hopefully inspired to donate and were also entertained. For those who are not yet following us, be sure to check out our social media pages for the full display of motivating, amusing, and creative posts. For those curious as to what the day entailed for the LDInc team, here are some highlights of the giving day:

– LDInc staff was up before the sun (5am!) at the downtown Bakersfield Liberty Bell, collaborating with other non-profits and community leaders, ringing in Give Big Kern day

-Throughout the day, LDInc staff worked diligently reaching out to potential donors, creating and posting social media content with updates, encouragement, and gratitude

-LDInc staff refueled at of some of our local favorite spots including Corner Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Flaming Skewers

-As the clock was winding down with less than 3 hours to go, a giving gladiator contacted LDInc and provided a $50 giving challenge. This provided a little extra motivation to push us to midnight and LDInc staff rose to the task by finding more than 4 new donors who donated at least $50 and nailed the giving challenge!

-At 11:59am, though fatigued from the long day, the team was celebrating and feeling so grateful for the amount of support and contributions that were humbly bestowed on LDInc. Our supporters are awesome!

As you can see, our first participation in Give Big Kern was a complete success! BUT, it would not have been possible without others. A most sincerest THANK YOU to everyone for their continued encouragement and support- whether it be through donations, motivation, and/or social media engagement. LDInc would not be possible without the generosity of our donors, kindness of our supporters, and business from our consumers. We will be putting the donations to great use- continuing to provide premier psychological and educational services to the under-served and in need!

With Blessings and Gratitude,

The LDInc Team

Expressing Emotions Activity for Young Children

Recently, it seems like there has been an increase in the number of parents that I have spoken to that have young children experiencing sadness, worry, and/or anger. While the details of each family’s story are different, many of these parents were unsure of how to talk about their child’s emotions with them.

There are many ways to talk with a child about their emotions. I have found the more engaging the and fun the process can be, the better. Just like adults, children do not always stop to think about what they are feeling. They may know they do not like what they are feeling, but not know exactly how to communicate their experience beyond that.

Below are two worksheets, one is more geared towards anger, and the other sadness or worry. These worksheets create an opportunity for children to think about what it feels like in their body when they are experiencing sadness, anger, and/or worry. This information can be helpful to both the child and their caregivers. Caregivers may also choose to share their experiences with these emotions with their child. This can help the child to see an example of how to talk about their feelings. It can also help them to feel less alone; seeing that they are not the only person that feels this way.

For young children that do not yet write, they can draw pictures in response to the prompts read or a parent can write in the responses the child tells them. Children that enjoy coloring, tend to be even more conversational when they color as they respond; or get to color when they are done. For children that do not like to color, make sure they know up front they do not have to color the picture.

What…Feels Like to Me (anger)

What…Feels Like to Me (worry/sad)

Like the clip art used in these worksheets? They are from Rossy’s Jungle

Give Big Kern- Only 7 Days Left!

Give Big Kern is in 1 WEEK! Please join us and the giving spirit of the Kern County community as we join together to raise money. Give Big Kern is a one day event (but you can give all month long!) in which nonprofit agencies collaborate in a 24-hour crowd-funding campaign.

Curious as to what your donations* will provide at our agency? Here is a snapshot of the difference you can make with a quick and easy contribution:
• Only $10 can provide a weekend outing for a child with Autism in our Butterfly Bootcamp program
• Just $30 can provide a MONTH supply of clinical materials for a College Connections student (that’s only $1/day!)
• Only $75 can provide a full counseling session for a child/adult that is un- or under-insured
• Just $100 can provide a MONTH of parent training sessions for two caregivers

Please join us in our efforts to make psychological and educational services affordable and available to all! Make your donation here: https://www.givebigkern.org/organizations/learning-dynamics-inc

*ALL donations go directly to provision of programs and services

Earth Day: FREE Park Admission

We have over 400 national parks to enjoy in our country. It is National Park Week and today is Earth Day! Today and tomorrow, 117 of these parks across the country that normally charge an entrance fee ranging from $5-$30, are offering FREE admission to everyone! Visit the National Park Service website and find a participating park near you.

Whether you can make it this weekend or not, there are additional days this year to enjoy free admission:

August 25: National Park Service Birthday

September 30: National Public Lands Day

November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Looking for more ideas for Earth Day? Here are 5 simple and fun Earth Day activities posted yesterday.