Earth day is tomorrow! Here are 5 simple and fun Earth Day activities to spend the day enjoying and supporting our wonderful planet:
If you follow LDInc on social media you might have noticed our inclusion of #HEAL on every post after our agency hashtag (#LDInc). Here’s a little insight into its meaning- #HEAL is an acronym for Hope, Empower, Achieve, and Learn- pillars of our agency’s mission and values.
Our agency aims to instill and encourage hope in everyone we serve. We strongly believe that hope is instrumental to the work we do. We want to inspire our clients to maintain hope in all situations- hope that they can instill change; hope that they can be, do, and feel better; and hope that they can reach their goals.
We want to empower each and every person who walks through our doors. Empowerment means that each person believes that they have the competency, capability, and strength to enact the necessary changes to improve the themselves and their relationships.
Success for us, is helping our clients to achieve the goals they set for themselves. As much as someone may want to reach their goals, we know there are times when their energy may be limited. We partner with our clients; working tirelessly to match their efforts, and provide them with emotional and tangible resources, to help them meet and exceed the goals they set for themselves.
Learning is a never-ending journey, that is energized through the sharing of knowledge between our staff, clients, and community members. As an agency, we strive to continue learning and developing, as individuals and as a team. Our aim is to continuously seek out knowledge, resources, and strategies to strengthen our ability to effectively serve others. We use this as a tool to promote the well-being of others and disseminate helpful information throughout the community.
It is our “HOPE” that we are able to “EMPOWER” others to “ACHIEVE” their goals when they “LEARN” new ways of thinking and doing, that are personally meaningful and culturally-harmonious.
We are faithful that the confidence gained will inspire them to share their talents and skills with others, so one day we are all able to #HEAL.
Every child should feel safe and experience a childhood that is free of abuse and neglect. While that is not the case today, we have the opportunity to work towards a better tomorrow where this is our reality. April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Let us take this opportunity to remember that that we can make a difference in the lives of children across this country.
We may think that child abuse does not affect the children in our family or the families of those we know. Statistically, everyone that thinks this cannot be right. Every day, five children in the United States die because of child abuse1. Sadly, almost 80% of these cases involve at least one parent1.
Whether we are providing prevention or intervention, our efforts can make a big difference in the lives of children today, and the families they grow up to have tomorrow. Fostering healthy parenting and positive family interactions within our own families, and those of our family and friends, is an excellent place to start. Need some ideas? The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services put together a great list of 10 things that we can do to help prevent child abuse2.
When Sara started working with us, she had not attended school in over two weeks, due to her anxiety. Her parents tried everything they could think of, but she would either hide in the bathroom or attempt to leave the school grounds. We worked together with Sara and her parents, and were all so proud when she was willingly attending school for a full day. We were excited to hear that she has not only continued to attend school, but she successfully spoke in front of her class for an assignment. Well done Sara!
Reading with children has been shown to have many benefits including expanding vocabulary, increasing attention, improving logic and reasoning, and can also help strengthen relationships and foster communication between caregiver and children. Spending just a few minutes of quality time (QT) reading with a child can make a world of difference. Often, caregivers say that their children “don’t like to read,” “it’s a struggle” to get children to read outside of school materials, or that children prefer “screen time.” There are different strategies and approaches that can help make reading fun and strengthen the caregiver-child bond. Kids can learn reading is fun and positive! This will help avoid any resistance or aversion to reading. Here are some strategies that can be helpful: