Announcing the Newest Member of Our Team!
With the growth that the Family & Youth Institute is experiencing, especially with increasing demand for our community education offerings, we are excited to welcome Sarrah AbuLughod aboard as our new Community Engagement Manager.
Sarrah was previously the Manager of Family Services with the Opportunity Scholarship Fund at the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation. Sarrah is also a known activist in her local Washington, D.C. community. She holds a Bachelors in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin and is currently pursuing her Masters in Christian-Muslim Relations and a certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy at the Hartford Seminary.
Sarrah will be focused on helping to grow, develop, and implement the FYI’s community education offerings in communities across North America. If you would like to know more about the variety of FYI's education offerings, please connect with Sarrah at
Friday Fun: Struggling to get your family to talk? Click here for some conversation starters: http://childhood101.com/2013/05/printable-conversation-cards/?utm_source=Childhood+101+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5d7af88f1b-March_3rd3_2_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_caf8084cd1-5d7af88f1b-328931089
What do you do if you love your partner, but you are no longer in love with your partner? Does the feeling of love transform or change over time? Read more:http://www.gottmanblog.com/archives/2014/11/18/the-3-phases-of-love
10 apps that may have dangerous consequences for your kids: http://www.foreverymom.com/parents-kids-10-dangerous-apps-time-hit-delete/#.VHmmhkOgOwY.facebook
Thinking of marriage? Consider using this list of questions to guide your discussions and determine long term compatibility: http://premarriagequestionnaire.com/
Monday morning humor: Need a pep talk to get you going this Monday morning? https://www.ted.com/talks/kid_president_i_think_we_all_need_a_pep_talk
Friday Fun: Build a robot with your child, sibling, or young person in your life: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/68530/16-robots-kids-can-actually-make
Sexual abuse is often not about sex, but about control and dominance. Sex, is often, merely an outlet that offenders are using to fill a perceived need. Although it may be hard to identify child predators, the following are some red flags to consider: http://themamabeareffect.org/1/post/2014/06/red-flags-of-child-predators.html
"Part of what complicates the process of teaching our kids to behave is that parents bring a lot of their own baggage to the table. Kids can be a big trigger of feelings from your childhood, feelings you aren't even aware of anymore." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-firestone/six-rules-to-live-by-when_b_6122850.html
Monday morning humor: Social media is a tool, not a replacement for building quality relationships http://www.glasbergen.com/wp-content/gallery/marriage/mar117.gif
Friday Fun: Does your child or someone you care for have special needs? Try these 11 Social Skills & Life Skills Apps to help build the skills to help strengthen bonding http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2011/02/23/11-social-skills-life-skills-apps-in-ipad-app-store/
Is your youth program “research-based?” Join this FREE webinar on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EST to learn how to better integrate research into your youth programming. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5191242259846620673
Parents may be concerned about the mental health impact of discrimination and racism. This article helps to identify potential issues your child may face and how to address them as a family #ChapelHillShooting http://www.kidshelp.com.au/grownups/news-research/hot-topics/cross-cultural-differences.php
The death of a loved is painful and people grieve differently. Some people will wear their emotions on their sleeve and be outwardly emotional while others will experience their grief more internally, and may not cry. Understand the differing stages of grief and loss in order to support your grieving process. http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-5-stages-of-loss-and-grief/000617
How succesful people handle toxic people http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141020140349-50578967-how-successful-people-handle-toxic-people
Spend more time earning a loving!
Friday Fun: Playing with Your Child: Games for Connection and Emotional Intelligence http://www.ahaparenting.com/Default.aspx?PageID=5981718&A=SearchResult&SearchID=8572046&ObjectID=5981718&ObjectType=1
" Perhaps more focus should be placed on the child versus the adult – on awakening motivations within the child – so that he/she seeks out the answers to questions that come from within." http://confessionsofamuslimmommaholic.com/2014/10/08/an-unconventional-approach-to-teaching-islamic-studies-part-ii-the-4-elements-every-muslim-child-needs-at-home-or-school/
Identify these 4 relationship warning signs and strengthen your marriage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o30Ps-_8is
Friday Fun: Life is stressful and can take a toll on your marriage. Take time to stop and reconnect on your journey together. Get 31 simple and easy date ideas for couples http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/31-cheap-and-fun-date-ideas-for-couples-2.html
The importance of being physically and emotionally connected with your spouse...Understanding the sex-starved marriage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep2MAx95m20
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What are our kids stressed about? http://blogs.psychcentral.com/stress-better/2014/11/the-1-thing-kids-want-when-theyre-stressed-out-infographic/
Are you or someone you know thinking about getting married? How do you know if you are marrying the right person? Read more for some helpful tips! http://marriage.about.com/od/choosingyourspouse/a/rightperson.htm