Sesame Street Helps Military Families

SesameStreetMilitaryFamiliesAs a military member, you experience frequent change. Whether that is in the form of relocating to a new assignment, multiple deployments, or transitioning out of the service, these changes can be difficult on even the strongest member. If you have a family, it is important to remember that they too are affected by these changes.

In times of stress it is important to maintain everyday routines, keeping lines of communication open and reaching out for help if needed. These strategies will not only help the individual, your partner, but also your young family members.

Sesame Street has been committed to meet the needs of American military families for 11 years now. Recently they announced the release of Sesame Street for Military Families: Transitions. The Department of Defense (DoD) assisted the Sesame Workshop in conducting research on this effort by organizing focus groups with transitioning families in 2015 at installations across the nation. They were also informed by extensive research and recommendations from parents and caregivers plus child development and military advisers.

The Sesame Street for Military Families website offers materials to help parents and kids cope with the unique military lifestyle. Below are a small list of some resources that Sesame Street has made available, for FREE, featuring the characters your kids have come to love and materials for parents to help them cope.

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Lunch & Learn: Parenting Classes and Resources – 29 April

LunchLearn_2015-04_400Join us for a brief workshop during your lunch hour. Feel free to bring you own lunch, beverages will be provided.

This month’s topic will be parenting classes and resources available for FREE to the Ellsworth Community.

Open to anyone with base access. Please call 385-4663 to register!

Are You Tracking Santa This Year?

If you have little ones (or big ones) at home that will be looking for Santa this Christmas Eve, you can log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress through U.S. military radar.

NoradLogoNational Public Radio had a great story this morning on why for more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight. The children of Col. Harry Shoup, commander of the CONAD in 1955, talk about how their dad helped to create the U.S. military’s Santa Tracker.

Visit NPR.org via the link below to hear their story:

NORAD’s Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

FREE Parent University Workshop on Saturday, 27 September

ParentUniversityWorkshop_400Our partners at Youth & Family Services are offering a FREE Parent University Workshop on Saturday, September 27th from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM at General Beadle Community School in Rapid City.

This is the 20th year for the local adults only workshop. After a keynote speaker, they will be offering two breakout sessions with classes on topics such as:

  • Reclaiming the Teen Brain (ages 12-18)
  • Keeping Kids Safe (all ages)
  • Picking Your Battles (all ages)
  • Love and Logic Parenting (all ages)
  • Managing Difficult Behaviors in Young Children (ages 1-8 yrs)
  • Internet Safety (ages 9-18 yrs)
  • When the Worst Happens (all ages)

Check-in or registration begins at 8:00am and they will also offer a light breakfast at that time with Starbucks coffee and water provided. Download their flyer for more information.

No child care will be provided.