by Martine Bacci-Siegel February is the month of love. It isn’t just about cards, flowers and chocolate. Recent national studies affirm the importance of love and caring in families. Research shows that expressions of affection toward children reduce problem behaviors and enhance children's development. Love is the single most important principle of parenting. If children … Continue reading Expressions Of Affection
by Martine Bacci Siegel As we prepare to celebrate Sanctity of Life Sunday on January 22 now might be a good time to find ways to talk with your children about the sanctity of life. Here are some helpful ideas to get you started. For pre-school children Using bubble solution, blow bubbles into the air … Continue reading Teaching Our Children The Sanctity Of Life . . .
by Martine Bacci Siegel The holidays offer plenty of reasons to be stressed out and anxious -- the gifts you haven’t wrapped, the pile of cookie exchange invites, the office parties. But for many, the biggest source of holiday stress is family -- the family dinner, the obligations, and the burden of family tradition. And … Continue reading Holiday Stress!
by Martine Bacci-Siegel I wish to give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of your wonderful deeds. – Psalm 9:1 It is our human nature to dwell on the negative. This tendency is called the “negativity bias,” or the propensity to focus on problems, annoyances, and injustices in our … Continue reading “Gratitude And Giving Thanks . . .”
by Martine Bacci-Siegel A great way to teach our children about respect for creation is through animals. Scott Huntington is a writer for the Oxford University Press as well as a middle school Sunday school teacher. He offers these tips when teaching through animals. Acquaint them with animals. More specifically, get them used to being … Continue reading Respecting The Life Of Creation . . .
by Martine Bacci Siegel The return to school is an exciting time for most, but for some it simply serves as a short respite from abuse at home. Listed here are some behaviors school staff should be on the lookout for as they could be an indicator of a more serious problem. Remember, the Commonwealth … Continue reading “Protecting Our Children”
Do you know the number of deaths in Kentucky each year from heroin and opiate overdoses? Did you know that both the equipment and training to save the life on an overdose victim are available for FREE? The Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition is a statewide organization whose mission is to reduce substance addiction overdoses and … Continue reading Overdose Help . . . FREE Naloxone Kits With Training, June 26, 2017
by Martine Bacci-Siegel Mother’s Day should be a joyful celebration, and our mothers deserve a special day. But what about the day after Mother’s Day? And the 363 days after that? What can neuroscience teach us about how to celebrate and treat our mothers every day? While psychiatry and neuroscience are incredibly complex fields, some … Continue reading “How Almost Everything About Your Mother Comes Down to Neurochemicals”
by Martine Siegel April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. Child abuse and neglect are significant public health problems in the United States and Kentucky is a mandatory reporting state. According to child protective service agencies, about 702,000 children were substantiated victims of child abuse or neglect in 2014. Self-reported data consistently show that more … Continue reading “Report Child Abuse”
by Deacon Stephen Bowling As our Lenten observance this year comes to a close, I cannot help but feel a sense of trepidation. I know the stories we will relive in the coming days. The Passion itself looms large in my mind and I cannot help but face it like Jesus surely did . . … Continue reading “Alleviating that Sense of Dread . . .”