Parenting Moments
presented by Healthier Urban Families at Wayne State University
FEBRUARY 2021
This is the shortest month of the year but so much is going on. Many school districts are returning to some form of in-person learning and that brings adjustments. Covid vaccinations have also started. While it is each family’s decision to vaccinate or not, I will say that it is crucial that you make your decision based on facts rather than fear and rumors. Covid 19 has touched so many of our lives and has had a devastating effect on Black and Brown communities. Please make an informed decision.  I have included information from the CDC and from the State of Michigan. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor and discuss your concerns.

February is Black History Month, and while we want to observe it throughout the year, there are some special events going on this month that you will want to take advantage of. I have also included a Power Point from June called The Power of Parents that reminds us of the importance of instilling racial pride in our children.  

Last but not least, Valentine’s Day is this month and what immediately comes to mind is how very challenging this year has been for parents.   I encourage you to look at the Power Point about Self Love and Parenting and see if you recognize yourself.  All too often we become so invested in meeting everyone else’s needs, that we forget to love and replenish ourselves.  Take some time to reconnect with your wants and needs and make a plan for putting a little more joy into your days.  
Acknowledge
Celebrate Black History Month
Check out the month-long events at our very own Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and schedule a virtual tour.
Also, please see the NAACP suggestions for 28 ways to celebrate!
Self Love and Parenting
A Vital Part of Parenting
by Weathington, LMSW, Healthier Urban Families
The Power of Parents: Promoting Positive Racial Identity in Black Children
by Weathington, LMSW, Healthier Urban Families
Observe
Begin Your Family History Journey
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture invites you to engage with digital resources to preserve, digitize and share African American family history.
Unique Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Don’t overlook these five ways that you can celebrate, including supporting Black businesses.
Celebrate Valentine's Day as a Family :)
Vaccines
COVID-19 Vaccine
Questions & Answers
Where to Get the Vaccine
Parenting Young Children Check-Up Program
Online Survey for Parents and their 10-17 year-olds Living in Metro Detroit about the Things they Experience
Survey for anyone 18 years or older suffering from migraines
Research is critical to understanding why African Americans are at much higher risk of developing certain diseases, and why these diseases have a greater impact on their health and longevity. If you are 65 years of age or older and agree, please join the Healthier Black Elders Center Participant Resource Pool (PRP) to volunteer for research.
Take good care. We'll be back soon with more Parenting Moments