The Ally 3/10/21: Let's Celebrate Each of Us and All of Us, Every Day!
March is Women's History Month, and we began putting this edition of the Ally together on Monday, which was International Women's Day. When we discussed who it would be most appropriate to recognize for International Women's Day, we all agreed that it would be the women who are mothers who are part of Families as Allies - those of you who call us, who join us, who advocate tirelessly for your children - often while balancing so many other things as well.
We hear you. We see you. We are you. We are in this together and we honor you. We hope that you find some words of encouragement and support as you read through this week's Ally. I am especially touched that Nikki Flippins, who has been involved with Families as Allies for many years and also does some part time work with us, agreed to share some of her thoughts as a woman and mother. I think you will find her words moving as well.
Reflections from Joy Hogge during Womens History Month
I recently watched the movie Sunshine Cleaning. I was moved by it, but its an unusual movie and may not be to everyone's liking. It centers around a mom who starts a business to clean up crime scenes and other places where people have died.
We shared with you last month how appreciative we are that Wendy Bailey, the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, approached Families as Allies about working together to reestablish the Interagency Coordinating Council for Children and Youth (ICCCY).
Building Protective Factors to Buffer Stress and Promote Parent Well-being webinar hosted by the National Early Childhood Family Network in partnership with the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association.
COVID-19 has squashed travel plans and large group gatherings, but it doesn't mean you can't mentally escape for some fun with your family. Consider one of these safe staycation alternatives for kids of all ages.