CASY Family Newsletter

April 2021

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Summer Safety - May 13th at 2pm

As the weather warms up and we head into the summer, more time will be spent outside enjoying the sun. Whether you are traveling somewhere new or staying home for the summer, we want to make sure we all stay safe and healthy. Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we discuss ways to keep kids safe while they have fun.

Register here.

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Car Seat Safety

CASY's Certified Car Seat Technicians, Charla Cline and Sara Schultz, shared car seat safety tips during this special family webinar. Watch the recording to increase your knowledge on how to keep your children safe in car seats and learn how a properly installed car seat can reduce the risk of death by up to 71%.

Click here to view the recording.

Preventing Child Abuse: Knowing the Signs

Every parent should know how to identify possible signs of child abuse and what to do if he or she suspects abuse has occurred. View this recording, presented by Elisa Worland, licensed social worker and health & human sciences educator, to learn how to protect and support your child.

Click here to view the recording.

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Ten Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse

Have you ever found yourself thinking about the ways in which you can make a difference in a child’s life? Here is a list of ten ways to help prevent child abuse that are simple, every day actions that can make a big impact.
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Siblings Perspectives: Some Guidelines for Parents

Each family is unique. There are various family structures such as single parents, multi-generational households, and households with other significant stressors including more than one member with a disability. Each family has its own beliefs, values, and needs. Regardless of family circumstances, the suggestions for parents discussed here should be viewed as supportive strategies that can be considered to assist siblings in coping with having a brother or sister with an autism spectrum disorder.
Supporting Children with Autism: Five Things You Can Do

Here are some ways you can support little learners with autism in Indiana.

Celebrate Week of the Young Child April 10th - 16th

Gardening With Kids: How It Affects Your Child's Brain, Body and Soul

For parents struggling to find ways to encourage their kids to eat a healthy and balanced diet, gardening can be an important tool. Don’t let the idea overwhelm you. Gardening doesn’t require a perfectly level, large or sunny backyard. Try planting in a small raised bed or growing a few edibles in existing landscaping. Lean a trellis against an outside wall to grow beans or other edible vines. If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, a few containers and soil in a sunny spot can be an easy way to grow herbs or some sweet cherry tomatoes that kids won’t be able to resist. Plants like zucchini, radishes and herbs are fairly easy to grow without a lot of fuss, making them a great return on your investment. The much bigger return is how planting a garden can affect not only your child’s body but also their brain and soul. Learn more here.

8 Ways to Get Picky Eaters to Become More Adventurous

Getting kids to eat new foods sounds simple enough ("just take one bite"). But parents and caretakers know that for many children, new foods — with their new appearances, smells, tastes, textures, temperatures and names — can be scary.

How can you develop positive relationships with food instead of mealtime battles? Try these eight fun tips to lay a foundation for stress-free, adventurous eating habits before the first bite.

Ideas for Successful Toilet Learning

Teaching your child to use the toilet is an exciting milestone for both parents and children. Methods of supporting children in this endeavor vary among families and cultures. No matter what specific strategies you decide to use, cheerfulness, words of encouragement, and patience from you will foster success. Find more information and tips here.

Talking to Kids About Money

Starting early helps children develop good habits like setting limits on spending and resisting impulse buys

From starting a piggy bank to sending your kid off to college with a credit card, helping kids learn healthy habits around money can take a lot of work — and patience.

But teaching children to be financially responsible early on will help them cope with challenges like setting limits, planning a budget and resisting impulse buys. There are a lot of different ways to help kids get smart about spending, but here you'll find some basics to help parents get started.

Parenting Tips from the Pros: How to Teach Children Not to Lie

Do you want a teen who lies, deceives, and sneaks behind your back to get what they want? No, you probably don’t. Lying is a habit that starts when they are young. Then, by the time they have become teenagers, they would be proficient in lying because of years of practice. It is far better to teach children not to lie and instill in them the habit of honesty while they are young. Their character is dependent on their ability to be transparent, honest, and an unwillingness to bend the truth. Lying is a habit, as is honesty.

Click here for some tips on how to teach children not to lie and hopefully, prevent your child from developing deceptive behaviors.

What's the Weather Today?

Build weather (and science) skills through daily chats. When you leave the house each day, ask your child about what they observe. “The wind is strong today it is blowing the plants around.” or “Did you see the leaves are changing color now that it is colder outside?” Up your child’s weather skills with journaling where you draw or write words together about what you see. Who knows? Maybe you’re raising a meteorologist?!

For personalized support in finding a child care program that best meets the needs of your family, contact CASY, Child Care Resource and Referral, Family Engagement Specialists at 800-886-3952 and choose option 2.

You can also complete the referral request form by clicking here.

Our Family Engagement Specialists will follow up with you by the next business day when you submit the online form.