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Fostering Resilience in Children

June 24th, 2011

For any of us who have spent time around children, we can all agree that children have an uncanny ability to bounce back despite hardships. For many years the topic of resilience in children has been discussed  by youth service workers, psychologists, and researchers  as a solution to many of the common (or not so common) problems children encounter every day. But what does this mean?

We all have built-in coping skills. Think of how you perform in times of pressure, or how you wind down after a hard day at school or work…These are ways that you cope with life’s stresses. The challenge as you get older is a collective consciousness about stress and hardships and how to deal with them. Adults and older youths also have more stressors: from relationships, to finances, to work-related stress.

Fortunately children do not have many of the stressors adults and older youths deal with on a daily basis. This is why fostering resilience in children during the early stages of life is crucial. When children learn ways to cope with life’s challenges, this will only put them in a greater position to respond well under pressure as adults.

This week we have been tweeting tips that children and teens can use to handle those challenging situations. Here are 5 of the tips we shared this week:

  1. Get Together – Talk with your friends, parents and family about some of the challenges you are experiencing. Utilize the life experience that other people have so you can gain a clearer perspective about what is going on around you, and use those people for support – a shoulder to cry on, perhaps – during difficult times. Become part of a community – church or school group – for an even greater support network.
  2. Cut Yourself Some Slack – Stresses tend to compound, and the more you let stress build, they will play a greater impact on how you feel. Go easy on yourself, and your friends, when something bad happens.
  3. Create a Hassle-Free Zone – It is important to have a personal retreat for yourself when things are tough. This should be a space where you can feel at peace and comfortable. At the same time, remember that your support network wants to be there for you during tough times, so be open to letting them in.
  4. Stick to the Program – Consistency is key when dealing with stress. There are also many opportunities for you to try new things – both positive and negative. When times are tough, stick to what you know – whether it’s getting a cup of coffee with friends or reading a book before bed – because routines can give you comfort.
  5. Take Care of Yourself – Be sure to take care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. And get enough sleep at night. When you are sharp, you will respond better during times of stress.

Of course, there are many ways to take care of yourself – and encourage others to take care of themselves – so be creative in finding those ways to deal with stressful situations. Next week we will continue this topic and discuss several other strategies. If you have your own strategies, share them with us because surely they will be helpful for others!

Celebrating Fathers

June 17th, 2011

With Father’s Day just two days away, and being a first year father myself, I’ve been thinking about the important role dad’s play on the development of their children.

There are measurable differences between children who are raised in homes with a father and those raised in homes without a father. These children exhibit different levels of self worth, social competence, and the likelihood to use drugs – to name a few. The fact of the matter is an active father enables his children to increase social competencies and decrease negative behaviors.

This weekend as you celebrate Father’s Day – whether as a father, a mother or a child – realize how important fathers are in the lives of their children and be proud of the important role you play.

Happy Father’s Day!

Sagebrush Community Challenge

June 9th, 2011

Deschutes Children’s Foundation is excited to be a part of the Sagebrush Community Challenge Fundraising Campaign. Every dollar that you donate to Deschutes Children’s Foundation through Sagebrush will receive a matching gift through the Sagebrush Community Challenge Match Fund. You have until August 15, 2011 to donate to the Sagebrush Community Challenge Fundraising Campaign. Please visit www.sagebrush.org to make a donation today!

The Sagebrush Community Challenge events will begin in Bend, Oregon on July 9. Here is some additional information about ways you can participate. Proceeds from these events will go into the Sagebrush Community Challenge Match Fund:

Saturday, July 9

Wednesday, July 13

Thursday, July 14

Friday, July 15

Saturday, July 16

For more information about supporting Deschutes Children’s Foundation and Sagebrush, visit www.deschuteschildrensfoundation.org or call 541-388-3101

19th Annual Art & Wine Auction an Extraordinary Success!

June 2nd, 2011

The 19th Annual Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art & Wine Auction – held Friday, May 20 at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon – was an extraordinary success. The event netted over $95,000, a total including sponsorships and revenue raised at the auction. On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of Deschutes Children’s Foundation, thank you for your support in making this success possible!

The silent auction featured 90 individual items and packages, and the live auction featured 30 items – all donated by local artists, businesses and individuals. This many items were necessary to provide a wide enough variety for a sold out crowd of 330 guests! All of the guests had the opportunity to sample beverages from Deschutes Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Oregon Spirit Distillers, Henry Estates Winery, Southern Wine Group & Willamette Valley Vineyards, and the chefs at the Riverhouse Convention Center outdid themselves this year by preparing an elegant meal paired with wine from Sokol Blosser Winery. Needless to say, our guests left satisfied not just because of the feast and fun, but because they were spending an evening supporting Deschutes Children’s Foundation.

The Art & Wine Auction is Deschutes Children’s Foundation’s largest annual fund raiser. The dollars raise at the Art & Wine Auction go directly towards operational costs that manage four community campuses in Bend, Redmond & La Pine, and provide rent-free facilities for 27 Deschutes County non-profit programs that include: FAN, KIDS Center, Head Start, Healthy Beginnings, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery & Saving Grace. Deschutes Children’s Foundation saves these programs an estimated $800,000 annually. Close collaboration with a synergistic mix of programs housed together fosters effective, efficient, easy to find and child-friendly facilities.

Next year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Art & Wine Auction. Keep posted as we are currently deciding on a date for this landmark event. This will surely be an event not to be missed!

Thank you to our sponsors, including: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Selco Community Credit Union, Les Schwab Tire Centers, 105.7 KQAK FM, News Radio Central Oregon 1340 KBNW, Cascade Publications, KOHD, Bend Bulletin, BendBroadband & Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center.