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How Curiosity Can Help Identify Emotional Struggles in Children

Now that school has started, you and your child(ren) may be getting into the routine and finding what works for you. Or it may still be extremely difficult or draining, and that’s perfectly normal as well. Between the additional screen time due to virtual learning and the added stress of following a structured routine again, you may be noticing a change in your child’s behaviors and/or attitude.

A New Learning Environment: Supporting Kids During Isolation

COVID-19 has changed and disrupted the routines of many families in our community. Now that school is starting, most were probably hoping for some semblance of normalcy to return. But depending on what district your child attends, you will again have to readjust your daily habits to account for virtual or hybrid learning.

Short Stay, Big Impact: The Difference 72 Hours Can Make

Each year, the staff at Robert’s Place care for nearly 500 kids. While the children may only spend about 72 hours at Robert’s Place, the staff work to make each of those hours count. They want each child to know they are surrounded by adults who want the best for them.

Robert's Place Celebrates 5 Years of Giving Kids a Place to Be Safe

For the past five years, Robert’s Place has been providing a safe place for children who are in crisis. Some of these children may have been removed from their home because of suspicions of abuse or neglect, they might have run away, or they might be experiencing a crisis at home. Robert’s Place provides temporary, emergency shelter for children in these types of situations. Since opening in August 2015, Robert’s Place has served more than 2,000 children in crisis.

Finding Community: Parent Support Group Takes on New Meaning during Pandemic

“Basically, they share the good, the bad and the ugly about being a parent.”

The PACES Parent Support Group has taken on a new importance for local parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vicki Johnson, Parent and Community Educator at PACES, facilitates the meetings alongside Carrie Owen, Parent Support Specialist. Johnson says that when the pandemic began affecting Kansas City, she recognized a need to give parents a space where they could talk about issues related to coronavirus.

Managing Your Mental Health During the "Return to Work" Phase

As social distancing restrictions begin to lift around our community, many of us will experience a wide range of emotions about the change in routine. It may seem odd that returning to “normal” could elicit uncomfortable emotions, but after almost 10 weeks sheltering in place, with just your immediate household for companionship, the change of pace may not feel as welcoming as you expected.

Tips for Parents of Bullied Children

Derek Dean - PACES

More than 20 percent of all students report being bullied. Yet many of us as parents or caregivers might not know what to do when our children are bullied. Some of us may underreact, thinking children must learn to fend for themselves. Some of us may overreact, believing that the bully deserves some kind of revenge. 

Working with Schools to Promote Strong Mental Health

As Wyandotte County’s community mental health center for children, PACES provide care and treatment wherever it works best for the child. That often means going to where most children spend half the year: in school. 

PACES therapist: The gift of watching a mom and daughter begin to thrive

Earlier this year, PACES therapist Samantha Underwood received a call from an overwhelmed single mother...