Being surrounded by encouraging friends, relatives, and neighbors not only helps relieve parents’ stress, but also benefits their children. Because many parents deal with childcare on a daily basis, it is important that this setting be particularly vigilant in promoting social support.

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Families all over Memphis will soon be inviting people to join them for special meals, for parties and celebrations, and for gift-giving. It’s the season when nothing seems more important than friends and families engaging in holiday and cultural traditions that remind us of who we are, how we belong, and what we mean to each other.

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The approaching holiday season will bring opportunities to reconnect with friends and family and be reminded of their importance in our lives. The holidays can also be a time of increased stress as parents try to make child care arrangements during school break and stretch the family budget to pay for presents and parties.

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October is not only the month we celebrate Halloween; it is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Trick or treat means little to Memphis children being raised in families with domestic violence. A cruel trick of birth has placed them in home environments where they must face the effects of anger, violence, and toxic stress.

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The season for candy, costumes, and trick-or-treating is upon us! While this is a time for imagination and tradition, if you have young children this holiday, it may be a good idea to reevaluate your standard Halloween expectations in order for the littlest ones in your crew to enjoy the experience, too.

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Witnessing verbal aggression between caregivers — like threats and hostile remarks — may be just as harmful to a child as witnessing physical violence. New research tells us that witnessing verbal aggression may be just as harmful to a child’s development. In fact, it might even be more destructive. If you think a child is safe because she hasn’t witnessed physical violence, think again.

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