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The Parents Project is real thing that is really happening.
AKA, the site is up!

Our first handful of posts and our brand new design just went live moments ago - and we are so excited to share it with you all! We will be working over the next few months (and then to infinity and beyond!) to continue to build the essays, advice, stories, and more, and to work out any and all of the tiny bugs that will arise in these first few weeks.
We cannot thank all of you enough for supporting us and helping us begin this resource for so many parents who need guidance and support. 
Stay tuned as we add many new resources, and follow us on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram!!

I’ve seen some of the material that’s on the site, and think it’s a helpful tool to have on hand for parents, youth, and other involved adults alike.

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Anonymous asked: What exactly is a community based therapist?

Community-based therapists are based in the community as opposed to specifically a school — so, in clinics, homes, hospitals, or other community settings.  They’ve governed by state or federal guidelines that focus on broad medical need for someone to function at home or in the community, whereas school services are appropriated based on functioning specifically in school and guided by a different set of laws and guidelines. 

My position is referred to by some organizations or guidelines as “in-home” or “home-based” therapist, but I work with children in families in whatever settings in which the family and kiddos state they need assistance.  I’ve worked with children and families in their homes, in schools, in a shelter setting, in afterschool settings, in day cares, even on community outings to stores or activities.

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saturdaysundowns asked: May I ask what this bit on your last post means? "(And if you’re looking to apply, PLEASE come join our ranks.)" I was not aware that there was some kind of shortage of community based therapists and the prospect is exciting if that is what is being implied.

Job outlooks in general for a variety of counseling careers are expected to grow faster than average.  In particular, there are many states that provide an array of home-based counseling services for children and families, not through DCF caseworkers but through Medicaid.  My understanding is that (similar to some caseworker positions through DCF, especially involving home visits) there tends to be a consistently high need due in part to a high turnover rate and in part due, thankfully, to continuing expansion of availability of these services.  Organizations in our area have frequently had to create waitlists as they expand staff to take on more cases.

I hope that helps!  I’d be happy to talk more about it if you have more questions.

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shitmystudentssayesl reblogged your post I said I wasn’t going to, but then I d… and added:

Excuse me what is your job? Also, where can I apply?

I work with kids who have problems too big for office-based therapy alone.  This is something I did purely for my own entertainment that just happened to be a big hit with the family I used it with, too!  On some days I’m doing therapeutic crafts or talking and other days I’m getting sworn at, told to die and/or being directly threatened with physical harm, or watching kids and adults alike fall apart at the seams.

I’m a community-based therapist and I wouldn’t change a thing other than the fact that I’m needed at all.

(And if you’re looking to apply, PLEASE come join our ranks.)

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Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign

Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at

Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.

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So hey, #education…

I’ve been lucky enough to have libraries, even if they were little more than a closet full of books, in all the schools I’ve worked with or in over the last few years. In my opinion they’re nothing less than essential to students’ ability to learn freely.

Also, all of these are very cute, which is a fun bonus for scholastic fashionist@s.

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I said I wasn’t going to, but then I discreetly sharpied names on the inside of 18 plastic eggs.

I had to call reinforcements to come up with more.  Mostly my parents, plus some friendly punmasters and other such beloved doofuses like myself.

Egg-gar, Eggwin, Eggwina, Scramblella, Shelldon, Shelly, Pegg, Megg, Gregg, Eggbert, Leggolas, Eggster, Fry, Chicky, Leggo, Humpty-Dumpty, Sunny, and Bob.

Every time I hit Bob I laugh until I’m in tears.  Because this is work and I’m an adult.

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Seasonal Activity: Feelings Egg Hunt


This one is going up a little late, but all it takes it a trip to the dollar store and about fifteen minutes to set up.  This activity is not age-limited — it can be adjusted by adding pictures or more complex feelings, or even by giving scenarios instead of feelings and having kids talk about them in reverse.  It’s not only good for socioemotional learning for therapists, counselors, or teachers, but could also be used as a creative writing activity (or art if you’re working on drawing expressions, body language, etc).

What You’ll Need

  • Plastic eggs, available at most stores for cheap (mine are from Dollar Tree, tiny plain ones in a 24-pack and the larger patterened ones in what I think was a 12-pack but a few were lost in my car)
  • Paper strips (above are cut-up index cards for durability)
  • List of feeling words (balanced between + and - is best)
  • Baskets or other containers for collection (optional)

Print and paste or handwrite feeling words (and faces, if necessary, or possible scenarios for higher-level activity) onto strips.  Fold up strips and place in eggs.

If weather permits, this is a great outdoors activity — unfortunately, today it’s raining and we’ll be doing it indoors instead.  Explain to your kids (students, clients, etc., and guardians if applicable) that you’re going on an egg hunt, and (if appropriate — i.e. if they’ll understand that it’s a game rather than reality) these eggs, just like them, have feelings that they’ll be able to relate to.

Depending on your kids, you may want to give a limit (everyone try to find five, etc.) to be sure it’s more or less even.

When everyone has collected their eggs, sit in a circle and have each participant open one egg and read what the egg is feeling.  Have the participant respond, “I’ve felt like that too!  I felt ___ when…” and give an example of a time when they felt the same way. (If doing the higher-level activity, have participants instead read the scenario their egg is in, state how they think they would feel if they were the egg, and brainstorm some ways to respond; this can also be a group activity.)  Continue until nobody has any eggs left.

Close out the activity by asking participants which egg was the most challenging, and which was their favorite. In a formal setting the latter could be done with a coloring activity and/or augmented by having participants create their own egg with a feeling and a scenario.

If you want to be really goofy about it, I would absolutely give every single egg a ridiculous egg-themed name, whether on the paper slip or in marker on the outside. If I didn’t have to reuse mine, the sharpie would be coming out to label Eggbert, Eggwina, Shelldon, Shelly, etc… On a serious note, adding a name adds an additional supportive, scripted conversation piece — “It’s okay, Fry, I feel that way sometimes, too.  Once time…” “That’s awesome, Scrambella!  I…”

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  • it’s funny because it’s called the “lgbt day of silence” and therefore is not supportive to the rest of the queer community and actually kind of serves to continue their silence it’s also funny because we don’t need more silence regarding queer issues we need to be loud about them we need everyone to be educated and informed and angry

a lot of people I know became more educated about lgbtqa issues because they saw people participating in the day of silence

there’s a lot of noise in today’s world and having one of your friends suddenly go a day without talking to you makes you ask questions that you’re suddenly on your own motivated to find the answers to

yes, we need noise. we need education and information. passion. but sometimes going from one extreme to the other can be just as noticeable as the loudest shout.

When we did the DoS at my high school and then when I brought it to my college we presented it to whatever classes any individuals participating happened to be taking that day as, “For every one person silent today, last year: ___ lesbian, gay, or bisexual youth and ___ trans* youth are silenced by violence; ___ lesbian, gay, or bisexual youth and ___ trans youth are silenced by death; ___ lesbian, gay, or bisexual youth and ___ trans* youth were silenced by suicide; and it all started with ___ lesbian, gay, or bisexual youth and ___ trans* youth silenced by slurs and other bullying.

Your words matter. So does your silence. You can help stop it.”

With information about the breaking the silence meeting, ways to be an ally, where to pick up literature prepared ahead of time, etc.

It should be noted — when I was in high school, queer was still a word in that particular place and time being used primarily as a slur. Also, this all became more sophisticated year after year, in high school I had extracurricular coursework in advertising and media and getting messages across, and by college I knew to/was able to plan things out and be thoughtful in a very different way having done this multiple times.

When done right, DoS can be informative and empowering. When done poorly it can be fodder for harrassment and feelings of helplessness. But let’s acknowledge its strengths as a VEHICLE, a CONVERSATION STARTER, for the education and information that we want to share.

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In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage work—or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester.

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College - Svati Kirsten Narula - The Atlantic (via infoneer-pulse)

$478 for in-state upperclassmen

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i feel like this study deserves an article written about it that ends pushing for cheaper tuition costs rather than one that ends encouraging students to major in things that make money

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