GLOBAL PARENTING NETWORK FAMILY
To join one of our ongoing dynamic Parent Groups, please click on the 'Group' page atop this website. We have something special for everyone!
Common Sense Parenting
Healthy Fathers Coalition
County Fatherhood Commission
Fathers & Families Coalition
Global Day of Parents
Youth: Pearls, Ambassadors, Mindquest (games) -
Military: Family Forum, Coaching & Counselling, Employment: Job Search, Workshops, Career, Veteran & Spouse, Housing -
Grandparents: Social Integration, Family & Cultural Values -
Education: Youth - Preschool, Secondary, Career Options - Post-Secondary - Adult: Lifelong Learning - Fitness: Mental, Physical & Spiritual -
Homeless: Food, Shelter, Transition (Recovery) - Family Health Management:
Grief & Bereavement: for parents and children - Music Therapy: for adults and children
Incarceration Support: Social preparedness and workforce skills
Pet Therapy - Media Training
Special Needs: Confidence building for adults and children with disabilities
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Global Parenting Network offers diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace and services, where all participants, employees, and volunteers, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability, are valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and services. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages, and we ensure that all voices are valued and heard.
We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire Family/Parent Enhancement protocol of the nonprofit sector, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.
To provide informed, authentic leadership for equity, Global Parenting Network works to:
See diversity, inclusion, and equity as vital to our mission and critical to ensure the well-being of our staff, volunteers, board, and the families and communities we serve.
Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.
Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
Advocate for and support board-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and how best to address them in a way that is consistent with our mission.
Help to challenge assumptions regarding what it takes to be a strong advocate and leader while serving as a leading service provider through our organization.
Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, volunteers, committees, and advisory bodies.
Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this behavior and demonstrate it in all internal and external interactions.
Global Parenting Network abides by the following action items to help promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace:
Pursue cultural competency throughout our organization by creating substantive learning opportunities and formal, transparent policies and practices.
Generate and aggregate quantitative and qualitative research related to equity
to make incremental, measurable progress toward the visibility of our diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. Once the content is curated it will be added to our website for others to access.
Pool resources and expand offerings for underrepresented constituents by connecting with other family and community resources and interactions committed to diversity and inclusion efforts.
Develop and present sessions on diversity, inclusion, and equity to provide information and resources internally, and to members, the community, and the Global Parenting Network Advocacy membership.
Develop a system for being more intentional and conscious of bias during the hiring, promoting, or evaluating process. Train our hiring team on equitable practices.
Include a salary range with all public job descriptions.
Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity. Challenge systems and policies that create inequity, oppression, and disparity.
GPN Parent Voices Groups
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Global Parenting Network is a recognition and resource organization for Parents throughout the world. Parenting has always been the single most influential leadership position, which provides the key to many of our social, economic, health, and educational challenges of the 21st Century. It is a gift with infinite responsibilities for the growth and development of another human regardless of race, ethnicity, geographical boundaries, or political influences.
Parents experience numerous challenges and joys as they exemplify and teach the respectable character, values, growth, and maturity necessary for confident communication. They partner with educators to teach the life skills necessary for their children to eventually work in areas such as science, healthcare, law, education, the armed services, retail, and as essential factory workers.
Billions of dollars are invested each year to provide parental resources that address issues that stem from the home environment. Home is the place where children are faced with the reality of affordability, planning, and responsible budgeting. Home is where children learn of personal hygiene, family health preparation and responses through checkups, and introduction to the medical world through the first doctor and nurse visit. Home is also where children engage in communication through learning to read and developing a vocabulary, interacting with others outside their four walls, and understanding their place in society.
The responsibility of parenthood is learned from experience, trial, and error. Until recently, there was neither a definitive instruction manual nor an obvious network in which parents could immediately join to learn how to be the best role models for their families.
Global Parenting Network recognizes that fact and has provided an essential lifeline. We have designed and implemented a dynamic interactive program known as the Parenting Platform. Young and mature mothers, fathers, grandparents, extended family, families with children facing special needs, the grieving, the single-family units, the military in transition parents, and the LGBTQ+ community finally have a common place to meet, discuss, enquire, recommend, share, and contribute wisdom to other less experienced parents.
Has this Covid-19 Pandemic hindered our global mission?
We are proud to say, “No!” We have adapted and launched our forums through our website, Zooming, video conferencing, blogging, emailing, and virtual coaching with opportunities to participate in our Parenting Platform workshops, focus groups, research interventions, and a host of additional exciting exchanges and learning forums. Our Teen Summits offer opportunities for youth to enhance the thinking skills and character-building from Elementary School level and above.
Global Parenting Network partners with focused professionals to identify opportunities to learn from Parents across the world at various stages of their Parenting experience. Occasionally new concepts and thought-provoking information is shared and discussed through our various interactions, which help us to craft and adapt our existing programs to be the best resources available to ensure parents have the necessary tools to confidently raise happy, healthy, well-adjusted children.
We invite you to visit our dynamic GPN Groups page atop this website.
The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings. For related information for healthcare settings, visit Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination.
Fully vaccinated people can:
Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
GPN IS A MEMBER OF THE
SESAME STREET IN COMMUNITIES ORGANIZATION
We encourage you to visit their website. Click on a topic for tons of resources that help kids (and parents!) with what matters most in young lives: health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness. All are critical to children’s healthy development…and together they build the foundation for a happy, healthy life.
Difficult Times & Tough Talks
Coping With Incarceration
With adults’ love and support, kids can cope with the incarceration of a loved one.
Dealing With Divorce
Separation or divorce means lots of changes, but love, comfort, and care can help children adjust and cope.
A parent’s injuries can affect routines and responsibilities, but family teamwork can help you face these changes and thrive during them.
Losing one’s home brings enormous challenges. And yet families are incredibly strong and determined to create a better future.
As an adult involved in foster care, you have an enormous job: building and rebuilding family structures and children’s sense of safety.
Your presence, love, and care help support children’s healthy development each and every day.
Moving Our Bodies
Children naturally love to move, but it’s not always easy to direct that energy or to find places kids can move freely. Set the stage so you can have fun moving with them every day!
Healthy routines help the whole family thrive.
Your family can prepare for emergencies together in easy ways.
A health emergency brings many changes and uncertainty for young children and families. But there are things we can do to face each day with optimism.
Helping Kids Grieve
Coping with the loss of a loved one brings enormous challenges. With love and support, children can start to heal.
Little ones need lots of help from caring adults to grow and thrive. A comforting, nurturing touch is actually necessary for healthy brain development!
Resources and support for families struggling with parental addiction.
Giving children tools to overcome both little and big challenges will help them to learn and grow.
You Matter Most
You are the most important factor in your child’s growth and development.
Building Language Skills
Talking thoughtfully with kids—and listening carefully to them—helps lay the foundation for school success!
Kids learn science by exploring the world around them. That’s why everyday moments are perfect opportunities to build science skills.
Grown-ups hold the power to help lessen the effects of traumatic experiences.
Veterans & Changes
With open communication and a little creativity, you can make children the heroes of an exciting new adventure.
When children are exposed to traumatic events within their own neighborhoods, communities, or across the world, you can help them feel safer and more secure…and build hope for a more peaceful, kinder future.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds - Autism
Share the amazing by celebrating and supporting the uniqueness of every child, including those on the autism spectrum.
Caring & Sharing
It’s a big world—children need to learn how to build relationships with the people all around them.
Caring for Kids
Family, friends, and neighbors make up a circle of care and support, filling children’s days with learning and love.
Fresh, healthy foods build strong bodies and minds.
Reading & Writing
Read books and share stories with children every day!
Use these resources to turn everyday moments into brain-building adventures.
When you help children to understand and express their emotions, you help them grow and thrive.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and each is unique in its own way. But one thing all families have in common is love.
Big emotions can be hard for little kids to handle. Tantrums are tough for kids and parents, but there are ways to help everyone cope with those difficult moments.
Learning Through Play
Play helps kids develop the skills needed for school and life.
Learning Through Routines
Everyday moments are learning moments!
You can help children with asthma by understanding what it is and how to be prepared.
Developing Math Skills
Math is all around us—and both kids and grown-ups use it every day.
Help kids understand money and learn to make good financial decisions.
Learning Through Art
Creating art gives children an opportunity to express themselves. Art can help bring science, math, and literacy concepts to life, and help kids develop important self-regulation skills.
Sesame Street is updating its cast with two new Black Muppets, 5-year-old Wes and his father Elijah. In a new clip from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit media and educational organization behind the popular children's program, Wes and Elijah explain the concepts of melanin and race to Elmo. "Elmo wants to know why Wes's skin is brown," the character asks as the trio looks at different colored leaves in the park. "I know why, Elmo! My mom and dad told me, it's because of melanin, right Dad?" Wes responds. "That's right," Elijah confirms, later adding, "Melanin is something that we each have inside our bodies that makes the outside of our bodies the skin color that it is. It also gives us our eye and our hair color." "The color of our skin is an important part of who we are but we should all know that it's okay that we all look different in so very many ways," he says.
WHITE RIBBON PLEDGE
Each year, our GPN CEO and President Dr's Greg and Christine Johnson join community leaders for the White Ribbon PLedge.
Since 1991 men have worn white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination. Through education, awareness-raising, outreach, technical assistance, capacity building, and partnerships, White Ribbon's programming challenges negative, outdated concepts of manhood and inspires men to understand and embrace the incredible potential they have to be a part of positive change.
THE PLEDGE: "I promise to never commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women. From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women and all gender-based violence.”
2021 U.N. GLOBAL DAY OF PARENTS
On June 1st, GPN partnered with News 5 Cleveland, and the United Nations to host a dynamic zoom celebration of parents with multi-Emmy Award-winning Investigative Reporter Jonathan Walsh from News 5 Cleveland as Moderator. Special Speakers included UN Representative, Dr. Raghavan from UNICEF, Judge Tonya R. Jones from the Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations, The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center, under the direction of Dr. Barbara Boone, and various parents from around the country.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER MODERATES CONFERENCE
GPN's conference for the UN Global Day of Parents was moderated by News 5 Cleveland's award-winning Investigative Reporter, Mr. Jonathan Walsh.
Mr. Walsh is a graduate of E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University and has previously worked for KRBC in Abilene, TX; WJAC in Johnstown, PA; KXLT in Rochester, MN; WTOL in Toledo, OH before joining the team at News % Cleveland. His most memorable stories include covering dozens of children involved in the Eastern Sandusky Childhood Cancer Cluster here in Ohio; Hurricane Katrina; Dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Cleveland Cavs NBA Championship; 2016 Republican National Convention.
He has been honored with many awards including 4 Edward R. Murrow Awards for Investigative Journalism, 7 Emmy Awards including two for Best Reporter, 18 AP Awards in several categories including Best Reporter, Investigative Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, and Continuing Coverage.
FATHERS WALK 2021
The Virtual Fathers Walk, supporting father involvement in education, was held on Thursday, October 15th at 9:00 am. The virtual event was sponsored by WKYC Studios and hosted by the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, Passages, and the Healthy Fathering Collaborative.
The event featured Brandon Simmons of WKYC Studios as emcee; author Margaret Bernstein reading her new book, The Fathers Walk; a tribute to founder Theresa Mejia Johnson by Al Grimes and Dr. Brian Moore; and the Fathers Walk Pledge led by community fathers.
We encouraged all fathers attending the Virtual Fathers Walk to reach out to their children's schools to continue involvement throughout the school year. Father and male mentor involvement in education matter more than ever this year during the pandemic. And we encourage the community to support the thousands of fathers, uncles, grandfathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, brothers, and mentors that step up to support the education of children in their lives.
During these winter months, our Chairman, Dr. Greg Johnson, and President, Dr. Christine Johnson, have been busy working with community partners in North East Ohio to distribute thousands of hot meals, other essential food items, toys, PPE, and extra warm clothing to the homeless, senior citizens, women's/men's shelters, and some of the most vulnerable families in the county.
These ongoing programs will serve those at most risk, and we are grateful to all our dedicated partners for their support and enthusiasm.
SEL DAY 2021
SOCIAL - EMOTIONAL - LEARNING DAY OHIO - Building Bonds, Reimagining Community! MARCH 26, 2021 ORGANIZED BY THE OHIO STATE DEPARTMENT OF education Co-sponsored by SEL4US & Urban Assembly
GPN was part of the second annual International SEL Day was held on March 26, 2021, as an opportunity to spread the word about the importance and impact of social-emotional learning. Working together, we can raise awareness for SEL, bring on new SEL stakeholders, create artifacts that demonstrate SEL in action, share SEL best practices… and more!
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TO WORKING WITH PETS
Pets come with some powerful health benefits, including relieving depression and anxiety, lowering stress levels, and even improving your heart health. Most pet owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with companion animals. However, many of us remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of stroking a furry friend
Pets have evolved to become acutely attuned to humans and our behavior and emotions. Dogs, for example, are able to understand many of the words we use, but they are even better at interpreting our tone of voice, body language, and gestures. A loyal dog will look into your eyes to gauge your emotional state and try to understand what you are thinking and feeling.
Pets, especially dogs and cats can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, though, a pet can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.
While people with pets often experience the greatest health benefits, a pet does not necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and lower pulse rate.
Adults and children have a strong need for touch. Even hardened criminals in prison show long-term changes in their behavior after interacting with pets, many of them experiencing mutual affection for the first time. Stroking, hugging, or otherwise touching a loving animal can calm and soothe you when you are stressed or anxious. The companionship of a pet can also ease loneliness, and most dogs are a great stimulus for healthy exercise, which can substantially boost your mood, ease depression, reduce anxiety, and calm the symptoms of PTS, and PTSD.
The pet/human relationship can help prevent illness and even add years to your life, while isolation and loneliness can trigger symptoms of depression. Caring for a live animal can help make you feel needed and wanted, and take the focus away from your problems, especially if you live alone. Most dog and cat owners talk to their pets, some even use them to work through their troubles.
There are many children in particular who have other pets including snakes, lizards, rabbits, birds, and fish who bring them comfort, joy, and a sense of responsibility. Children learn empathy, confidence, accountability, and an awareness of our natural world.
For children with disabilities, pets ease behavioral problems or an inability to deal with stress as they provide a source of positive, nonverbal communication. The playful interaction and gentle touch from a well-trained, docile animal can help soothe and decrease aggressive behavior—as can simply being exposed to bright aquariums or fish tanks. In many cases, a child’s problem behavior is a reaction to the stressed response of the primary parent. Pets can help ease the stress of mom and dad.
Children respond positively to pets because unlike parents or teachers, pets are never critical and do not give orders.
They are always loving and their mere presence at home can help provide a sense of security in children. Having an ever-present pet can help ease separation anxiety in children when mom and dad are not around.
Having the love and companionship of a pet can make a child feel important and help them develop a positive self-image. Kids who are emotionally attached to their pets are better able to build relationships with other people. Studies have also shown that pets can help calm hyperactive or overly aggressive kids. Of course, both the animal and the child need to be trained to behave appropriately with each other.
A bird can help develop a young and expanding mind by teaching a child empathy and understanding. Kids can talk with their birds without a fear of rejection, which enables them to build their confidence, and even their vocabulary.
Getting a guinea pig is a great way to teach your child responsibility. Guinea pigs are easy to care for—all they need is a small amount of formulated pelleted food, a large cage, and a vitamin C supplement, which makes them an ideal pet for young children.
Children and adults alike can benefit from playing with pets, which can provide a source of calmness and relaxation, as well as a source of stimulation for the brain and body.
Playing with a pet can even be a doorway to learning for a child. It can stimulate a child’s imagination and curiosity.
The rewards of training a dog to perform a new trick, for example, can teach kids the importance of perseverance.
Caring for a furry friend can also offer another benefit to a child: immense joy.
Some children with autism or other learning difficulties are better able to interact with pets than people. Autistic children often rely on nonverbal cues to communicate, just as animals do. And learning to first connect with a pet may even help autistic children in their interactions with people. Pets can help children with learning disabilities learn how to regulate stress and calm themselves, making them better equipped to overcome the challenges of their disorder. Playing and exercising with a dog or cat can help a child with learning disorders stay alert and attentive throughout the day. It can also be a great antidote to stress and frustration caused by the learning disability.
GPN'S COMMITMENT TO ATHLETICS
There are many benefits to children playing sports. Athletics are an important part of child development, and participation in sports has a lasting positive impact on them. The effects of childhood participation in sports go far beyond the physical and can impact a child mentally, emotionally, and socially.
The most obvious benefit of playing a team sport is physical. With the prevalence of sedentary indoor activities like video games, computers, and television, participation in organized athletic activities is sometimes the only physical activity children have. This makes participation in organized sports even more crucial.
Children and teenagers who participate in sports learn early to have better control of their bodies. This positively affects important motor functions like coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and balance. Those who develop these skills also develop the neural pathways to support them, and the positive effects can last a lifetime.
Participation in sports helps to strengthen muscles which leads to an overall increase in strength and stamina. Additionally, sports typically involve different types of movement including both sudden moves and slow, steady movements, which develop and strengthen both types of muscles.
Exercise is an essential part of maintaining healthy body composition. Children and teenagers who regularly participate in sports tend to be leaner than those who are more sedentary. Healthy body composition can also help ward off diseases like Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
The more active they are, the healthier their heart and lungs tend to be. Early participation in sports can set children on a lifetime path of habits that contribute to cardiorespiratory fitness and health.
Many parents are less aware of the positive emotional benefits that come from youth participation in sports. Negative body image is especially prevalent in girls who are approaching their teen years. Girls who play sports tend to have a healthier body image than their more sedentary peers. The sense of accomplishment that comes with athletic competition also leads to a healthier sense of self-esteem.
Youth who participate in sports can leave their stress and aggression on the playing field. This can result in decreased incidence of depression, stress reduction, and elevated moods. Regular participation in athletics can help to build young minds by requiring creative and strategic thinking, as well as increased focus and attention. Additionally, most sports involve some kind of scoring, which can help them to sharpen their mental math abilities. All of these skills translate not only to the classroom but to the skills necessary in the workforce later in life.
GPN encourages our parents to encourage their children and teenagers to actively participate in athletics, including those with children facing the challenge of disabilities in all their forms. We know from the Special Olympics, that there may well be a sport that even a child, moving around in a wheelchair, for example, can enjoy and participate in each day.
As adults, we learn in life, you win some and you lose some. Nothing brings this lesson home in early life better than participation in sports. Children quickly learn that both winning and losing are part of life, and they learn how to handle it graciously and develop strategies for coping with both. If this is not taught early in life, the child can grow to have serious psychological issues that may well affect their success later in life.
Athletic participation builds strong leaders. The leadership skills gained in sports can help our youth to excel in school, life, and in the workplace, and it has been well documented that youth who participate in sports are less prone to drugs and alcohol, and girls are also less likely to become teen mothers.