|The Gratitude is Amazing!
When I first began with Pure nearly eight years ago, with a sixth-grade boy, I thought to myself "there's no way these kids want to hear about all this." Boy, was I wrong! Studies show that students want to know this information, but are usually afraid to ask. I've spoken with so many adults who said their parents never talked with them about this topic. We are finding this still to be true as students tell us in their post-surveys that their parents have never told them these things, and for some, that these topics were "off limits" in their home.
We know it can be uncomfortable talking with our children about healthy sexuality, but we want to help parents open the door of communication with their students, provide resources for parents, and help the students realize these conversations should be ongoing and comfortable in their homes. "We know parents are the best educators of their children and we want to help these parents," says Shari McCutcheon at every public speaking opportunity. We are, by no means, trying to replace the parent/child conversations, we are trying to enhance and get the engagement started.
As I mentioned, I thought students wouldn't want to hear, probably because I wasn't comfortable in opening the door. However, the more I've learned, read articles on the importance of talking opening with your child, my paradigm has shifted drastically. Thankfully, I began talking and talking and talking! I didn't schedule times to talk, I just shared as opportunities arose. I didn't look at it as a "one and done" talk. It has to be ongoing dialogue. I used news stories, other students stories and anything else that appeared to be an open door to a conversation just to stay connected to my son. Thankfully, he was listening, even when it appeared that he might not have been.
The number of students who thank us for coming to the classrooms is astonishing. We hear comments over and over such as this one:
"This program showed me even more about what could happen. It was very meaningful that people volunteer to do this because they want me to make healthy decisions."
Several of the students share comments thanking us because they have been worried about their friends and classmates who aren't making healthy decisions and want the best for them. It's so encouraging to us and our volunteers to read these comments and know that we are making a difference in this younger generation. Their gratitude is amazing and so appreciated!
If you have children or grandchildren, remember they may act like they aren't interested or don't care about these topics, but keep on talking and find ways to connect to share the message that they have value and worth. Encourage them to stay focused on their futures and engage in healthy relationships so they can have the very best for themselves. I have such a passion now to encourage parents in this area.
We invite you to share our newsletter with other parents who might be in the heart of parenting teens to encourage them along the way. If you have this passion as well and would like to walk alongside us in this journey to reach our youth and help them live their very best life, please contact Shari McCutcheon.
Development Director, Pure Education
Pure In the Community
Pure invited to Rotary Clubs
We met lots of great people at the Jeffersonville Rotary Club this month when asked to be a guest speaker and share more about our programs. Thank you for your interest!
The Rotary Club of Clarksville was one of very first public speaking engagements when Pure began in 2012. They asked us to return and tell more about our journey and how we've grown. Thank you for your continued support!
We took our Connect2Pure to Madison and held an evening meeting at the Salvation Army. It was a great turnout sharing our growth in that area and enlisting the support of that community.
We concluded our local luncheons for this year this month with one of our largest groups in attendance. We won't be holding lunches in November and December due to the holidays. What a great way to close out this year and so excited about all our new volunteer instructors.
Help Us Grow
New Communities - Who do you Know?
We are wanting to hold more Connect2Pure gatherings in several counties as we begin to build some of our current, and new communities. Counties requesting first-time programming or additional programming include:
Scott County - Austin
Washington County - Salem Middle
Floyd County - New Albany High School
Clark County - Clarksville Elementary
Harrison County - South Harrison
Carroll County - Carroll Co. High School
Please be thinking of who you know in any of these areas who would love to learn more about Pure and how they can become involved. You can send their name and contact information to Sandy at email@example.com and we will invite them to the gathering in their community.
4 Things Moms Need to Stop Saying
Sometimes our best intentions aren't the best ways to handle situations with our families. Here's a good reminder on how to handle disappointments and rough days. Hope this helps!
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Should You Give Your Kid a Phone?
We agonize over when to give our kids their first phone, but what kind of cell phone to give them is becoming just as big of a question. Retailers are swooping in with phones directed at this new “first phone” market, like Relay, Gabb Wireless, and ClearPhone. But will these phones really keep kids safe from the dangers of smartphones?
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Why Parents Really Need to Put Down Their Phones
I am guilty. I raised my son in a smartphone world and I was looking at my phone when I was with him more than I'd like to admit, but blogs like these are great reminders to help us all to make our children and grandchildren our focus when they are with us. Check out the article on this topic from Psychology Today.
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Thank you to the new enrollees for Community Rewards! If you have not yet signed up, please take a few moments to enroll in Kroger Community Rewards and all your grocery shopping will benefit Pure and impact students in your community. Every little bit helps.
Log onto: www.Kroger.com/communityrewards, and sign up choosing Pure Education Initiative. If you need help signing up, call Sandy Sorrells at 502-693-3480 and she will step you through the process. The more participants we have, the greater rewards for Pure.