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Welcome to the How Are the Children SRFC Website

Welcome to the How Are the Children Website of the Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative (SRFC) , where we continually ask the question, "How are the Children?" in guiding the work we ALL do to support children, youth and families in Suburban Ramsey County. 

The Power of Family Meals

Think over the past week.  How many times did you sit down with your children to eat a meal? 

Just one thing (eating meals together) done three times a week makes a huge difference in your child's future.  And, it's good for the whole family. 

Research shows that children who share at least three meals a week with their families do better in school and are less likely to:

Ask our Candidates "How are the Children?"

As the November elections near, Minnesota's Childrens Defense Fund (CDF) reminds us, and our candidates, about the importance of asking "How are the Children?" before making policy decisions.

As adults we to talk around the real issue of ‘How are the children?’ and instead focus on self-interests, such as who pays taxes and how much, who can get a marriage license and who can’t, and many other issues that are secondary when a child’s life and future are at stake.  Norma Bourland, CDF-MN

What Does it Cost to Create a Rich Environment for Kids?

We recently had the opportunity to talk with parents in the Early Childhood program of Roseville Area Schools about what parents can do to encourage their child’s interests and talents.  We talked about how as parents, we need to really notice and help our children discover and express what is unique about them. 

Liking School Matters

Kids who feel supported and cared for as learners and as individuals by the adults and students in their school do better--both in and out of school.

Research shows that liking and feeling connected to school is a very important protective factor for kids that positively influences not just academics but also their social and emotional health.  Unfortunately, too many kids feel disconnected from school.

The 2007 Minnesota Student Survey included three questions that help measure how connected our students feel toward school:

Help Our Neighbors in Suburban Ramsey County

Looking for a way to support children and families in our communities?  How are the Children? has posted  a list of organizations who accept donations of food, household goods, furniture, clothing, and cash.  If one of your New Year's resolutions is to clean and organize, bring food and/or your clean, gently used clothing, towels, sheets, coats, boots, etc. to one of these organizations. 

Finding Help with Food, Clothing & Shelter

In the past few weeks, I've talked with a couple of people who weren't aware that there is help for struggling families in Suburban Ramsey County.  If you are a resident of Suburban Ramsey County, including Arden Hills, Falcon  Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North St.

Take Time to Talk with Your Teens

If you make only one New Year's Resolution this year, let it be that you will promise to take time to talk with your teens.  Many times, parents pull back from their teens just  when our kids most need our support and guidance. Your teen may act like you don't matter but research shows that the number one reason kids don't use alcohol or drugs is concern about their parents' disapproval.

God, I miss my baby girl

September 6-12 is national Suicide Prevention Week.  In recognition of this, we’re sharing the story of a girl named Sarah who, just over a year ago, took her life through suicide. 

In his grief and concern that no other parent ever experience what he experienced, her father shared their story in the hope that other parents will see the subtle signs and get the help they need for their child.

Go for it, Grandparents

When I started in my position as Coordinator of How are the
Children? I met with many people who have been working to create healthy
communities for Suburban
Ramsey County
kids for many years.  Kirsten Dawson
shared some vintage copies of the PCN Communicator, the newsletter of the
District 621 Parent Communication Network. 

This entry, written by Murt Seltz, in the December 2000
newsletter is still as good today as when it was written.