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End-of-Summer Update

on September 5th, 2012 at 1:10:46 PM

It’s been quiet here because we were very busy this summer with our families. We all work as volunteers, and we try to live by our values: time with family is the most important thing, so sometimes we just have to put our work on the back burner! Now we're happy to be spending some of our time focused on FAHN again.

We are shifting the traditional question we ask children (what did you do this summer?) to ourselves, with a focus on favorite “family together” times. Our Board and volunteers are sharing their favorite summer time memories, please tell us yours! 

- Cathy Myers, Executive Director


(We are also posting this on our Facebook page - please comment in either or both places!)

Table Talk

on February 29th, 2012 at 6:01:30 PM

Mom and sociologist Dina R. Rose, Ph.D. says "It's Not About Nutrition" and she helps parents understand the science-based feeding practices that lead to life-long healthy eating.

She writes:

Proportion, variety and moderation are easy for toddlers to understand.

  • Proportion: We eat more fresh, natural foods than anything else (including crackers, hot dogs, sugary yogurts, candy, cookies...) 
  • Variety: We eat different things on different days. 
  • Moderation: We only eat when we're hungry. We stop eating when we're full.

Read "Table Talk" and let us know what you think. 

Housewife? at-home mother? feminist?

on February 23rd, 2012 at 2:13:36 PM

This essay by Nancy Vazquez has long been a favorite. It's included in our Transitioning Home discussion group materials: More about the discussion groups here.


by Nancy Vazquez

Back when I was dating, there were a few boys, and later men, who were put off by the fact that I was brainy and ambitious. I had the feeling they weren't quite comfortable with a girl who made better grades than they did or a woman who didn't hesitate to voice her feminist views.

I wonder about those men now. I wonder what they would think if they could see me folding laundry with my sons as we wait for my breadwinner husband to come home for dinner in our typical suburban house. I wonder what they would say if they knew that I had become a brainy, ambitious, feminist housewife.

Read more....


Transitioning Home discussion groups

on February 18th, 2012 at 4:25:49 PM

A parent who leaves the paid workforce to be at home often experiences unexpected feelings and questions related to being an at-home parent. Family and Home Network offers Transitioning Home parent discussion groups and during this six-week series of meetings, we cover many topics including:

· Expectations, personal identity and the potential for personal growth

· The needs of infants and the critical mother-infant relationship

· Myths and realities of a home-based life

· Family, community, cultural influences

We meet online, using Google+ hangouts. Each Transitioning Home discussion group will include up to 6 parents and a facilitator from FAHN; meetings will last 90 minutes. Materials for reading between meetings, reflection/writing opportunities, and both individual and group exercises will be provided. Some materials will be emailed to you each week, some is offered on a private website just for Transitioning Home participants. 

For more information, and to indicate your interest, please see the Transitioning Home webpage.

Making Human Beings Human

on January 20th, 2012 at 3:22:37 PM

The great Urie Bronfenbrenner, professor of human development, wrote in a 1988 essay:

"In order to develop normally, a child needs the enduring, irrational involvement of one or more adults in care of and in joint activity with that child. In short, somebody has to be crazy about that kid. ...Of all the settings that help make us human, the family provides the most important developmental conditions: the love and care that a child needs to thrive. A healthy child and future adult is one who has such devoted people actively engaged in its life--those who love it, spend time with it, challenge it, and are interested in what it does and wants to do, in what it accomplishes from day to day. Other settings, such as school, church, or day care, are important to a child's development, but nothing can replace this basic unit of our social system: the family is the most humane, the most powerful, and by far the most economical system known for making and keeping human beings human."

Urie Bronfenbrenner, “Strengthening Family Systems,” in Making Human Beings Human: Bioecological Perspectives on Human Development, 1st ed. (Sage Publications, Inc, 2004).

Welcoming our first website editor!

on January 10th, 2012 at 5:03:27 PM

We’re happy to introduce our first volunteer web editor, Joanne LaSpina. With experience as a blogger on her own site, Joanne was willing to dive into learning how to use FAHN’s website building tools. She’ll be adding content to the FAHN website—and started with her own article. Challenging Journey: Food Allergies was first published in our monthly journal Welcome Home. Thank you, Joanne, for volunteering!


Happy New Year!

on December 29th, 2011 at 4:34:01 PM

We just sent out our E-News – with the link below you can read it online: it includes some exciting news about our 2012 plans as well as links to the latest additions to our website. Please pitch in to support our work with a tax-deductible donation—since 1984, individual contributions have kept this grassroots nonprofit organization going. At the bottom of the E-News, there’s a “subscribe” link—sign up and have it delivered to your email inbox. Happy New Year to all!

Family and Home Network's E-News

Make Believe

on December 13th, 2011 at 6:21:29 PM is critical to children's expression of strong feellings such as anger and fear. Play offers children opportunities to reflect on their experiences and to explore possible future scenarios... read more of my review of Dr. Susan Linn's book The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World.

Gift-Giving: You Won't Find This in a Store

on December 5th, 2011 at 4:43:57 PM

Here are some out-of-the-box ideas on gift giving from our staff and volunteers...

Please share your own ideas by posting a comment (comments are moderated so there will be a delay before they appear).


Fostering Appreciation In Children

on November 20th, 2011 at 8:58:58 PM

From long-time editor and writer Nelia Odom: Fostering Appreciation in Children