What does it mean to be the Best Mom Ever?

Clara Reynolds
President & CEO
The second Sunday in May is Mother's Day.  If you follow my newsletter articles, you know I have a 13 year old son, Corey.  Over the years, Mother's Day has been celebrated in many ways in the Reynolds' family - breakfast in bed, thoughtful store-bought presents and simple, homemade treasures.  This year, Corey gave me a cup that said, "Best Mom Ever".  This simple cup and its simple message forced me to ask the question: what does it mean to be a good mom?

I started my search for this answer by firing up Google and typing "on being a good mom" in the search bar.  There were 254,000,000 results!!!  Articles from WebMd and surfaced first.  There were additional results focused on meditation and good mothering, wikiposts, psychological journal reports, trendy magazine surveys, and countless self-help books, reports, white-papers and articles all espousing the latest theories, trends and ideas on what being a good mother entails.  Honestly, this research left me feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and a bit inadequate as a parent!
KidsatTheCrisisCenter- MORE GOOD NEWS! -

A Life Changing Diagnosis: Juanita's Story

Juanita's life was challenging at times, but she had many reasons to be thankful. Her husband, Victor, was always caring and supportive and they had two healthy daughters, Natalia, age 14 and Emma, age 11. Money was tight, but she and Victor were both employed full time. She had recently started on the custodial staff at an elementary school and he was working as an auto mechanic.

Everything changed when she visited her doctor and was told she had breast cancer.  There were numerous follow-up visits and she soon learned she would need to have surgery and chemotherapy to fight the spread of the cancer. Not only would she be too sick to work, she would need help at home...
Free Child Development Screenings at 813-425-GROW

All children, birth through age five, should be screened regularly prior to school entry. Developmental screening is important because each child grows differently. If a child misses a critical stage, they may have a developmental delay.

The Children's Board of Hillsborough County ( has partnered with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay in developing the Child Development Infoline (CDI) and resource database.  Parents, family members, and friends who have questions about a child's development, behavior, or learning can call the CDI to speak with a care coordinator. The care coordinator will conduct a developmental screening to identify areas in which a child's development may differ from what is considered normal development in children of the same age. If a concern is identified, the care coordinator will help direct the caregiver to appropriate community resources and additional support.

To reach the Child Development Infoline, call 813-425-GROW (4769).   
Helping Families Improve Communication Skills

There are numerous emotional, financial, and interpersonal challenges to being a parent that can be overwhelming to anyone. Sometimes a family needs help to improve their communication skills and the relationships between family members.

Strengthening Families is a skills building program for families with children ages 3-17. The program is proven to help families get along better and improve children's behavior problems.  Participants go through a 10-lesson skills building course and are supported by weekly conference calls with a mentor, along with monthly in-person meetings.

The program has a proven track record. Five year follow up research demonstrates that 75% of parents experienced less family stress and conflict and 84% of parents did better problem-solving with their children. To learn more about Strengthening Families, click HERE
Survivors Raise Their Voice at Take Back The Night

On a warm and sunny Saturday evening in late April, a crowd gathered on the waterfront of North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Teal and purple streamers, balloons, and ribbons adorned the stage, exhibit tables, and tents throughout the park as the first musical artist took the stage to kick off Take Back The Night 2016.

Take Back The Night is a celebration of the resiliency of sexual assault and domestic abuse survivors. The evening provides the opportunity for survivors to connect with other survivors, and for people to raise their voice in unity in the fight against both types of violence.

Lissette Campos from ABC Action News and Drew Garabo from 102.5 The Bone served as emcees for the evening's program which included an empowerment march, anti-violence pledge, and candlelight vigil.

Many thanks to the sponsors and volunteers who helped make Take Back The Night 2016 a success!
Nova Southeastern University "Walks a Mile in Her Shoes"

There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes. It's not an easy walk. There are a few stumbles and bumbles, but it's a fun way to get the community to talk about something that can be difficult to discuss: gender relations and men's sexualized violence against women.

On April 27th, students, staff, and friends of Nova Southeastern University in Tampa gathered on campus with a common cause, to increase sexual assault awareness and prevention in our community.  Over 70 people participated in the walk where almost $1,000 was raised to support the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

Thanks to Nova Southeastern University faculty, staff, students, business partners and the school's Diversity & Inclusion committee for making the Crisis Center part of this great evening!  
EMS Week: May 15-21

The week of May 15th, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay will be celebrating those dedicated EMT's, Paratransit Drivers, Dispatchers, and additional support staff who are part of the TransCare Medical Transportation team.  Last year TransCare performed over 30,000 medical and mental health transports. The TransCare staff responds to 9-1-1 calls, handles Baker Act transports, and provides non-emergency transportation between medical facilities in the community. Be certain to visit the Crisis Center's Facebook page and say "thanks" to these local heroes during EMS Week!  
Events- Upcoming Events -

Share Your Heart Tours
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016 
Listen to stories about the people we help. See the facilities where we offer healing to clients. Hear about the urgent needs of the families we serve. Find ways to join us in making a difference in our community.

To learn more and register click HERE

 Beer & Bow Ties was created by a group of community volunteers. All proceeds will go directly to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, specifically benefiting Suicide Prevention and Awareness. Be certain to be there Wednesday, August 31st for a fun-filled evening! Tickets can be purchased HERE.     
EventsThank you to these Crisis Center Corporate Partners!

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