Keys for Networking, Inc.

Call (785-233-8732)
Email [email protected] Keys staff answer parent/youth questions.

We provide training and support to help Kansas parents learn to manage children with emotional behavioral problems. We help parents negotiate mental health, primary health, substance abuse prevention, and education services.

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12/29/2023

Use this guideline to help track your child's social-emotional development for their first five years! 👶🏽➡️👧🏽

Social-emotional skills allow us to express ourselves appropriately in different environments and with different people. Developing these skills can boost your child’s confidence and help them in school, work, and life. ✅

Learn more about social-emotional development in our FREE brochure: https://pathways.org/print/social-emotional-brochure/

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What does respect look like in your family?

Credit: Whitney - sitwithwhit

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School librarians are community builders, innovators, collaborators, and so much more - including one of the best resources a student can have as they navigate the school year: https://blog.ed.gov/2023/10/school-librarians-one-of-a-students-best-resources/

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Imagine how good it would feel to be little and have someone stand up for you. What would you learn about your value? I'm guessing you'd learn that you matter. ❤️
With love,
Sarah

12/21/2023
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Are you tired of the "one-size-fits-all" approach to education? https://ilslearningcorner.com/2016-02-learning-styles-one-size-fits-all-doesnt-work/

12/21/2023

Via The Contented Child, Child Wellbeing Consultancy ❤️

Timeline photos 12/21/2023

There are six protective factors that can help the of all families. Learn about what they are and how to put them into practice. https://buff.ly/3AHHlQj

12/15/2023

Just being there, listening, and holding space is a magical thing to do for each other. It’s also hard and takes practice! This is so important with our children and is a skill for all of your relationships.

Thank you, Lunarbaboon.

Do you need help in refining your listening skills? I can help. Take a look at my website. www.becomingpeaceful.com.

12/15/2023

There are over 260,000 Kansans who don’t have health insurance, including 38,000 children. Join the majority of Kansans in helping others obtain necessary access to medical care with an expansion of Medicaid.

12/15/2023

With temperatures dropping, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced today that Kansans needing financial assistance to keep their heat on this winter can apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) earlier this year than in past years.

Read the full release here: https://www.dcf.ks.gov/Newsroom/Pages/LIEAP2024-NR.aspx

12/15/2023

A new CDC report shows that fi****ms used in unintentional firearm injury deaths among children and adolescents are often stored both loaded and unlocked. Children and adolescents were most often killed when the shooter was playing with or showing the firearm to others. Putting a firearm out of sight or out of reach is not safe storage and not enough to prevent use by children and adolescents. Secure firearm storage can save lives. Learn more: bit.ly/mm7250a1

12/14/2023

Make sure the Christmas tree is at least 3’ away from any heat source like floor vents, fireplaces, radiators, or candles.

12/14/2023

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, December has the highest occurrence of candle ignited residential structure fires. How long should a candle burn? A good rule of thumb is about 2 hours. Never leave your candle burning if you leave the room, the house, or go to sleep.

12/14/2023

🎼 'Tis the season for holiday school performances! 🎼

A special "Thank you!" to all the music educators helping our student performers shine this holiday season.

Five new Kansas license plate designs offered after first try met with widespread disgust - Kansas Reflector 12/13/2023

Five new Kansas license plate designs offered after first try met with widespread disgust - Kansas Reflector Kansans now have a five-day window to vote on license plate designs after overwhelming public criticism of the original plate proposal.

12/12/2023

Don't miss out on the holiday season by getting sick. Protect yourself and your loved ones by staying up-to-date on vaccines: https://bit.ly/3gpDWQw.

12/12/2023

Some really good ideas--only 2 weeks left!

12/11/2023

For college students, December comes with the promise of winter break. But first, students have to get through finals week.

Finals week can be a point of significant stress for many students. That's why it is crucial that students continue to prioritize self-care during the lead up to and through finals week.

What does self-care look like during finals week? It might include:
*Creating boundaries
*Taking regular breaks
*Making time for joy
*Evaluating your expectations
*Getting back to basics
*Not comparing stress
*Asking for help
*Remembering this is temporary

Read more: https://bit.ly/3xRIR1c

12/11/2023

Are you still shopping for your little one's holiday wish list?

Children of all ages are filling their lists with things like cell phones, iPads, video games, headphones, and other tech-related gifts.

But it's important to find a balance and ensure that today's connected kids ha​ve some quality off-line time, too. The holidays are a great time to get back to some of the basics in childhood play that foster communication and social interaction.

https://tinyurl.com/holidaygiftslowtech

Su***de Among Adolescents and Youths in Kansas - Kansas Health Institute 12/11/2023

Su***de Among Adolescents and Youths in Kansas - Kansas Health Institute Kansas had the 10th highest su***de rate in the nation for youths age 15-24 in the five-year period from 2016-2020.

12/11/2023

Remember these tips whenever it’s cold.. And always!

Find out more at: https://www.cpsc.gov/SafeSleep
www.nih.gov - search Safe to Sleep
www.cdc.gov - search Babies Sleep Safely

12/10/2023

"Tonight, after 2.5 years of living here, my oldest son sat down at the table with this.

He was about to chow down when I stopped him and asked what in the world he was doing.

He said, ‘I made myself dinner.’

‘But it isn’t cooked. I can cook that, you know.’

‘Well, I wanted to eat something I used to eat a lot with my old family.’

So, we sat down and I asked him to tell me about it.

He said that they wouldn’t feed him due to being passed out (you can guess why) and he would have to make dinner for himself and his brothers (ages 2 and 4 months when they came to us).

He said that all the money they had would be spent on ci******es and other ‘fun things’ and so he would find change in their van and buy Ramen packets at the store down the street, at 6 years old!

He said he didn’t know how to boil water, so he would eat it like this. And, he actually grew to like it.

So, he would break it up for his siblings, and would try to make bottles for the baby (at 6!!!!!!).

I asked him to make me some.

I sat there beside him and crunched it down with lots of water because it’s not great…and he just started talking about how the first time I made them Ramen, he wouldn’t eat it and I told him I remembered.

He said it’s because it reminded him of his Ramen packets and he didn’t trust me (big thoughts for 9!).

He said he isn’t sad he’s not with his ‘old family’ (his words) anymore, but that sometimes HE LIKES TO REMEMBER HOW STRONG HE HAD TO BE.

I write this so everyone knows trauma isn’t healed quickly (sometimes never), and adoption doesn’t erase the past or the memories.

Kids can change, and they will change with love, but please never give up on a kid because ‘they are hard.’

I walked away in shock, in sadness, and so so so proud of how strong my baby is. He’s so wonderful. And, we love him so much.

Friends, THIS is the life experience of kids who come from hard places.

THIS is living a trauma-informed life.

We can’t imagine what kids from hard places have lived through. It is not just about one act of abuse or neglect, it is about living in survival mode and doing it day in and day out.

It is about making sure younger siblings are also surviving, even at the expense of childhood.

Trauma infuses itself into every pore. Kids just don’t forget it. Their brains and bodies won’t let them.

Those of us privileged enough (yes, I said privileged) to enter into the lives of children with hard life experiences must be willing to sit down, eat uncooked Ramen noodles, and listen. We must not give up.

Our kids didn’t.”

Credit: Aubren D. & Barren to Blessed

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