For Johnny Brown, Fatherhood Session Coordinator at CHRIS 180’s Cure Violence Atlanta program, helping fathers is a calling. “All of us are on this journey of being fathers,” Johnny shared. “We work with participants to learn the life skills to be able to work, stay out of trouble and start talking about what it takes to be a good parent. When we help them show up in their child’s life, we are breaking the cycle of generational violence.” Every Monday from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at the Cure Violence Atlanta office,...

The cool breeze in the mornings lets us know that autumn is around the corner. I have not always been ready for this newness because I love the summer months and do not want to say goodbye to the warmth of the sun, the flowers, butterflies, lightning bugs, BBQs, late evenings and beach trips. There of course is nothing I can do to prevent the inevitable seasonal change. During the summer I embrace all I can as I know autumn is coming! I tackle projects, make the most of the...

Out of habit and routine, I begin my day with a fresh cup of coffee (or two). I like it rich and strong, with the perfect amount of cream and sugar. While the coffee is brewing and my home is filling up with that comforting aroma, I tidy up the kitchen, and scroll through social media on my phone. If I’m feeling ambitious, I may do some quick exercises or stretches.  Then I can enjoy that cup of warm goodness! After that first sip, I am alert, can think more...

In times of uncertainty and discomfort, it’s important that we depend on our routine and structure more than ever for self-regulation. You may ask, what is self-regulation?  Self-regulation refers to our feelings, our energy level and our ability to send and receive information. Think of a time when you’re relaxing outside, listening to the birds, and feeling the sun on your skin compared to when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic and someone just cut you off.  There is a difference in your energy, your feelings, your ability to send...

During this collective traumatic experience, we are all doing the best we can to manage, respond, and survive the crisis of pandemic. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption of our daily lives and routines, many of us are spending more time in the role of caregiver.  As we face stress and overwhelming feelings, we may find our self-talk moving towards criticism or doubt more than ever. We are human beings and we cannot be perfect.  One of the best things we can do for those that we care...