The Recession

As part of a discussion in “The Houseparent Community,” I posted that I thought private facilities dependent on donations would be most effected by the recession.  I felt that programs primarily funded by the government would be fairly recession proof.  Turns out I was pretty wrong.  What I didn’t take into account was that when the economy was in recession, tax revenue is greatly reduced because salaries and profits are greatly reduced.

According to a recent article by “The Associated Press” cash strapped state governments are having to cut budgets and the programs that are being cut are the ones that most effect houseparents.  They are the community programs and group homes.  I personally think it will cost the states more in the long run to do away with these programs, but I guess in tough times, choices have to be made.

You can read the entire AP article by Clicking Here – “Cash-strapped states cut juvenile justice programs”

Confessions Of A Child Care Worker

I found this tonight on the Rhode Island Council of Resource Providers for Children, Youth, and Families (RICORP) website.  It was written by an anonymous “Residential Childcare Worker” and was first published in the RICORP newsletter.  For those that have worked in residential care for any amount of time you will be able to relate to at least some of it.  The more you have worked, the more you will relate. 

I think it is light hearted, while at the same time very revealing of the many realities of residential care and considering it is Christmas time, very appropriate.

Click here to check it out.


Just thought I would let everyone know that I updated the Training Resources, Links to Resources and Inspirational pages.  I either fixed or deleted broken links and made a few additions.  I am sorry I haven’t done it more often.

Parent Rapsody, Songs & Musical Mantras for Successful Parenting

This was sent to me by the author of one of my favorite Childcare Training Books (No Such Thing As A Bad Kid). I listened to the CDs and think this is a fun way to learn many of the things we need to be effective houseparents or just parents in general. It really has helped me, for example: Every time I feel like hollering at the kids, the song, “Don’t Yell, Gently Tell” comes to mind. You can watch the video of Don’t Yell, Gently Tell at the Parent Rapsody Website

I have mine loaded on my iPod and listen to them there, which is by far the least expensive way to get it. You can order the album through iTunes for $9.99. You can also order the CD from Amazon or direct from Charlie.

You can get more information about the album and preview the songs and lyrics at

From the Parent Rapsody Website

Words & Melodies by Charlie Appelstein, MSW
This novel approach to parent education combines rhythm, rhyme, wordplay, and engaging melodies to promote core child-rearing practices. A handy companion for all seasons of family life.

More than 25 singers and musicians were used to create Parent Rapsody, including: gospel singers from Boston’s Berklee School of Music; the choir from Temple Shalom in Newton, MA; an award winning trumpet player from Boston College; an internationally renowned vocalist from Virginia, and various members of the popular band, The Adam Ezra Group.

This approach to parent education is based on the science of neurology:

“The brain is designed to change in response to patterned, repetitive stimulation.”

By using engaging melodies and mantras (raps), we hope to make the important principles and techniques presented in this CD more accessible to parents.