Shine On! helps raise ‘resilient kids’ Plattsburgh parents gathered to listen to Shine On!’s “Raising Resilient Kids."
by Jesse Taylor, SUNY Plattsburgh
Contributed by Colleen Lemza, SUNY University Faculty Senate Communications Committe
“The child gets to decide whether or not they’re going to eat and how much they want to eat,” Yandow said.
She also pointed out that parents have to “decide what food is available, where food is going to be available and when food is going to be available.” Keeping these ideas in mind and exposing children to various types of foods is the best way to get children to try new foods.
Another speaker, Del Hart, chair of the computer science department, gave a presentation on how to monitor internet access and screen time. However, Hart was quick to point out during his presentation that he tries not to monitor exactly what websites his own children view. He instead has conversations with them about what is and is not acceptable.
In addition to holding workshops for parents, Shine On! also participates in student outreach throughout the school year, culminating in an overnight with participating students and Shine On! committee members. Additionally, the members of Shine On! are extremely dedicated to the club, putting hours of work into the club each week.
“We call it the Shine On! bug because it literally sucks you in like it takes over your whole life,” Molly Nelligan, a current Shine On! committee member, said.
While that may be off-putting for some, Nelligan enjoys the work that she does and the impact that she has on young girls’ lives. Although Shine On! is directed toward young girls, Nelligan said that they are open to making it more “gender-inclusive.”
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